Left to Tell

by

Immaculée Ilibagiza

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John is Immaculée’s boyfriend during her university years. He is Hutu and protestant, but this does not matter to Immaculée as he is kind and deeply religious. They get engaged, but John embarrasses her by breaking off the engagement at the last minute. John is Pastor Murinzi’s nephew and he visits Immaculée while she is in the bathroom. However, he is cold and callous during this time, and Immaculée realizes that their love is gone forever.

John Quotes in Left to Tell

The Left to Tell quotes below are all either spoken by John or refer to John. 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 Hay House edition of Left to Tell published in 2006.
Chapter 22 Quotes

The beautiful campus where I'd formed so many wonderful memories and loving friendships was no more. There was garbage everywhere, and many of the buildings were charred and crumbling. Student records blew across the campus like tumbleweeds, and after all these weeks, there were still so many bodies on the ground. I couldn't bear to look, fearing that I'd see the corpse of Sarah or one of my other dear girlfriends. I tried to conjure the memory of the school dances I'd enjoyed, the plays I’d performed in, the romantic walks I'd

taken with John . . . but all were obliterated by the devastation I saw before me.

Related Characters: Immaculée Ilibagiza (speaker), Sarah, John
Page Number: 186
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John Character Timeline in Left to Tell

The timeline below shows where the character John appears in Left to Tell. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Off to University
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...now that all their children have moved out. In Butare, she meets a student named John who is three years older than her and knows some of her friends from back... (full context)
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...Easter vacation in 1993, Immaculée sees the Interahamwe for the first time. She is with John, visiting Sarah and her family in Kigali. While she and John are on a bus... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Pastor’s House
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...greets Immaculée with a smile; he is a close friend of her family, and also John’s uncle. Immaculée once heard her aunt say that the pastor “resented” Leonard’s good actions, but... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Gift of Tongues
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In June, Immaculée is reunited with the man she dated for two years in university, John. They’d fallen out when John called off their engagement party at the last minute, but... (full context)
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Late that night, John comes to see Immaculée in the bathroom and the two of them embrace tightly. John... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Pain of Freedom
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...feeling of being outside in the fresh air. Most of Pastor Murinzi’s sons, along with John, surround the women, carrying weapons to protect them. Suddenly, a group of 60 heavily-armed Interahamwe... (full context)
Chapter 19: Camp Comfort
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...kind, and asks if Immaculée has a boyfriend. She tells him the sad story about John, and the two begin spending lots of time together. One day, Pierre confesses his love... (full context)