Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Mr. McBain Character Analysis

Mr. McBain, who never appears in the story, owns a barn near Josie’s house that happens to be right where the Sun sets from Josie’s window. The barn becomes a Stonehenge-like place of worship for Klara, and she goes there (with Rick’s help) to ask the Sun to cure Josie.

Mr. McBain Quotes in Klara and the Sun

The Klara and the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. McBain or refer to Mr. McBain. 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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Part Three Quotes

“Please make Josie better. Just as you did Beggar Man.”

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Rick, Beggar Man, Mr. McBain
Related Symbols: The Cootings Machine, The Sun
Page Number: 163
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. McBain Character Timeline in Klara and the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. McBain appears in Klara and the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
...the window that particularly interests Klara is a dark box, which Josie explains is Mr. McBain’s barn. For Klara, this barn appears to be where the Sun goes to rest in... (full context)
Part Three
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Klara then asks about McBain’s barn. She believes it may be related to helping Josie with her illness. Rick is... (full context)
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
Following Rick’s instructions, Klara makes the journey to Mr. McBain’s barn just before sunset. She stumbles, but Rick (who has been watching from a window)... (full context)
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
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Rick and Klara make it to Mr. McBain’s barn, and Klara asks to be left alone. She sits and waits in the barn... (full context)
Part Four
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Costs and Benefits of Progress Theme Icon
...she doesn’t know but reassures Rick that he has completed the task she began in McBain’s barn. Rick is happy but still doesn’t understand. Klara is having vision problems and takes... (full context)
Part Five
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Costs and Benefits of Progress Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
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Klara says she must go back to McBain’s barn right before the Sun goes down. Rick says he’ll help. Klara asks Rick to... (full context)
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
...particularly bright spot left. It turns out to be some sheets of glass that Mr. McBain left around the barn. Then the Sun finally disappears all the way. (full context)