A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Meredith Weiss Character Analysis

One of Eggers’s friends. Meredith lives in LA but frequently visits San Francisco. When Eggers goes out one night while Toph is with a babysitter, he calls Meredith and invites her to come dancing. She accepts, and they spend the night drinking in a club before going to a beach, where they talk about his plans for Might magazine. As they speak excitedly about this idea, they are drawn to one another and soon find themselves kissing passionately. As they lie against the sand, a group of teenagers approaches them and starts to hassle them, throwing sand in Eggers’s eyes and roughing them up in a mean but mostly playful manner. After this, though, Eggers can’t find his wallet, so he chases them down and accuses them of stealing. With Meredith, they help him look for his wallet but are unsuccessful, so Eggers calls the police, but they kick him in the crotch and leave. Meredith then stays with Eggers until the police come. Meredith is also friends with John, and calls Eggers every time John threatens suicide.

Meredith Weiss Quotes in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

The A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius quotes below are all either spoken by Meredith Weiss or refer to Meredith Weiss. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius published in 2001.
Chapter 5 Quotes

I tell her how funny it is we’re talking about all this because as it so happens I’m already working to change all this, am currently in the middle of putting together something that will address all these issues, that will inspire millions to greatness, that with some high school friends […] we’re putting something together that will smash all these misconceptions about us, how it’ll help us all to throw off the shackles of our supposed obligations, our fruitless career tracks, how we will force, at least urge, millions to live more exceptional lives, to {standing up for effect} do extraordinary things, to travel the world, to help people and start things and end things and build things…

“And how will you do this?” she wants to know. “A political party? A march? A revolution? A coup?”

“A magazine.”

Related Characters: Dave Eggers (speaker), Meredith Weiss (speaker)
Page Number: 147
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Meredith Weiss Character Timeline in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Preface to This Edition
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...to make other alterations, creating a “domino effect.” For example, John and a character named Meredith Weiss are quite close in this book, but this isn’t the case in real life—Eggers... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...his ID so the bouncer doesn’t let him in. As such, he calls his friend Meredith and asks if she wants to meet up. She accepts his invitation and they go... (full context)
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Leaving the club, Eggers and Meredith go to the beach, where they sit in the sand and talk about their ambitions.... (full context)
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As Eggers and Meredith start having sex, a group of teenagers approaches them. “Because I’m stupid I assume they’re... (full context)
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Eggers and Meredith find a pay phone and call the police, who come and listen to Eggers’s repeat... (full context)
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Meredith and Eggers are relatively silent on the way home. Eggers drops her off and then... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...off Toph and they decide to head home. Upon arriving, Eggers receives a call from Meredith, who tells him their friend John has “been talking to her about ingesting the pills... (full context)
Chapter 10
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At his friends’ apartment that night, Eggers receives a call from Meredith, who tells him that John is “threatening” suicide again. Distracted by the fact that his... (full context)