The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Emile Character Analysis

Ruby’s husband, a young, handsome, risk-taking entrepreneur whose endeavors bring him great wealth. He is enthralled with glamour, money, the ocean, and Ruby herself. He pours his energy and money into building and maintaining Ruby Pier in dedication to his love for his young wife. When the first Ruby Pier burns to the ground, he is left crippled, financially ruined, and depressed. For the rest of his life, he is in and out of the hospital, and Ruby spends her life caring for him.
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Emile Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The timeline below shows where the character Emile appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
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...visiting men, until one day, when a handsome, rich businessman came to her diner. This man—Emile—took her to beautiful sea resorts and bought her extravagant things. When he proposed to her,... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...story. On one Fourth of July, some drunken workers accidentally set Ruby Pier on fire. Emile saw the entrance columns, marked by Ruby’s name and picture, bursting into flames, and he... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...him and his father because Eddie’s father was sharing a hospital room with her husband, Emile. When Ruby learned that Eddie’s father worked and had fallen ill at Ruby Pier, she... (full context)