A kind, elderly Catholic whom Grace befriends on her family’s sea voyage to Canada. When Grace’s mother falls ill, Mrs. Phelan helps Grace care for her younger siblings, since Grace’s father is rendered useless by seasickness. Mrs. Phelan introduces Grace to the notion that a window should be opened when a person dies, so the person’s soul can escape the room; Grace is haunted by this belief for years to come.
Mrs. Phelan Character Timeline in Alias Grace
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