Alias Grace

Alias Grace

The maid at Rachel Humphrey’s house, who also occasionally works in the laundry at the Governor’s wife’s house. Grace dislikes Dora’s taste for gossip. Dora and Dr. Simon Jordan also do not like one another, with Dr. Jordan consistently describing Dora in misogynistic terms. He even “tries imagining [Dora] a prostitute—he often plays this private mental game with various women he encounters—but he can’t picture any man actually paying for her services.”

Dora Quotes in Alias Grace

The Alias Grace quotes below are all either spoken by Dora or refer to Dora. 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 Anchor Books edition of Alias Grace published in 1997.
Chapter 49 Quotes

He’ll begin to tiptoe up the stairs, intending to avoid her. Then he’ll turn around, make his way to her room, shake her roughly awake. Tonight he’ll hit her, as she’s begged him to; he’s never done that before, it’s something new. He wants to punish her for his own addiction to her. He wants to make her cry; though not too loudly, or Dora will hear them, and trumpet scandal.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Mrs. Rachel Humphrey, Dora
Page Number: 408
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Dora Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Dora appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Simon pouts over his breakfast, which the housemaid, Dora, is late in bringing to him. Simon dislikes Dora; she is unlike the European servants... (full context)
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Dora finally arrives with Simon’s breakfast and Simon thinks, “Dora—Pig—Ham,” noting the “associative tricks” his brain... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...sits down to record his dream. Behind him, the door opens and he calls to Dora to leave his breakfast tray on the table. When he hears a crash, he turns... (full context)
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When Mrs. Humphrey regains consciousness, she tells Simon that she had to let Dora go, because she could not pay her. Major Humphrey took money from Mrs. Humphrey two... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...change in the weather. He is eating breakfast with Mrs. Humphrey; she has cooked because Dora is no longer at the house, but she does not want to carry breakfast up... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...Grace takes her meal in the kitchen “just like a real servant,” which pleases her. Dora has been helping with the laundry at the Governor’s house and she informs Grace that... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Simon arrives home, and Dora greets him coldly at the door. Mrs. Humphrey invites Simon to dine with her, but... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...she was sent to the Governor’s house, where she worked alongside the laundress, Clarrie, and Dora. Clarrie commented that the only reason God must have put rich people on earth was... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...heard nothing from Dr. Jordan, she has heard many rumors about him and his landlady. Dora has even claimed “it was a wonder he hadn’t killed this lady and buried the... (full context)