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American Gods

American Gods

Audrey Burton Character Analysis

Laura’s best friend and Robbie’s wife. She is angry after Laura and Robbie’s affair is exposed, in contrast to Shadow’s numb acceptance of the betrayal. Audrey also comes to Lakeside to visit her cousin Chad Mulligan, there revealing Shadow’s identity as an escaped convict. She is manipulated by gods throughout the novel, showing the power that gods have over mortals.
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Audrey Burton Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Audrey Burton appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...Laura, out at a bar with Robbie where Laura had walked in with her friend Audrey Burton. Laura made Shadow order a strawberry daiquiri, and Shadow had been smitten from the... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...to approach Laura’s body as a small woman dressed in black comes in. Shadow recognizes Audrey Burton, Robbie’s widow and Laura’s best friend. Audrey walks to Laura’s casket and Shadow follows... (full context)
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Audrey starts walking out the door and Shadow follows her again. Shadow asks why Audrey spit... (full context)
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As Shadow walks to the Motel America, Audrey pulls up and offers him a ride. Shadow refuses, even though it’s snowing. Audrey follows... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...have the personality or storytelling skills to be a truly great magician. Yet thoughts of Audrey telling him how Laura died keep intruding. The saying, “Every hour wounds. The last one... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...before he is stopped by a loud scream. Chad’s cousin, who turns out to be Audrey Burton, recognizes Shadow and says she wants him arrested as an escaped convict and a... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...into and out of Lakeside, angrily asking Hinzelmann if he brought Sam Black Crow and Audrey Burton here on purpose so that Wednesday would be forced out. Hinzelmann’s imp-like face turns... (full context)
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In the car, Shadow asks Chad what happened with Audrey. Chad tells him that Audrey returned to Eagle Point and broke his heart, while Shadow... (full context)