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"It has often been remarked that woman have a curious power of divining the characters of men"(75). This quotation from The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens reflects the opposite of what a typical Dickensian society is supposedly based upon. In this standard society, the plot would be based around the life of a dominant male. Although the title reflects a male name, the movement in the novel is directly related to the exploits of a particular character, Rosa Bud. Fondly called Rosebud by her peers, she is the apple of every man 's eye and the envy of every woman 's. She takes control in the plot not because she evidences forceful or masculine qualities, but because the powerful characters in Cloisterham, males, are all in love or…show more content…
Edwin is still unaware of what is wrong and concludes that Rosa "is not used to an audience"(51). This situation may imply that Jasper is controlling Rosa with fright and therefore taking charge of the book, but it is necessary to look at how the situation, how Rosa ended up at Jasper 's home, came about. Jasper had this particular group of people over as a way to meet the Landless twins, Helena and Neville. He wanted to introduce them to his friends and nephew. More likely it was a way to be closer to Rosa, because of his affection for her. Since Rosa lives in a nunnery, there is very little time for opportunity outside of her peers also living there. Jasper has fallen in love with Rosa through the time that he has spent with her during her music lessons, which he is providing for her. To have more contact with her Jasper devises a situation where it would seem natural for him to invite Rosa.
Jasper 's feelings are confirmed toward the end of the novel when he confesses that he "loves her madly"(173). This is something that Rosa has always known or felt since the times of her music lessons. Rosa does not put an abrupt stop to his feelings. Instead of telling him point blank that she does not return his feelings, she remains quiet and just "moves her hand"(175) as if to keep the door open on whether or not she returns his strong emotions.
The piano scene, where Rosa runs crying, provides Rosa with another confidant, Helena. When Rosa begins to weep,
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