Franklin reads Rosanna's letter which takes him to the quicksands and the presumed hiding place of the moonstone but there is no jewel, only Franklin's night-gown which Rosanna, secretly in love with him and believing he was the thief, hid to protect him. Then, knowing he would not return her affection, she killed herself. Later, feeling guilt for Rosanna's death, he learns from his lawyer Mr Bruff his belief that Rosanna convinced Rachel that Franklin was the thief and he pleads his innocence, being shocked when she tells him she saw him steal the moonstone.
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Rosanna Spearman places her love letter to Franklin Blake and other items in a deed box, secures it with a chain attached to a rock and throws it into the sea.
Franklin's retrieval of the box a year later is ludicrous . It now some 50 metres out at sea nowhere near a rock. It would have been buried in the sea bottom by the tides and waves and impossible to locate. The chain is loose and easily removed.
The deed box is clean, free of rust and weed. It is not a waterproof box yet the contents are dry and undamaged. Submerge such a box in reality and the contents would be all but destroyed. See more