Anxious People

Anxious People

by

Fredrik Backman

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Knut is Estelle’s deceased husband. Estelle explains that they were married “forever,” and they loved making each other laugh more than anything. He also made a point to always drop Estelle off close to their destination before he parked the car. Because of this, to feel less lonely in the novel’s present, Estelle sometimes pretends that Knut is still alive and is just out parking the car.

Knut Quotes in Anxious People

The Anxious People quotes below are all either spoken by Knut or refer to Knut. 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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Chapter 62 Quotes

“I just said Knut was parking the car because I get lonely sometimes. And it feels better to pretend that he’s on his way. Especially at this time of year, he always used to like New Year, we used to stand at the kitchen window watching the fireworks. Well…we used to stand on the balcony for years…but I couldn’t bring myself to go out there after something that happened down on the bridge ten years ago. It’s a long story.”

Related Symbols: The Bridge
Page Number: 282
Explanation and Analysis:
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Knut Character Timeline in Anxious People

The timeline below shows where the character Knut appears in Anxious People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 30
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...of water. She explains that she’s looking for an apartment for her daughter; her husband, Knut, is parking the car. Estelle asks if the robber planned to rob the cashless bank... (full context)
Chapter 31
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
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...the elk, but Estelle knows nothing about it. She explains that she was there with Knut, who was parking the car. Jim asks about the other people at the viewing, and... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Continuing her witness interview, Estelle says she’s sure Stockholm is pleasant, and Knut isn’t prejudiced, either. Jim asks about Ro and Julia. Estelle says they were arguing, and... (full context)
Chapter 54
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
...When Anna-Lena says they were talking about marriage, Estelle enthusiastically says she’s been married to Knut “forever” and says that you stay married that long by fighting for it. She advises... (full context)
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
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Thoughtfully, Estelle says that she and Knut decided long ago that they could fight, but they could never say anything intentionally hurtful—eventually... (full context)
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Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
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Estelle says Knut isn’t an idiot, but she wishes he were here so she wasn’t alone. Julia asks... (full context)
Chapter 56
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The Modern World Theme Icon
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...may be so, but not when you’re the person who’s left behind. She misses making Knut laugh so hard he spit his breakfast out, and she tells Julia and Anna-Lena that... (full context)
Chapter 58
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After a few moments of silence, Estelle blurts that she had an affair that Knut never knew about. Anna-Lena is convinced this is all getting out of hand, but Julia... (full context)
Chapter 62
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Just then, the robber apologizes to Estelle: she remembers that Knut was parking the car, and he must be worried. Estelle says Knut is dead and... (full context)
Chapter 66
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...fireworks. Everyone stands on the balcony to watch, and Estelle thanks the robber and says Knut would’ve liked this. The robber apologizes for all the trouble and holds Estelle’s hand. (full context)
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
...she stares into the robber’s eyes, and she explains that her lover liked books while Knut liked music. The robber says she also likes books. Estelle says all people make mistakes,... (full context)
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Panting, Estelle says that when Knut got sick, they signed the apartment to their daughter, but she doesn’t want to live... (full context)