Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Grandpa Lorenzo Character Analysis

Grandpa Lorenzo is deceased, but he was Daunis’s grandfather, GrandMary’s husband, and Mom’s father. He and GrandMary were bigoted toward Native Americans, so they were incensed when Dad, who was Ojibwe, got Mom pregnant—so using their power as one of the wealthiest couples in Sault Ste. Marie, they kept Dad from ever being able to get a job in town. Grant Edwards now owns Grandpa Lorenzo’s antique office furniture.

Grandpa Lorenzo Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Grandpa Lorenzo or refer to Grandpa Lorenzo. 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:
Justice Theme Icon
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Chapter 1  Quotes

My Zhaaganaash and Anishinaabe grandmothers could not have been more different. […] Their push and pull on me has been a tug-of-war my entire life.

When I was seven, I spent a weekend at Gramma Pearl’s tar-paper house on Sugar Island. I woke up crying with an earache […]. She had me pee in a cup, and poured it into my ear as I rested my head in her lap. Back home for Sunday dinner at GrandMary and Grandpa Lorenzo’s, I excitedly shared how smart my grandmother was. Gramma Pearl fixed my earache with my pee! GrandMary recoiled and, a heartbeat later, glared at my mother as if this was her fault. Something split inside me when I saw my mother’s embarrassment. I learned there were times when I was expected to be a Fontaine and other times when it was safe to be a Firekeeper.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Gramma Pearl, GrandMary, Mom, Grandpa Lorenzo, Dad
Page Number: 10-11
Explanation and Analysis:
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Grandpa Lorenzo Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Grandpa Lorenzo appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...a doctor; this, GrandMary believed, would redeem her after the “Big Scandal of Mary and Lorenzo Fontaine ’s Perfect Life.” Daunis wants to be a doctor and has been happy to play... (full context)
Chapter 7
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
Love, Honesty, and Respect Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...about her pregnancy, and Dad broke both his legs. They didn’t heal right, and because Grandpa Lorenzo was the mayor of Sault Ste. Marie and disliked Native Americans, Dad couldn’t get a... (full context)
Chapter 24
Coming of Age Theme Icon
...and then tries to access the file cabinet (the office furniture used to belong to Grandpa Lorenzo , so Daunis knows where the secret key is). But the key is gone. Hearing... (full context)
Chapter 30
Justice Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...stealing? Privately deciding that’s a dead-end, Daunis asks Mom how she felt about GrandMary selling Grandpa Lorenzo ’s office furniture when she sold the shop. Mom is obviously still upset about it,... (full context)
Chapter 41
Justice Theme Icon
Generational Trauma and Bigotry Theme Icon
Ceremony, Pride, and Healing Theme Icon
...up and then refocuses: she’ll say she was in his office to take photos of Grandpa Lorenzo ’s furniture. She’d like to buy the furniture back. But when Grant opens his room,... (full context)
Chapter 56
Love, Honesty, and Respect Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
A small boy visits Daunis. The boy’s eyes remind her of Grandpa Lorenzo ’s, and he has brown curly hair with strands of copper. Daunis takes the boy’s... (full context)