Alias Grace

Alias Grace


Margaret Atwood

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Mrs. Constance Jordan Character Analysis

Dr. Simon Jordan’s mother. Mrs. Jordan complains often of being ill, though she may be a hypochondriac. She is solicitous about her son, to the point of being almost single-minded; ever since Simon’s father lost his business, Mrs. Jordan has been increasingly anxious for Simon to make an advantageous marriage.

Mrs. Constance Jordan Quotes in Alias Grace

The Alias Grace quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Constance Jordan or refer to Mrs. Constance 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Alias Grace published in 1997.
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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Mrs. Constance Jordan Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Constance Jordan appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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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, “No one in the Family... (full context)
Chapter 32
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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. She also sends updates about... (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... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Gender, Ownership, and Power Theme Icon
The next letter is from Simon’s mother, Mrs. Jordan , to Rachel Humphrey. Mrs. Jordan writes that she is returning seven letters that Rachel... (full context)
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Truth, Memory, and Madness Theme Icon
The sixth letter is dated 1862, and is from Mrs. Jordan to Rachel Humphrey. She writes, “To threaten to do yourself an injury […] might carry... (full context)