Maisie Dobbs Maurice Sayings

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Maisie Dobbs Essay:
Maurice’s Sayings

Wisdom is a certain inner knowledge, acquired over a period of time either by experience and intelligence in both a spiritual and/or intellectual manner. In Jacqueline Winspear’s book, Maisie Dobbs, Maisie gains her wisdom via another human being who is willing to share his insight with her. From the time she was a young girl, Maisie was educated first in school, then later on, throughout her private investigating career by Maurice Blanche, a tutor. His wise points of counseling are strewn about the book, so there is clearly significance to what he has to say. These various statements enlighten Maisie, allowing her to achieve success in her career of private investigation. Actions as simple as mimicry or even a change in posture are what allow Maisie to make further advancements in her cases at hand. In addition, these statements also at times spark ideas for Maisie, and bring forth multiple illustrations of foreshadowing. Towards the end of the book, when Maurice and Maisie meet and are discussing “The Retreat” and its inhabitants, Maurice describes the time of dawn as, “an almost mystical hour. A time when the light is most likely to deceive the eye, a time between sleep and waking. A time when a man is likely to be at his weakest. Dawn is a time when soft veils are draped across reality, creating illusion and cheating truth. It is said, it is darkest just before dawn." This saying expresses and displays themes that help relate the book to WWI, and shed light on Craiglockhart, and the types of disfigured Officers that spent the rest of their miserable lives there. It is also important to note that this ‘Maurice-ism’ applies to modern-day living, and can provide quite a bit of insight to humans today.

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