Goblin Market

by

Christina Rossetti

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A young woman who has died after eating the goblin men’s fruit before the story begins, and whose experience serves as a cautionary tale for Laura and Lizzie. Jeanie is a shadowy figure, mentioned only twice throughout the text and lacking any distinctive characteristics. Instead, she functions as a foil for Laura and Lizzie. Like Laura, Jeanie gave in to the temptation of the goblin men. She ate their fruit and accepted their gifts, and subsequently grew weak, listless, and prematurely old.

Jeanie Quotes in Goblin Market

The Goblin Market quotes below are all either spoken by Jeanie or refer to Jeanie. 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:
Temptation and Fallen Women Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Goblin Market published in 2005.
Goblin Market Quotes

“Do you not remember Jeanie,
How she met them in the moonlight,
Took their gifts both choice and many,
Ate their fruits and wore their flowers
Plucked from bowers
Where summer ripens at all hours?
But ever in the noonlight
She pined and pined away;
Sought them by night and day,
Found them no more but dwindled and grew grey;
Then fell with the first snow,
While to this day no grass will grow
Where she lies low:
I planted daisies there a year ago
That never blow.”

Related Characters: Lizzie (speaker), Laura, The Goblin Men, Jeanie
Related Symbols: The Goblin Men’s Fruit, Hair
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jeanie Character Timeline in Goblin Market

The timeline below shows where the character Jeanie appears in Goblin Market. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Temptation and Fallen Women Theme Icon
Women’s Role in Society Theme Icon
...it is haunted by goblin men. Lizzie asks Laura if she remembers the fate of Jeanie, who met the goblins in the moonlight, accepted their gifts, ate their fruit, and wore... (full context)
Temptation and Fallen Women Theme Icon
Women’s Role in Society Theme Icon
Salvation and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...fruit to comfort Laura but fears the consequences of this. She remembers the fate of Jeanie, who “should have been a bride;/ But who for joys brides hope to have/ Fell... (full context)
Temptation and Fallen Women Theme Icon
Salvation and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...peaches,” urging her to “Pluck them and suck them,” but Lizzie, remembering the fate of Jeanie, does not eat. Instead, she holds out her apron and asks them to fill it... (full context)