Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Charley Horse Character Analysis

Mr. Kinnear’s horse, of whom Grace is very fond. At different times both Mr. Kinnear and James McDermott express a bizarre jealousy of Charley Horse, whom they feel Grace likes more than either of them. Grace’s connection with Charley Horse (and with animals in general, including Mr. Kinnear’s cow) highlights how lonely Grace is.
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Charley Horse Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Charley Horse appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24
Social Class and Propriety Theme Icon
...a housekeeper.” Nancy gives Grace a full tour of the house. Grace particularly enjoys meeting Charley Horse in the stables. She also sees McDermott there; Nancy comments that “he is more surly... (full context)
Chapter 35
Storytelling and Power Theme Icon
Female Sexuality and the Nature of Women Theme Icon
Truth, Memory, and Madness Theme Icon
Gender, Ownership, and Power Theme Icon
Justice and Religion Theme Icon
...was referring to McDermott, and Grace icily corrects him, saying Mr. Kinnear was referring to Charley Horse . Simon then asks Grace several questions about whether Mr. Kinnear ever made sexual advances... (full context)
Chapter 39
Storytelling and Power Theme Icon
Female Sexuality and the Nature of Women Theme Icon
Social Class and Propriety Theme Icon
Gender, Ownership, and Power Theme Icon
Justice and Religion Theme Icon
Grace and McDermott board the ferry with Charley Horse , whom they have taken with them in their escape. Grace is posing as Mary... (full context)
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...ferry lands in New York State. While on the boat, McDermott had attempted to sell Charley Horse and the wagon; as a result, “the Customs Officer in Lewiston put[s] a duty” on... (full context)