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The Thirteenth Tale Themes

Diane Setterfield
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Themes

Twins

This novel is the story of two women, both of whom claim to be twins for a large portion of the novel. The first is Margaret Lea, the only child of a bookshop owner and his severely depressed wife. Margaret learns when she is still a child that she once had a twin who died shortly after birth. Margaret's parents never told her about this twin, but with the knowledge she realizes she has always known that a part of her was missing. Later in life, Margaret learns that she and her twin were conjoined and that during the separation proceedure her sister was killed. Margaret feels a great deal of guilt for the death of her sister, but she also feels as though a part of her is missing, that she is not whole. The Missus suggests that the feeling is like that of an amputee and...

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