Enduring Love

by

Ian McEwan

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Jean Logan Character Analysis

The wife and, later, widow of John Logan, Jean Logan lives in the couple’s Oxford house with their children, Rachael and Leo. Jean is in mourning throughout the novel, an emotional experience that is heightened by her suspicion that her husband was unfaithful to her before his death. When Jean realizes that her fears about her husband’s fidelity have been misplaced, she wonders aloud who can forgive her now that he is no longer alive to do so.

Jean Logan Quotes in Enduring Love

The Enduring Love quotes below are all either spoken by Jean Logan or refer to Jean Logan. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Enduring Love published in 1998.
Chapter 3 Quotes

“I’ll tell you one thing it means, dummkopf. We’ve seen something terrible together. It won’t go away, and we have to help each other. And that means we’ll have to love each other even harder.”
Of course. Why didn’t I think of this? Why didn’t I think like this? We needed love.

Related Characters: Joe Rose (speaker), Clarissa Mellon (speaker), Jean Logan
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 24 Quotes

This breathless scrambling for forgiveness seemed to me almost mad, Mad Hatterish, here on the riverbank where Lewis Carroll, the dean of Christ Church, had once entertained the darling objects of his own obsessions. I caught Clarissa’s eye and we exchanged a half-smile, and it was as if we were pitching our own requests for mutual forgiveness, or at least tolerance, in there with Jean’s and Reid’s frantic counterpoint. I shrugged as though to say that, like her in her letter, I just did not know.

Page Number: 247-248
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Jean Logan Character Timeline in Enduring Love

The timeline below shows where the character Jean Logan appears in Enduring Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...the stretcher that carried the injured Toby Greene away. They briefly imagine the police contacting Mrs. Logan , but “this [is] unbearable too,” and so they return to their own recollections. (full context)
Chapter 6
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...wonders, or was it “rational calculation”? Moreover, does he now have an obligation to visit Mrs. Logan , in order to “tell her what happened”? (full context)
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Picturing that prospective scene, Joe imagines Jean Logan dressed in black with children clinging to her knees. Soon enough, however, this creation... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...after the arrival of Parry’s letter, Joe drives to Oxford to visit John Logan’s widow, Jean Logan. In his thoughts is his “sense of failure at science,” an “old restlessness” whose... (full context)
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Fifteen minutes away from Jean Logan’s house now, Joe considers why he has come. He has spoken to Jean on... (full context)
Chapter 13
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A grief-stricken Jean Logan meets Joe at the door. Following her inside, Joe reflects upon the house’s décor,... (full context)
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Returning to the room, Jean confesses that she doesn’t know why Joe has come and that she would prefer not... (full context)
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Responding with surprising hostility, Jean answers that she does indeed wish to have certain questions answered, but that she doesn’t... (full context)
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Before he can depart, however, Jean gathers herself and begins to ask the questions she has in mind, telling Joe that... (full context)
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Producing a shopping bag from the corner of the room, Jean reveals to Joe the remains of a picnic, found in John’s car among his other... (full context)
Chapter 14
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As he stares at Jean Logan’s children, Joe reflects on his and Clarissa’s history with kids. Though Joe has “never... (full context)
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...about the missing woman, that “it’s completely wrong to kill people.” When Joe replies that Jean has merely been using a common expression, the conversation shifts to whether it is wrong... (full context)
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...lie were they to understand the situation fully. For the children’s benefit as well as Jean’s, Joe states loudly that John Logan was “a very determined and courageous man” and that,... (full context)
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As Joe finishes these remarks, Jean Logan begins to respond. She agrees that her husband was brave, but she insists simultaneously... (full context)
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Joe reflects to himself that only grief could “devise” such a “narrative,” and he tells Jean not to believe such an elaborate “hypothesis.” As he speaks, he notices the children dancing... (full context)
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As Joe prepares to leave, Jean Logan gives him the names and telephone numbers of the other accident witnesses, whom she... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...he simultaneously realizes that he feels “nothing at all.” Instead, his thoughts jump, “froglike,” to Jean Logan, with whom Joe now understands Clarissa to have something in common. Both are women... (full context)
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Thinking about Jean Logan immediately puts Joe in mind of the errand she has set him on, despite... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Arriving at Jean Logan’s house, Joe and Clarissa are greeted by Leo, who is “naked but for face... (full context)
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Joe asks Jean Logan to hear the “story” he wishes to communicate “at first hand.” He makes a... (full context)
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After a while, a man and a younger woman approach the group and join them. Jean Logan expresses concern about whether she can “meet” this woman, and Clarissa assures her that... (full context)
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...witnesses to the accident,” Lacey assured them. Now, however, Reid sees that he has caused Jean Logan “distress,” and he apologizes to her with great sincerity. (full context)
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Rather than taking comfort from James Reid’s story, Jean Logan is further distraught. “Who,” she asks, “is going to forgive [her]” for doubting her... (full context)