Enduring Love

by

Ian McEwan

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Harry Gadd Character Analysis

Harry Gadd is the ten-year-old grandson of James Gadd and the child whose imperilment begins the novel. Trapped in the basket of a wind-tossed hot-air balloon, Harry must be rescued before the balloon can be blown into nearby power lines. Once John Logan falls to his death and Harry realizes that he is on his own, he slowly lets air out of the balloon and returns to the ground safely.

Harry Gadd Quotes in Enduring Love

The Enduring Love quotes below are all either spoken by Harry Gadd or refer to Harry Gadd. 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:
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Enduring Love published in 1998.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Every fraction of a second that passed increased the drop, and the point must come when to let go would be impossible or fatal. And compared with me, Harry was safe, curled up in the basket. The balloon might well come down safely at the bottom of the hill. And perhaps my impulse to hang on was nothing more than a continuation of what I had been attempting moments before, simply a failure to adjust quickly.

Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 3 Quotes

I said, “We tried to help and we failed.”
She smiled and shook her head. I went and stood by her chair and put my arms around her and protectively kissed the top of her head. With a sigh she pressed her face against my shirt and looped her arms around my waist. Her voice was muffled. “You’re such a dope. You’re so rational sometimes you’re like a child.”

Related Characters: Joe Rose (speaker), Clarissa Mellon (speaker), James Gadd, Harry Gadd
Page Number: 36
Explanation and Analysis:
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Harry Gadd Character Timeline in Enduring Love

The timeline below shows where the character Harry Gadd appears in Enduring Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...what the characters are running toward: a massive hot-air balloon in whose basket a boy, Harry Gadd, is trapped. Joe describes the balloon as a “furnace in whose heat identities and... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...man attempts to tell the others what to do. Making matters worse, the endangered child, Harry Gadd, has ceased to respond to instructions and has instead entered “a state known as... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...plans.” Joe explains that while he, Joseph Lacey, and Toby Greene are trying to pull Harry Gadd from the basket, James Gadd is trying to climb over them, and Jed Parry... (full context)
Chapter 2
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
Obsession Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...next to Joe, and James Gadd is a few steps away, shouting about his grandson, Harry, who is still in the balloon’s basket. Clarissa has stepped toward Joe and put her... (full context)
Chapter 3
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...reader that the balloon eventually came down safely on its own and that the child, Harry Gadd, is unharmed. Neither Joe nor Clarissa wants to believe that John Logan “died for... (full context)