Isabelle Azaire’s sister. Like Isabelle, Jeanne is expected to dedicate her life to her neglectful and indifferent parents, but she has other ideas. Instead, she dreams of making her own decisions and living for herself, and in this way, she challenges traditional gender stereotypes of women as dependent upon men. Jeanne and Isabelle are very close, and when a pregnant Isabelle leaves her lover, Stephen, Jeanne takes care of her sister. She again takes care of Isabelle after she is injured in the bombardments in Amiens during the war, and after Isabelle dies of the flu, Jeanne raises her daughter, Françoise, as her own. Jeanne is gentle and kind, and she befriends Stephen during the war when he needs it the most. She falls in love with him, and while they are married after the war, Stephen never feels the passion for her that he does for Isabelle.
Jeanne Character Timeline in Birdsong
The timeline below shows where the character Jeanne appears in Birdsong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One: France 1910
...two eldest, Béatrice and Delphine, have formed an exclusive alliance. The second to youngest Fourmentier, Jeanne, while only two years older than Isabelle, is her only family support, and the person... (full context)
Part Four: France 1917
Part Six: France 1918
Part Seven: England 1979
...Isabelle in the journals. Yes, says Elizabeth, “an old girlfriend.” Françoise tells her that Isabelle, Jeanne’s younger sister, was her real mother. She had died right after the war in the... (full context)