An Abundance of Katherines

by

John Green

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Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III) Character Analysis

Katherine III is one of the girls Colin dated at “smart-kid camp” for a very brief period. He thinks about her a lot because he cannot fit her into the Theorem. He finally calls her and finds out that the reason he has been having trouble with her and the Theorem is that he actually broke up with her, but convinced himself that she broke up with him, like all the other Katherines.

Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III) Quotes in An Abundance of Katherines

The An Abundance of Katherines quotes below are all either spoken by Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III) or refer to Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III). 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 Speak edition of An Abundance of Katherines published in 2012.
Chapter 19 Quotes

And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. And the second moral of the story, if a story can have multiple morals, is that Dumpers are not inherently worse than Dumpees—breaking up isn’t something that gets done to you; it’s something that happens with you.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments, The Theorem
Page Number: 207-8
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Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III) Character Timeline in An Abundance of Katherines

The timeline below shows where the character Katherine Mutsenberger (Katherine III) appears in An Abundance of Katherines. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...and Monday while Colin works on the Theorem, which he still can’t get right for Katherine III or Katherine XIX. Hassan comes home on Monday night and reports to Colin that he... (full context)
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...the graph must end with a breakup. Still, he can’t figure out how to represent Katherine III , whose given name is Katherine Mutsenberger. Currently, the Theorem produces a graph that suggests... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...her again. He wants to wait until he completes the Theorem. He begins thinking about Katherine III and why on earth she is posing a problem for the Theorem. He only knew... (full context)
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When Hassan wakes, Colin tells him about Katherine III , and how she dumped him at the end of “smart kid camp.” She was... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...the company. Lindsey drives the Hearse, and no one speaks. Colin wants to think about Katherine III , but his head hurts too much. (full context)
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...night, Colin finishes the Theorem and gets an accurate graph for his true relationship with Katherine III . He shows the graph to Hassan and Lindsey. Hassan wants to know if it... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Colin and Lindsey seem to grab each other’s hand. Colin tells her how he dumped Katherine III and changed his memory of the event. Lindsey says that makes sense because she remembers... (full context)
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...was an eight-year old whose romance with Colin was orchestrated by her best friend. After Katherine III came Katherine IV, from violin lessons. Katherine V gave Colin his first kiss while he... (full context)
Epilogue
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...so long.” Unlike individuals, stories are remembered. Colin decides that having the right graph for Katherine III from the beginning proves that the brain has room for “knowing what cannot be remembered.” ... (full context)