At Hiruharama


Penelope Fitzgerald

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Mr. Tanner Character Analysis

Mr. Tanner is the grandson of Tanner and Kitty, whose story he tells to an unknown and unseen character. Mr. Tanner’s family has just recently decided to leave New Zealand, and his main purpose in telling the story is to explain how they ended up with a lawyer in the family. Mr. Tanner interrupts his own story occasionally—including when he speculates on how Tanner learned to read—though, for the most part, he sticks to the narrative of his grandparents.

Mr. Tanner Quotes in At Hiruharama

The At Hiruharama quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Tanner or refer to Mr. Tanner. 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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At Hiruharama Quotes

Mr Tanner was anxious to explain how it was that he had a lawyer in the family, so that when they all decided to sell up and quit New Zealand there had been someone they could absolutely trust with the legal business.

Related Characters: Mr. Tanner
Related Symbols: The Lawyer
Page Number: 408
Explanation and Analysis:

After that the Tanners always had one of those tinplate mottoes hung up on the wall – Throw Nothing Away. You could get them at the hardware store.

Related Characters: Mr. Tanner (speaker), Tanner, Kitty, The Doctor
Page Number: 412
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Mr. Tanner Character Timeline in At Hiruharama

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Tanner appears in At Hiruharama. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Mr. Tanner and his family have decided to leave New Zealand, and he’s excited to explain (to... (full context)
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Upward Mobility and Colonialism Theme Icon the post office, where he writes a letter to his sister. In the present, Mr. Tanner thinks that, upon learning that Tanner couldn’t read, Kitty said she wouldn’t marry him until... (full context)
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...discovers that Tanner has made a crucial oversight: the afterbirth is actually a second child. Mr. Tanner interjects to clarify that the Tanners, his grandparents, would later go on to have nine... (full context)