Enduring Love

by

Ian McEwan

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James Gadd Character Analysis

James Gadd is a fifty-five-year-old executive in an advertising agency. The pilot of the balloon featured in the novel’s opening chapter, Gadd attempts to save the life of his grandson, Harry Gadd, who is trapped in the balloon’s basket. He is later found to have violated a number of safety procedures.

James Gadd Quotes in Enduring Love

The Enduring Love quotes below are all either spoken by James Gadd or refer to James 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

I should make something clear. There may have been a vague communality of purpose, but we were never a team. There was no chance, no time. Coincidences of time and place, a predisposition to help, had brought us together under the balloon. No one was in charge—or everyone was, and we were in a shouting match.

Related Characters: Joe Rose (speaker), Jed Parry, John Logan, James Gadd, Joseph Lacey, Toby Greene
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:

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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James Gadd Character Timeline in Enduring Love

The timeline below shows where the character James 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
...From its basket dangles a series of ropes, and clinging to one is Harry’s grandfather, James Gadd , who is trying desperately to prevent the wind from carrying the balloon away. (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...cries issue is “the size of a house,” and the man trying to secure it, James Gadd , is being “half dragged, half carried across the field.” As Joe springs into action,... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...two farm laborers, Joseph Lacey and Toby Greene. The four men join John Logan and James Gadd among the ropes, and each takes hold of one of them as James Gadd shouts... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Though James Gadd attempts to direct the men to whatever strategy he has in mind, he is “exhausted... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...beside him is his friend Toby Greene. The next man in the makeshift semicircle is James Gadd , and immediately next to him—across from Joe—is Jed Parry. (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...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 and John Logan are shouting their... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
As a consequence of James Gadd ’s being knocked aside, the balloon begins to rise into the air, taking the five... (full context)
Chapter 2
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
Obsession Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...his friend, Toby Greene, who “cannot stand,” while Jed Parry is next to Joe, and James Gadd is a few steps away, shouting about his grandson, Harry, who is still in the... (full context)
Chapter 3
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...table.” First Clarissa speaks, then Joe interrupts, and vice versa. Together, they “heap curses on” James Gadd “and his incompetence,” but they are drawn inevitably back to what they could have done... (full context)
Chapter 17
Obsession Theme Icon
...whether Jean’s husband was alone in the moments before the accident. Similarly unhelpful has been James Gadd , who has declared that he will only talk about the accident “in the coroner’s... (full context)