Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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Melissa Character Analysis

Melissa is the daughter of the Governor. She is a plump woman who is reserved, yet caring and trustworthy when it counts. She is the boss of the bagel shop the Governor owns, and everyone who works there likes and respects her. Over the course of the novel, Melissa falls in love with Elefante, and the two of them eventually marry.

Melissa Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by Melissa or refer to Melissa. 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 25: Do Quotes

Until then he’d always believed a partner brought worry, fear, and weakness to a man, especially one in his business. But Melissa brought courage and humility and humor to places he’d never known existed. He’d never partnered with a woman before, if you didn’t include his mother, but Melissa’s quiet sincerity was a weapon of a new kind. It drew people in, disarmed them. It made them friends—and that was a weapon too.

Related Characters: Tommy Elefante, Melissa, Sportcoat
Page Number: 342-343
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Melissa Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character Melissa appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: The Country Girl
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...meets the Governor. To Elefante’s surprise, the Governor owns a bagel shop, which his daughter Melissa runs. Elefante is struck by Melissa’s beauty and wonders if something could happen between the... (full context)
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...tells Elefante that no one knows about the artifact except the two of them. Even Melissa doesn’t know, and, for now, the Governor means to keep it that way. Elefante asks... (full context)
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...happen if he cannot produce it. He fears for his own life as well as Melissa’s and urges Elefante to think hard about where the Venus could possibly be. Elefante tells... (full context)
Chapter 25: Do
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Elefante and Melissa, who are now dating, pick up Sportcoat who they think can lead them to the... (full context)
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This respectful attitude also carries over to how Melissa treats old people, including Sportcoat. Elefante notices that Melissa calls the old deacon “Mister Sportcoat”... (full context)
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Elefante and Melissa’s courtship was initially strange because it was a first for both of them. However, the... (full context)
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...did not like Elefante—she thought he didn’t live up to his father’s name. However, after Melissa assured Sister Paul that Elefante is a good man who is worthy of his father’s... (full context)
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Sister Paul told Melissa and Elefante about her life and the events surrounding the construction of the Five Ends... (full context)
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Back in the present, Elefante and Melissa pick up Sportcoat and head to the Five Ends Church. Together, they chisel lightly into... (full context)
Chapter 26: Beautiful
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Elefante and Melissa are now married, and Potts is retired from the service. Meanwhile, Deems, as a result... (full context)