Ishmael

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Grace Sokolow Character Analysis

The wife of Mr. Sokolow, at least twenty years his junior, Grace Sokolow is a jealous, narrow-minded woman who’s never told that Ishmael and Mr. Sokolow are good friends, and capable of communicating with each other. As a result, she comes to resent Ishmael, especially after he begins spending time with Rachel, her daughter. After Mr. Sokolow’s death, Mrs. Sokolow tries to reduce the amount of money left to Ishmael in Mr. Sokolow’s will. After she succeeds in doing so, Ishmael is forcibly moved to a carnival, setting in motion the events of the second half of the novel.
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Grace Sokolow Character Timeline in Ishmael

The timeline below shows where the character Grace Sokolow appears in Ishmael. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...the center of human civilization, teaching humans about their own culture. Ultimately, under pressure from Mrs. Sokolow , Ishmael moved to the city where he currently resides. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...through the phone book for the last name “Sokolow.” He finds the address for a Grace Sokolow , which he traces to a magnificent mansion outside of the city. There, the narrator... (full context)
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...Ishmael why he didn’t try to avoid his eviction notice—Ishmael must have been forewarned of Mrs. Sokolow ’s death. Ishmael says nothing. The narrator asks Ishmael if Ishmael is angry. Ishmael tells... (full context)