Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Dr. Simon Jordan Character Analysis

A young, Harvard-educated American doctor with dreams of opening his own private asylum, Dr. Jordan comes to Kingston to evaluate Grace Marks. Dr. Jordan is genuinely interested in the causes of mental illness, and he is intrigued by the prospect of working with Grace. Over the course of his time interviewing Grace, Dr. Jordan gradually becomes less and less stable. He begins dosing himself with laudanum and starts an affair with his landlady, Rachel Humphrey. Throughout the novel, Dr. Jordan expresses disturbingly misogynistic and objectifying views about women, and he becomes increasingly frustrated by the fact that Grace is a woman who “eludes” him. When he hears word, near the end of the novel, that his mistress’ husband, Major Humphrey, is returning imminently, Dr. Jordan flees Kingston, abandoning his affair with Rachel and his interviews with Grace. In the wake of his departure, Dr. Jordan’s affair with his landlady is exposed and public opinion about him shifts, with several characters viewing him as lecherous and deceitful, and Grace herself remaining skeptical. Upon his return to his native Massachusetts, Dr. Jordan enlists in the Union Army; he sustains a head wound that causes him, according to his mother, to lose all memory of his time in Kingston and his work with Grace. Like Grace herself, Dr. Jordan is not a reliable narrator. This is significant and even surprising, as Dr. Jordan sets himself up as a rational, all-knowing counterpart to Grace, whom he views as mysterious and secretive. Dr. Jordan’s unraveling emphasizes the fact that even people whom society readily accepts as sane and upstanding have things to hide, including, as is the case for Dr. Jordan, deep-rooted prejudices and unconventional, compulsive sexual urges.

Dr. Simon Jordan Quotes in Alias Grace

The Alias Grace quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Simon Jordan or refer to Dr. Simon Jordan. 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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Chapter 16 Quotes

It would be helpful to me, if she were indeed mad, or at least a little madder than she appears to be; but thus far she has manifested a composure that a duchess might envy. I have never known any woman to be so thoroughly self-contained.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Grace Marks, Dr. Edward Murchie
Page Number: 132
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Chapter 19 Quotes

And since that time I have thought, why is it that women have chosen to sew such flags, and then to lay them on the tops of beds? For they make the bed the most noticeable thing in a room. And then I have thought, it’s for a warning. Because you may think a bed is a peaceful thing, Sir, and to you it may mean rest and comfort and a good night’s sleep. But it isn’t so for everyone; and there are many dangerous things that may take place in a bed. It is where we are born, and that is our first peril in life; and it is where the women give birth, which is often their last. And it is where the act takes place between men and women […] and some call it love, and others despair, or else merely an indignity which they must suffer through.

Related Characters: Grace Marks (speaker), Dr. Simon Jordan
Related Symbols: Quilts
Page Number: 161
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Chapter 21 Quotes

There were red smears afterwards, on his shirt, from where she’d started to undo his buttons; but it was the first time he’d ever kissed a woman, and he’d been embarrassed, and then alarmed, and hadn’t known what to do next. Probably she’d laughed at him.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker)
Page Number: 187-188
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Chapter 26 Quotes

So there I was, pretending not to watch, and there he was, pretending not to be watched; and you may see the very same thing, Sir, at any polite gathering of society ladies and gentlemen. There is a good deal that can be seen slantwise, especially by the ladies, who do not wish to be caught staring. They can also see through veils, and window curtains, and over the tops of fans; and it is a good thing they can see in this way, or they would never see much of anything. But those of us who do not have to be bothered with all the veils and fans manage to see a good deal more.

Related Characters: Grace Marks (speaker), Dr. Simon Jordan, James McDermott
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 229
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Then I say, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sir, this radish was like the nectar of the Gods. He looks surprised to hear me use such an expression; but that’s only because he doesn’t remember that I have read the poetry of Sir Walter Scott.

Because he was so thoughtful as to bring me this radish, I set to work willingly to tell my story, and to make it as interesting as I can, and rich in incident, as a sort of return gift to him; for I have always believed that one good turn deserves another.

Related Characters: Grace Marks (speaker), Dr. Simon Jordan
Page Number: 247
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Chapter 32 Quotes

Underneath her stiff dress there must be breasts, not starched and corset-shaped, but made of soft flesh, with nipples; he finds himself idly guessing what colour these nipples would be, in sunlight or else in lamplight, and how large. Nipples pink and small like the snouts of animals, of rabbits or mice perhaps; or the almost-red of ripening currants; or the scaly brown of acorn caps. His imagination runs, he notes, to wildwood details, and to things hard or alert.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Mrs. Rachel Humphrey
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 289
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Chapter 35 Quotes

Grace continues her stitching. She does not look up. “Nobody has cared about that before, Sir,” she says. “They told me I must be lying; they kept wanting to know more. Except for Mr. Kenneth MacKenzie the lawyer. But I am sure that even he did not believe me.”

“I will believe you,” says Simon. It is, he realizes, a fairly large undertaking.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Grace Marks
Page Number: 307
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Chapter 37 Quotes

But he’ll pry it out of her yet. He’s got the hook in her mouth, but can he pull her out? Up, out of the abyss, up to the light. Out of the deep blue sea.

He wonders why he’s thinking in such drastic terms. He means her well, he tells himself. He thinks of it as a rescue, surely he does.

But does she? If she has anything to hide, she may want to stay in the water, in the dark, in her element. She may be afraid she won’t be able to breathe, otherwise.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Grace Marks
Page Number: 322
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Chapter 44 Quotes

During the day, Rachel is a burden, an encumbrance, and he wishes to be rid of her; but at night she’s an altogether different person, and so is he. He too says no when he means yes. He means more, he means further, he means deeper. He would like to make an incision in her—just a small one—so he can taste her blood, which in the shadowy darkness of the bedroom seems to him like a normal wish to have.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Mrs. Rachel Humphrey
Page Number: 365-366
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Chapter 47 Quotes

Then there are his own requirements. There is passion in Grace somewhere, he’s certain of it, although it would take some hunting for. And she’d be grateful to him, albeit reluctantly. Gratitude by itself does not enthral [sic] him, but he likes the idea of reluctance.

Related Characters: Dr. Simon Jordan (speaker), Grace Marks, Mrs. Constance Jordan
Page Number: 388
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Chapter 48 Quotes

“You killed her,” breathes Lydia. “I always thought so.” She sounds, if anything, admiring.

“The kerchief killed her. Hands held it,” says the voice. “She had to die. The wages of sin is death. And this time the gentleman died as well, for once. Share and share alike!”

Related Characters: Grace Marks (speaker), Mary Whitney (speaker), Miss Lydia (speaker), Dr. Simon Jordan, Mr. Thomas Kinnear, Nancy Montgomery
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 401
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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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Dr. Simon Jordan Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Simon Jordan appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...appears to lose consciousness. The chapter ends with Grace saying, “This is what I told Dr. Jordan , when we came to that part of the story.” (full context)
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A young man enters Grace’s cell and introduces himself as Dr. Simon Jordan. Grace immediately asks whether the other doctor is going to return, and Dr. Jordan... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan tells Grace he is from Massachusetts and the two discuss his travels. Grace thinks that... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan asks Grace what the apple makes her think of. She knows that he wants her... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan tells Grace he would like to help her, saying that if she will talk he... (full context)
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This chapter is made up of letters. The first is to Dr. Simon Jordan from a Dr. Joseph Workman, superintendent of the asylum in Toronto. Dr. Workman tells... (full context)
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The second letter is to Simon from his ailing mother, Constance Jordan. Mrs. Jordan laments her son’s line of work, saying,... (full context)
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The third letter is from Simon to his friend Dr. Edward Murchie. Simon explains that he is working on behalf of... (full context)
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This is the first chapter that follows Simon. Simon’s late father was a well-to-do mill owner whose business recently failed. Simon now needs... (full context)
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Simon pouts over his breakfast, which the housemaid, Dora, is late in bringing to him. Simon... (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 uses. He eventually returns... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan arrives to speak with Grace. Grace notes, “The door must be kept open at all... (full context)
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Eventually, Grace becomes comfortable talking to Dr. Jordan , and enjoys the feeling of watching him take notes, “as if hundreds of butterflies... (full context)
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This chapter consists of a letter from Dr. Bannerling to Dr. Simon Jordan. Dr. Bannerling characterizes Grace as “an accomplished actress and a most practised liar” who... (full context)
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Simon unwillingly dresses for a meeting with Reverend Verringer. He is dreading the meeting because he... (full context)
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On his way out of the house where he is lodging, Simon tries his best to avoid conversation with his landlady, Mrs. Rachel Humphrey. She delivers him... (full context)
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Simon arrives at the Reverend’s house. Reverend Verringer is working on a petition in favor of... (full context)
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Simon arrives at the Governor’s house and meets the Governor’s wife, who looks at him with... (full context)
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The Governor’s wife introduces Simon to Mrs. Quennell, a well-known Spiritualist and the leader of the weekly meetings the Governor’s... (full context)
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Simon and Dr. DuPont discuss DuPont’s work; he characterizes himself not as a Spiritualist but as... (full context)
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Simon and Lydia peruse the scrapbook, which contains newspaper clippings of crimes. Lydia flirts with Simon,... (full context)
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Left alone, Simon finds himself thinking of Grace, comparing her with Lydia. He thinks Grace, in comparison with... (full context)
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It is the ninth day Grace has been visited by Dr. Jordan , and this time he has brought her a potato. Grace says, “Sometimes I think... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan tries, to no avail, to prompt Grace to talk about what else one might find... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan asks Grace to begin telling her life story. Annoyed, she replies, “I was born, Sir,... (full context)
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Grace begins narrating her life story. “As they say, Sir,” she tells Dr. Jordan , “you cannot choose your own parents, and of my own free will I would... (full context)
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...land again,” she tells Grace. Grace’s family is all seasick; Grace describes the ship to Dr. Jordan as “a sort of slum in motion.” Grace befriends a kind, elderly Catholic woman named... (full context)
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The final thing Grace tells Dr. Jordan about the sea voyage is that her mother’s teapot, which had been hanging in a... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...he was behind in the rent,” having spent all his money on alcohol. Grace tells Dr. Jordan , “I believe it was only then that I truly began to hate him.” (full context)
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...and is set to move to the Parkinson house in a week’s time. She tells Dr. Jordan , “I was thankful I had to go away, because if not, it would soon... (full context)
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This chapter consists of a letter from Simon to his friend Edward Murchie, with whom he was an undergraduate at Harvard. Simon congratulates... (full context)
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Simon dreams of swimming in the sea, grasping onto objects floating by, “things that were his... (full context)
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Simon sits down to record his dream. Behind him, the door opens and he calls to... (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... (full context)
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Simon returns with food and he and Mrs. Humphrey eat together. He asks Mrs. Humphrey whether... (full context)
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Grace notices that Dr. Jordan “looks more disarranged than usual, and as if he has something on his mind.” He... (full context)
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...that she has “come to a happier part of [her] story,” where she will tell Dr. Jordan about Mary Whitney. Grace describes the Alderman Parkinson house, “one of the finest houses in... (full context)
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...girl, and very mischievous and bold in her speech when we were alone.” She tells Dr. Jordan that it took her a while to become accustomed to Mary’s coarse language; Grace says... (full context)
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...button in addition to the four she has purchased; “people of that kind,” Grace tells Dr. Jordan , “consider four an unlucky number, and odd numbers luckier than even ones.” He also... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Grace later tries to send Mrs. Burt some money for her younger siblings—“but,” she tells Dr. Jordan , “I do not think they received it.” Initially Grace works as a scullery maid,... (full context)
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Grace describes for Dr. Jordan how she and Mary did the washing. She recalls how, for fun, she and Mary... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan asks Grace to pause so he can catch up in his notetaking. Watching him write,... (full context)
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...the dear deceased husbands are in the chests too.” Grace follows this up by telling Dr. Jordan , “All I can say, Sir, is that we were young girls, and young girls... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...he decides to stay home and return to school in the fall term. Grace tells Dr. Jordan : “I am afraid he was very much indulged, not least by himself. For if... (full context)
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...Alderman Parkinson presses Grace about the identity of Mary’s lover, but Grace remains mum. To Dr. Jordan , she admits that she “had [her] own suspicions,” strongly hinting that Mr. George Parkinson... (full context)
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...and, overwhelmed, she faints. “They said I lay like that for ten hours,” she tells Dr. Jordan . Grace then briefly awakened, disoriented and asking, “where Grace had gone.” She has to... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Simon leaves the Governor’s house, shaken by Grace’s story. He reflects that, though he has seen... (full context)
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Simon spots Mrs. Humphrey and “wonders why she insists on dressing quite so much like a... (full context)
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Simon arrives at the Reverend’s house and the two men discuss Simon’s progress with Grace. Simon... (full context)
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The men sit down to dinner, joined by the Governor’s wife and Miss Lydia, who Simon thinks looks like “a confection.” He privately thinks that “she should be on the platter,... (full context)
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That night Simon dreams of being wrapped in a large sheet, which he then realizes is actually “the... (full context)
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Grace meets with Dr. Jordan , who has brought her a parsnip (trying unsuccessfully again to prompt her to think... (full context)
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...next to Grace in the coach badgers her and presses himself against her. Grace tells Dr. Jordan that the man was drunk and “when they are in that state it is just... (full context)
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...the peddler shows up and defends Grace. Soon thereafter, Mr. Kinnear arrives to fetch Grace. Dr. Jordan interrupts to ask Grace what Mr. Kinnear looked like, and when she gives a simple,... (full context)
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...along, asking questions that Grace is too tired to answer. “It is strange,” Grace tells Dr. Jordan , “to reflect that of all the people in that house, I was the only... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan , reading aloud from Grace’s confession, comments, “And then everything went on very quietly for... (full context)
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...their “first falling out” while Grace is “doing up Mr. Kinnear’s room.” Grace explains to Dr. Jordan that it is difficult for “a woman who has once been a servant herself” to... (full context)
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...have been washed and ironed by her, before I was ever anywhere near.” Grace tells Dr. Jordan that when Nancy had hired her she’d hoped they’d be “like sisters or at least... (full context)
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Grace tells Dr. Jordan that “Nancy was very changeable, two-faced you might call her, and it wasn’t easy to... (full context)
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...and listen to him play. Eventually McDermott comes to listen as well, and Grace tells Dr. Jordan , “the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart” and... (full context)
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At the Governor’s house, Grace spends the morning mending lace. Dr. Jordan arrives, this time without any “item,” such as a vegetable. Dr. Jordan tells Grace he... (full context)
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After Dr. Jordan leaves, Miss Lydia comes in and tells Grace she has “an admirer” in Dr. DuPont.... (full context)
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The next day Dr. Jordan brings Grace a radish he bought at market. He tells Grace he has begun digging... (full context)
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...Grace that the two of them should “join together and demand [their] rights.” Grace tells Dr. Jordan that “the best thing at such times was just to nod and agree with him,... (full context)
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Dr. Jordan interjects to say that in McDermott’s confession, he stated that it was Grace who wanted... (full context)
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...beauty of her surroundings and her belief in “a benevolent God,” but she admits to Dr. Jordan that “thoughts about God often make [her] drowsy” and that she had proceeded to fall... (full context)
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...the house and Grace is delighted to see him. “In a new country,” she tells Dr. Jordan , “friends become old friends very quickly.” Grace invites Jeremiah in for some refreshments and... (full context)
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...to come away with him, saying, “I don’t like the feel of things.” Grace tells Dr. Jordan that she was tempted by the idea, as she found Jeremiah very handsome. However, when... (full context)
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...shirts, in an effort to diffuse the tense situation; McDermott buys four shirts. Grace tells Dr. Jordan , “these were the very shirts that figured so largely at the trial,” but that... (full context)
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Grace notices that Dr. Jordan is furiously taking notes and she feels glad that she “can bring a little pleasure... (full context)
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It is summer, and Simon, having recently lived in Europe, is “dazed” by the sudden change in the weather. He... (full context)
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Simon listens to Mrs. Humphrey discuss how grateful she is to him. He finds himself daydreaming... (full context)
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Listening to Grace that day, Simon feels slightly better, as Grace “represents to him some goal or accomplishment.” However, he finds... (full context)
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The chapter is interrupted by an excerpt of a letter from Simon’s mother, in which Mrs. Jordan laments that she has not heard from her son recently.... (full context)
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The chapter flashes ahead to the evening; Simon himself is feeling as though time has been making “odd lurches.” He is dreading the... (full context)
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Simon suddenly awakens, shirtless in bed; there is a light in his doorway. He hears Mrs.... (full context)
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...Saturday. The breaking day. The day the butcher comes.” She wonders what she should tell Dr. Jordan about this day, the day the murders took place. She contemplates all the things she... (full context)
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Grace tries to remember what Mr. Kinnear looked like so she can tell Dr. Jordan about it, but she realizes that “nobody wrote it down, not even in the newspapers... (full context)
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Simon has made it through his talk for the Governor’s wife’s Tuesday circle, and feels that... (full context)
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...view switches in the middle of a chapter, with the perspective shifting to Grace. Because Dr. Jordan is speaking at the Tuesday circle, Grace has not seen him today. The Governor’s wife... (full context)
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When Grace serves the refreshments following Dr. Jordan ’s talk, she is so shocked to see Jeremiah the peddler in the room that... (full context)
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Simon meets with Grace to continue hearing her narration; her story has “come at last to... (full context)
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...Mr. Kinnear when he came back.” He insisted that Grace help him, and Grace tells Simon, “If I were not so upset [about being let go] I would have laughed at... (full context)
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...went to bed together, with Grace making sure to lock the door; when questioned by Simon, Grace explains, “[McDermott] wanted to kill Nancy while asleep. I said he should not do... (full context)
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...wants to kill you,” but Nancy brushed it off as an empty threat. Grace tells Simon, “So then I knew there was nothing I could do, to save her.” (full context)
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...[she] had never been before, with high walls all around.” She relates the dream to Simon—it is the same passage that opened the novel, with Grace walking in the prison yard,... (full context)
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Surprised, Simon asks Grace to confirm that she had this dream before the murders took place. Grace... (full context)
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Grace tells Simon that she woke up at dawn that Saturday to the sound of a rooster crowing.... (full context)
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...kill Nancy in the room because it would “make the floor all bloody.” Grace tells Simon that “it was a foolish thing to say,” but that she couldn’t help but think... (full context)
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Simon presses Grace about the many details listed in her confession—such as her saying she witnessed... (full context)
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Simon asks Grace what the next thing she can remember is. Grace says she found herself... (full context)
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Simon tells Grace that, according to Jamie Walsh’s testimony, Grace was standing by the pump at... (full context)
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Simon walks home, feeling “a curious tension” in his arms, “as though he’s been pulling hard... (full context)
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Simon arrives home, and Dora greets him coldly at the door. Mrs. Humphrey invites Simon to... (full context)
Chapter 41
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This chapter consists of a letter from Mrs. Jordan to Simon. She writes that she is anxious to see her son again, and that she is... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Simon is dreaming of the servants’ corridor in his childhood home. He opens a door, seeking... (full context)
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Simon awakens, but he “knows he must still be asleep, because Grace Marks is bending over... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Grace reports that Dr. Jordan has left Kingston for Toronto. She misses his company and worries that “when he goes... (full context)
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Grace thinks, “I will tell Dr. Jordan about this, as he likes to hear about such things, and always writes them down.” (full context)
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Grace recalls that the last time she met with Dr. Jordan he asked if she remembered Susanna Moodie’s visits to the Kingston Penitentiary and the Toronto... (full context)
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Grace thinks that the next thing Dr. Jordan will want to hear about when she sees him is her trial, which began on... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Simon is traveling by train to Toronto to meet with Mr. MacKenzie. He thinks about Rachel... (full context)
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Simon’s train pulls into the Toronto train station, and as he disembarks, Simon resolves to leave... (full context)
Chapter 45
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Simon meets with Mr. MacKenzie, curious to find out how he managed to save Grace from... (full context)
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Simon asks specific questions about how MacKenzie argued Grace’s case. MacKenzie says he felt no guilt... (full context)
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Simon then questions MacKenzie about Mrs. Moodie’s account of Grace. MacKenzie’s evasive answers make Simon realize... (full context)
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Finally, Simon confesses to an unshakeable feeling that Grace is lying to him. MacKenzie responds that “the... (full context)
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...had been tried for Nancy’s murder, Grace would have been hanged. “But in your opinion,” Simon says, “she was innocent. “No,” MacKenzie replies. “In my opinion, she was guilty as sin.” (full context)
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Grace wonders when Dr. Jordan will return from Toronto. She knows he must be investigating whether she is guilty, but... (full context)
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...had bathed along with her fellow prisoners. The same woman who earlier teased Grace about Dr. Jordan again asked if Grace was in love with the doctor, to which she replied, “I’ve... (full context)
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Grace says that she is to be hypnotized by Jeremiah (Dr. DuPont) when Dr. Jordan returns. The Governor’s wife has explained the hypnosis process to her, but Grace still feels... (full context)
Chapter 47
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The day after his meeting with Mr. MacKenzie, Simon sets off to visit Mr. Kinnear’s former house in Richmond Hill. A housekeeper shows him... (full context)
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Simon spends the night in a hotel halfway between Richmond Hill and Toronto. The next day,... (full context)
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On the train back to Kingston, Simon realizes that “Grace Marks is the only woman he’s ever met that he would wish... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Simon waits in Mrs. Quennell’s library, along with the Governor’s wife, the Reverend Verringer, and Miss... (full context)
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Simon persuades DuPont to ask Grace whether she had relations with McDermott; it is “the one... (full context)
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Mary begs Simon not to tell Grace that she is being possessed. When Simon asks why, Mary replies,... (full context)
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Simon, DuPont, and Reverend Verringer remain in the library. Simon feels “unsettled, and unsure of his... (full context)
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Simon walks home alone, feeling completely panicked. He realizes: “There’s no way he can write the... (full context)
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When he enters the house, he finds Rachel waiting for him, crying. She tells Simon she’s had a letter from her husband, Major Humphrey; he will be returning to Rachel... (full context)
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Afterwards, Simon lies in bed and thinks about what would happen if he were to follow Rachel’s... (full context)
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This chapter consists of several letters. The first is Simon’s farewell letter to Rachel. It is signed: “You know how much I admire your courage... (full context)
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The next letter is from Simon’s mother, Mrs. Jordan, to Rachel Humphrey. Mrs. Jordan writes that she is returning seven letters... (full context)
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The third letter is from Grace to Dr. Jordan . She writes that when she learned he had left for good she fainted. She... (full context)
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The fourth letter is from Simon to his friend Edward Murchie. Simon writes that he “was forced to make a hasty... (full context)
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...is now going by the name Geraldo Ponti. It is dated 1861, two years after Dr. Jordan ’s year in Kingston. Grace writes: “Since the Hypnotism, the people here seem to treat... (full context)
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...young man, but it does not, with his more experienced Mother.” She informs Rachel that Simon served and was injured in the Union army; he is suffering from amnesia and, according... (full context)
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...thus you will have news of me.” She continues to narrate her life, ostensibly addressing Dr. Jordan . Grace first hears about her pardon from the prison warden’s daughter, Janet (she adds... (full context)
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...very well” between her and her husband, but that she has something to reveal to Dr. Jordan , since she has “no close woman friend [she] can trust.” She says that sometimes... (full context)
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Grace says she has something else to tell Dr. Jordan that she has shared with no one else. She says that, though she will turn... (full context)