Coming of age (3): Parenthood

So far in this brief look at the process of maturity in Drood, I’ve considered the child in Deputy and the young adults in Rosa and Edwin. However what is most conspicuous about Drood is its absence of parents. Mrs Crisparkle and the Dean are the only natural parents in the text, and even then we only …

The Invisible Woman and Drood

With Ralph Fiennes’s big-screen adaptation of Clare Tomalin’s biography of Ellen Ternan set to premiere this month, it seemed an appropriate time to consider the question of Ellen’s role in Drood. Given the great lengths Dickens went to to keep his mystery lady out of the public eye, it is difficult to assess the influence of her …