Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Aunt Pauline Character Analysis

Grace’s aunt, older sister to Grace’s mother. Aunt Pauline is domineering and disapproving of her sister’s marriage. Still, Aunt Pauline is very devoted to her sister and helps to support her nieces and nephews as Grace’s father’s alcoholism renders his family destitute. Aunt Pauline cautions Grace at a very young age not to follow her mother’s example and marry beneath her.
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Aunt Pauline Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Pauline appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...the ones God gave me.” Grace grew up in a village in Ireland. Her maternal Aunt Pauline (married to Grace’s Uncle Roy) was convinced that her younger sister, Grace’s mother, married below... (full context)
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...down and a man killed, Grace’s father comes under suspicion, though he is never arrested. Aunt Pauline and Uncle Roy begin supplying Grace’s family with food, and Grace helps her mother with... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Grace notes, “now I saw that we were in the same story as the one Aunt Pauline used to tell about my mother.” Grace also remembers a game she and Mary played... (full context)
Chapter 52
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...for the wedding to be arranged. The day of the ceremony, she says, “I remembered Aunt Pauline saying so many years before that I would no doubt marry beneath me, and wondered... (full context)