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The Purloined Letter Summary - Edgar Allan Poe Plot Diagram

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • The Prefect of the Paris police goes to see C. August Dupin, a private eye, who recently helped him solve ‘The Murders of Rue Morgue’. His new case is about a stolen letter!
  • CLIMAX
  • Plain Sight
  • A letter was stolen from a powerful lady. The main suspect is Minister D, a man who Dupin has bad blood with.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • The prefect searches the minister's apartment and comes up empty. When he returns to see Dupin, the private eye gives the prefect the letter.
  • RESOLUTION
  • You're welcome!
  • Dupin explains how he was able to think like the thief and recover the letter!
  • Dupin supplanted the letter with an identical, which reads, “So baneful a scheme, if not worthy of Atreus, is worthy of Thyestes.”
  • Dupin is able to solve the case and get revenge for a wrong committed against him by the Minister.
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