A Hope in the Unseen

by

Ron Suskind

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Helaine Schupack Character Analysis

Cedric’s tutor during his first year at Brown. She is an exceptional tutor, and worked with Dr. Korb’s son when he was younger; now, when Cedric is struggling academically during his freshman year, Dr. Korb contacts Helaine and arranges for her to tutor Cedric, footing the lofty $40/hour bill. Helaine finds Cedric’s writing deeply impactful, and it helps her put aside her professional detachment and truly connect with her student.

Helaine Schupack Quotes in A Hope in the Unseen

The A Hope in the Unseen quotes below are all either spoken by Helaine Schupack or refer to Helaine Schupack. 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 Broadway Books edition of A Hope in the Unseen published in 1998.
Chapter 10 Quotes

It’s exciting to work with a kid who is so devoid of irony, so unguarded. And also terrifying. While it’s not going to be easy to get him where he needs to be academically, Cedric simply can’t afford to fail. He’s got everything—God, mother, faith—riding on making it. The thought makes her short of breath.

Related Characters: Helaine Schupack (speaker), Cedric Jennings, Donald Korb
Page Number: 242
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Helaine Schupack Character Timeline in A Hope in the Unseen

The timeline below shows where the character Helaine Schupack appears in A Hope in the Unseen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: A Bursting Heart
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Helaine Schupack has been waiting for Cedric Jennings for almost 20 minutes when he shows up... (full context)
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...succeed, suspecting that everything in his life is riding on his outcomes here at Brown. Helaine knows that at this point, Cedric does not have the kind of dispassionate analytical writing... (full context)
Class vs. Wealth Theme Icon
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...Korb, who asks about his issues with Rob, how things are going with his tutor Helaine, and how he did on a particular paper he was worried about. He has gained... (full context)