American Gods

American Gods

Essie Tregowan Character Analysis

Essie is a woman from Cornwall, England, who comes to America as an indentured servant and brings her belief in the “piskies” with her. The piskies bring Essie luck and prosperity, but Essie is unable to transmit that belief to her children (Anthony, John, and Phyllida) or her grandchildren, as Gaiman explores the ways that later generations of Americans abandon the beliefs of the old country.

Essie Tregowan Quotes in American Gods

The American Gods quotes below are all either spoken by Essie Tregowan or refer to Essie Tregowan. 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 William Morrow edition of American Gods published in 2013.
Coming to America. 1721. Quotes

"…although it was you that brought me here, you and a few like you, into this land with no time for magic and no place for piskies and such folk."
"You've done me many a good turn," she said.
"Good and ill," said the squinting stranger. "We're like the wind. We blows both ways."

Related Characters: Essie Tregowan (speaker)
Page Number: 92-93
Explanation and Analysis:

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Essie Tregowan Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Essie Tregowan appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Coming to America. 1721.
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
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Deception Theme Icon
Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
...if getting to America meant accepting transportation as an indentured servant. Ibis writes specifically about Essie Tregowan, a woman who was originally from Cornwall and was born to a fisherman and... (full context)
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Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
As a teenager, Essie fell in love with the son of the squire she worked for and performed a... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Over the next two years, Essie lives as a shoplifter and pickpocket, always remembering to put out a bowl of milk... (full context)
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Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
Essie has a baby boy and names him Anthony “after his father,” knowing that no one... (full context)
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Change and Growth Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
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The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
Essie and John get married and Essie bears John a son, naming him John Jr. for... (full context)
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The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
One May, an elderly Essie takes a bag of peas out to the kitchen garden to shuck them. Her mind... (full context)