Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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Sister Gee Character Analysis

Sister Gee is one of the nuns at the Five Ends Church. She is an intelligent and compassionate woman who looks out for her community and dedicates much of her time to the church. When Potts comes looking for information about who shot Deems, Sister Gee refuses to give him a clear answer. However, she enjoys Potts’s company and repeatedly invites him back to the church, even though she doesn’t plan on telling him anything. At the end of the novel, Sister Gee takes the Staten Island Ferry to see Potts, as the two of them plan to start a relationship. Sister Gee is nervous but hopeful about her future.

Sister Gee Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by Sister Gee or refer to Sister Gee. 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 9: Dirt Quotes

Sister Gee snorted. “Things got unstable ’round here four years ago when that new drug come in. This new stuff—I don’t know what they call it —you smoke it, you put it in your veins with needles . . . however you do it, once you do it a few times you is stuck with it. Never seen nothing like it around here before, and I seen a lot. This projects was safe till this new drug come in. Now the old folks is getting clubbed coming home from work every night, getting robbed outta their little payday money so these junkies can buy more of Deems’s poison. He ought to be ashamed of hisself. His grandfather would kill him if he was living.”

Related Characters: Sister Gee (speaker), Potts Mullen, Bunch Moon, Deems Clemens
Page Number: 112
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Chapter 15: You Have No Idea What’s Coming Quotes

“That Christmas Club money is all we can control. We can’t stop these drug dealers from selling poison in front of our houses. Or make the city stop sending our kids to lousy schools. We can’t stop folks from blaming us for everything gone wrong in New York, or stop the army from calling our sons to Vietnam after them Vietcong done cut the white soldiers’ toenails too short to walk. But the little nickels and dimes we saved up so we can give our kids ten minutes of love at Christmastime, that’s ours to control.”

Related Characters: Sister Gee (speaker), Potts Mullen
Page Number: 217
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Chapter 18: Investigation Quotes

Sister Gee looked at the people staring at her: Dominic, Bum-Bum, Miss Izi, Joaquin, Nanette, and the rest, at least fifteen people in all. She’d known most of them her whole life. They stared at her with that look, that projects look: the sadness, the suspicion, the weariness, the knowledge that comes from living a special misery in a world of misery. Four of their numbers were down—gone, changed forever, dead or not, it didn’t matter. And there would be more. The drugs, big drugs, heroin, were here. Nothing could stop it. They knew that now. Someone else had already taken over Deems’s bench at the flagpole. Nothing here would change. Life in the Cause would lurch forward as it always did.

Page Number: 266
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Chapter 26: Beautiful Quotes

As the ferry pulled away from the dock and arced into New York Harbor, heading due southwest, it offered her a clear view of the redbrick Cause housing projects on one side, and the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island on the other. One side represented the certainty of the past. The other side the uncertainty of the future. She felt suddenly nervous. All she had was an address. And a letter. And a promise.

Related Characters: Sister Gee, Potts Mullen
Page Number: 367
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Then he patted me on the back and said, “Look after them moonflowers behind the church for my Hettie.” Then he walked into the water. Walked right into the harbor holding that bottle of King Kong. I said, “Wait a minute, Sport, that water’s cold.” But he went on ahead.

First it come up to his hips, then to his waist, then to the top of his arms, then to his neck. When it got to his neck he turned around to me and said, “Sausage, the water is so warm! It’s beautiful.”

Related Characters: Hot Sausage (speaker), Sportcoat (speaker), Hettie, Sister Gee
Related Symbols: Flowers
Page Number: 370
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sister Gee Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character Sister Gee appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: Dirt
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...enter the church, the younger man takes the lead and asks who is in charge. Sister Gee responds, suggesting she is in charge, but rather than answer the young officer’s question, she... (full context)
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...sends him outside and decides to perform the questioning on his own. He apologizes to Sister Gee for the young man’s behavior, and she seems to accept his apology. The two restart... (full context)
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As Sister Gee and Potts converse, Potts realizes that he is attracted to Sister Gee, and she seems... (full context)
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Eventually, Potts does focus in on police business. He asks Sister Gee questions about a man named Thelonius Ellis, a name she claims not to recognize. Clearly,... (full context)
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Still, Sister Gee does provide Potts with some new information. She tells him that Deems survived the shooting... (full context)
Chapter 10: Soup
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As Sportcoat and Hot Sausage navigate their way through the crowd, they come across Sister Gee , who tells Sportcoat that the police are looking for him. She also says that... (full context)
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Not long after Sportcoat and Hot Sausage’s conversation with Sister Gee , a fight breaks out among some of the Cause residents. Meanwhile, Earl, who is... (full context)
Chapter 11: Pokeweed
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Not far from the train station where Sister Gee and Soup are talking to Earl, sits Elefante’s house. Elefante and his mother are there... (full context)
Chapter 15: You Have No Idea What’s Coming
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Potts returns to the Five Ends Church for another conversation with Sister Gee . He informs her that one of his men saw her and Soup carrying Earl... (full context)
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Potts insists that Sister Gee hand Sportcoat over to the police so they can protect him instead. Otherwise, he says,... (full context)
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Still, Sister Gee does not help Potts find Sportcoat. This saddens Potts, who cares for Sister Gee and... (full context)
Chapter 18: Investigation
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...Usually, Hot Sausage hands out the cheese, but because he is nowhere to be found, Sister Gee takes over the operation. All of the residents know about the shooting, but no one... (full context)
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While working, Sister Gee spots Potts, who shows up with a number of other officers who have come to... (full context)
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Sister Gee listens to the story but feels that something is amiss. She recalls the mix-up regarding... (full context)
Chapter 21: New Dirt
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...looks across the water where he spots the Five Ends Church, and he thinks about Sister Gee . (full context)
Chapter 23: Last Octobers
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...his left shoulder. While in the hospital, Deems doesn’t get many visitors. Only the police, Sister Gee , and a few other sisters from the Five Ends come to see him. However,... (full context)
Chapter 26: Beautiful
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After the funeral, Sister Gee talks to Hot Sausage to learn about what happened to Sportcoat. Hot Sausage tells Sister... (full context)
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Hot Sausage also tells Sister Gee that he learned that Pudgy Fingers isn’t Sportcoat and Hettie’s biological son. When Hettie first... (full context)
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Additionally, Hot Sausage tells Sister Gee the story of the moonflowers, which were mysteriously planted behind the Five Ends Church. He... (full context)
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About one week after Sportcoat’s funeral, Sister Gee takes the Staten Island Ferry—something she’s never done before—to see Potts. While riding the ferry,... (full context)
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As Sister Gee looks out across the water, she sees the Cause Houses on one side of her... (full context)