All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

by

Jennifer Niven

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Eleanor Markey Character Analysis

Eleanor was Violet’s older sister who, at age 18, died in a car accident nine months before the novel begins. Violet and Eleanor were extremely close and ran the web magazine EleanorandViolet.com. After Eleanor’s death, though, Violet finds that she can’t write anything out of her grief for her sister. To help deal with this grief, Violet wears Eleanor’s glasses—thick, round frames that Violet admits look horrible on her, though they looked edgy on Eleanor. As Violet and Finch grow close, Violet is willing to open up more about Eleanor. She shares that Eleanor was, in some ways, a lot like Finch: she always took things a step further than Violet would have, and she encouraged Violet to relax and live. Indeed, on the night that Eleanor died, she’d convinced Violet to come to a party with her. On the way home from that party, Violet suggested that Eleanor take the icy A Street Bridge and survived the ensuing crash off of the bridge, so she feels responsible for Eleanor’s death. By the end of the novel, though, Violet realizes that she can’t spend her life wallowing in her grief and mourning Eleanor’s death—in order to properly honor Eleanor and Finch, Violet needs to live her life.

Eleanor Markey Quotes in All the Bright Places

The All the Bright Places quotes below are all either spoken by Eleanor Markey or refer to Eleanor Markey. 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 Ember edition of All the Bright Places published in 2016.
2. Violet: 154 days till graduation Quotes

I have a headache. Probably from the glasses. Eleanor’s eyes were worse than mine. I take the glasses off and set them on the desk. They were stylish on her. They’re ugly on me. Especially with the bangs. But maybe, if I wear the glasses long enough, I can be like her. I can see what she saw. I can be both of us at once so no one will have to miss her, most of all me.

Related Characters: Violet Markey (speaker), Eleanor Markey
Related Symbols: Eleanor’s Glasses
Page Number: 23-24
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6. Finch: Day 7 of the Awake Quotes

“But that isn’t why. The why is that none of it matters. Not school, not cheerleading, not boyfriends or friends or parties or creative writing programs or…” She waves her arms at the world. “It’s all just time filler until we die.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. Whether it’s filler or not, I’m pretty glad to be here.” If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that you need to make the most of it. “It mattered enough for you not to jump.”

Related Characters: Violet Markey (speaker), Theodore Finch (speaker), Eleanor Markey
Page Number: 61
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26. Violet: 133 days to go Quotes

I set her glasses down on her dresser. “Thanks for the loan,” I say. “But they make my head hurt. And they’re ugly.” I can almost hear her laughing.

Related Characters: Violet Markey (speaker), Eleanor Markey
Related Symbols: Eleanor’s Glasses
Page Number: 191
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48. Violet: March 21 and beyond Quotes

“Listen, I’m the freak. I’m the weirdo. I’m the troublemaker. I start fights. I let people down. Don’t make Finch mad, whatever you do. Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch. But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not a casualty of shitty parents and an even shittier chemical makeup. Not a problem. Not a diagnosis. Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person.”

Page Number: 307
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Eleanor Markey Character Timeline in All the Bright Places

The timeline below shows where the character Eleanor Markey appears in All the Bright Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Violet: 154 days till graduation
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...asks about college. A year ago, Violet would’ve loved to talk about college; she and Eleanor used to talk about where they’d go to get away from the small town of... (full context)
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Mrs. Kresney then asks about EleanorandViolet.com, which Eleanor and Violet started after they moved to Indiana. The website got really popular... (full context)
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...“Extenuating Circumstances.” She ignores Mrs. Mahone and focuses on her headache. It’s probably from wearing Eleanor’s glasses, but Violet hopes that if she wears the glasses, she’ll become like Eleanor and... (full context)
3. Finch: Day 6 (still) of being awake
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...her friends, so Finch searches her name on Google, desperate for more information. He finds EleanorandViolet.com and a news article about the accident that killed Eleanor. Then, he decides to make... (full context)
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...friend request. He’s elated. He scrolls through her pictures and finds one of her with Eleanor. Finch realizes that the glasses Violet was wearing today were Eleanor’s. Suddenly, Violet messages Finch,... (full context)
5. Violet: 153 days till graduation
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...Violet’s hair (Violet recently gave herself bangs), and asks if Violet could wear one of Eleanor’s sweaters instead of her glasses. Ignoring this, Violet says she’s going to leave because she’s... (full context)
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The last party Violet went to was on April 4th, the night Eleanor died—and now, this party is bringing all the memories back. As Violet picks herself up... (full context)
6. Finch: Day 7 of the Awake
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...ledge. She hasn’t told anyone what happened. With some prodding, she admits that it was Eleanor’s birthday that day—but that’s not why she was up there. Violet insists that nothing matters;... (full context)
7. Violet: 152 days till graduation
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On Sunday morning, Violet sits in her bedroom. The EleanorandViolet.com domain is expiring, so Violet sorts through her and Eleanor’s ideas for the site. She... (full context)
9. Violet: 151 days till graduation
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...school’s “gossip rag.” It’s about how Violet saved Finch, and the picture of Violet in Eleanor’s glasses looks “like a makeover ‘before.’” Violet watches Jordan Gripenwaldt, the editor of the school... (full context)
11. Violet: 151 days till graduation
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Violet is in the parking lot after school with Eleanor’s old bike, which Eleanor named Leroy. Brenda saunters past and points out Finch. She also... (full context)
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...to California. Privately, she thinks she’d go to the California of four years ago, where Eleanor is still alive. Violet says that California is warm and doesn’t snow. Finch says that... (full context)
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...Finch knows what to do with a girl—and suddenly, Violet feels shy. She puts on Eleanor’s glasses. Finch says he wanted to do this project with Violet because she smiled a... (full context)
13. Violet: 148 days till graduation
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...a spring break trip to New York. The family hasn’t gone on a trip since Eleanor died. Violet says that sounds great, but her parents know she’s lying. (full context)
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...she would’ve written something. Violet writes a few words and then erases them. Writing without Eleanor here feels like cheating on her—but in a way, living when Eleanor isn’t feels like... (full context)
15. Violet: 147-146 days till freedom
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...when the reporter asks if Violet got closure since she could save Finch but not Eleanor, Violet hangs up. She’s seething when Ryan shows up. They walk to the drive-in, find... (full context)
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...Violet and for a while, she lets him. She imagines it’s last year, when she, Eleanor, Ryan, and Ryan’s older brother were here at the drive-in. Violet pulls away and says... (full context)
16. Finch: Day 15 (I am still awake)
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...before the accident. When Violet comes downstairs, they’ve just told Finch about how Violet and Eleanor once chased the band Boy Parade across three states for an interview. Violet looks mortified. (full context)
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...out of town for business. He asks her about the accident. Surprisingly, she says that Eleanor was upset but wouldn’t let Violet drive. Violet had suggested the A Street Bridge, and... (full context)
20. Violet: 142 days to go
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...only supposed to burn for so many hours. Most people live a long time, but Eleanor only lived to 18. Finch says that Violet gets to decide if she’s reached the... (full context)
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...the same. Instead, she stands a little behind Finch, holding his shirt, and wonders why Eleanor left her. Finch starts singing Dr. Seuss. Later, when Finch drops Violet at home, Violet... (full context)
24. Violet: 135, 134, 133 days to go
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...is just what Finch does. Brenda compliments Violet’s glasses, and Violet says that they were Eleanor’s. Finch is at school on Friday morning, but now he’s wearing a ratty knit cap... (full context)
26. Violet: 133 days to go
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...with. Violet’s mom says she’s disappointed, and Violet’s dad says that Violet can’t keep using Eleanor as an excuse to misbehave. Violet says she’s not misbehaving, she’s just tired of trying... (full context)
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...do it. She throws the calendar into her closet and slips down the hall to Eleanor’s room. Violet sets Eleanor’s glasses on the desk and thanks Eleanor for the loan—but she... (full context)
40. Violet: Spring break
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...that her parents are grieving the fact that they never got to do this with Eleanor. Later, at the hotel, Violet thinks of how she told her mom’s literary agent at... (full context)
45. Finch: Day 71
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Finch thinks of Eleanor as the discussion turns to the different medications people are on. He stops listening after... (full context)
46. Violet: March 18
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...and then pulls out of the drive. She’s shaky at first, but then she remembers Eleanor saying after Violet got her license that Violet could drive her around. She can almost... (full context)
48. Violet: March 21 and beyond
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...friend. She cries as she realizes how true this is—Finch is a better friend than Eleanor was. Concerned, Finch pulls Violet close. Violet says that Amanda told her about Life Is... (full context)
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Finch smiles an awful smile and says he doesn’t need help. He’s not like Eleanor—Violet shouldn’t try to save him, just because she couldn’t save Eleanor. Finch says he’d love... (full context)
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...to go to the same college. Violet isn’t sure. As people greet Ryan, Violet remembers Eleanor inviting her to come along to Ryan’s brother’s party. She wonders if Ryan remembers that... (full context)
51. Violet: April
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...her parents drive to the A Street Bridge and climb down to the riverbed, where Eleanor died. In the riverbed, they find a license plate with flowers planted around it. Violet... (full context)
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When Violet’s parents don’t say anything about Eleanor, Violet starts to talk about her and Eleanor’s plans to see Boy Parade. It was... (full context)
54. Violet: May 3
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...who has experienced horrible loss. She wonders if she’ll ever see anything but Finch and Eleanor in her reflection, and she wonders if other people can tell. Later, Violet tells her... (full context)
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...the necessity of living. It’s not fair that he left, especially after what happened to Eleanor. Violet can’t remember her last words to Finch, except that they were “angry and normal... (full context)
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...before they can start talking about how selfish Finch was to commit suicide, especially when Eleanor died and didn’t get a choice. (full context)
55. Violet: May—weeks 1, 2, and 3
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...cares that Violet is okay. He tells her that she can’t be responsible for everyone. Eleanor didn’t have a choice—and perhaps Finch didn’t feel like he had a choice either. Violet... (full context)
56. Violet: Remaining Wanderings 1 and 2
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...covered in shoes. Violet has a pair of green Chuck Taylors and a pair of Eleanor’s yellow Keds. She writes “Ultraviolet Remarkey-able” on her shoes and hangs them next to the... (full context)
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...in the living room. She tells them that she needs for them to talk about Eleanor; she misses Eleanor, and she’s sorry they took the A Street Bridge to begin with.... (full context)
57. Violet: Remaining wanderings 3 and 4
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...a plain rock, which she picks up and exchanges it for an old ring of Eleanor’s. Violet stays for a while and then leaves the grotto. She encounters stairs with a... (full context)
58. Violet: The Last Wandering
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...memorialize people who die in car accidents. Violet knows why Finch chose this place: for Eleanor, and for himself, because he was “a weary traveler.” (full context)