Left to Tell

by

Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Marie Rose Kankindi Character Analysis

Marie Rose, known as Rose, is Immaculée’s mother. She is a teacher and, like her husband, is someone to whom others in the community turn for support. She is known for her exceptional kindness and her inability to turn away anyone in need, which leads her to spend most of her time and energy helping others. She always worries about the safety of her family, and she expresses the hope that she dies before any of them. Ultimately, this wish is granted, though in extraordinarily sad circumstances—she is killed toward the beginning of the genocide, after unsuccessfully asking her Hutu friend Murenge for help.

Marie Rose Kankindi Quotes in Left to Tell

The Left to Tell quotes below are all either spoken by Marie Rose Kankindi or refer to Marie Rose Kankindi . 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

Both of my parents were teachers, and adamant believers that the only defense against poverty and hunger was a good education… Mom and Dad were the first high school graduates in their families, and they were determined that their children would go even further than they had in school. Dad led by example, working hard and studying throughout his life. He received many honors and promotions during his career, rising steadily through the ranks from primary teacher to junior high school principal. He was eventually appointed chief administrator for all of the Catholic schools in our district.

Page Number: 5
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My parents were devout Roman Catholics and passed on their beliefs to us. Mass was mandatory on Sundays, as were evening prayers with the family at home. I loved praying, going to church, and everything else to do with God. I especially loved the Virgin Mary, believing that she was my second mom, watching out for me from heaven.

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Chapter 2 Quotes

But our parents didn't teach us about our own history. We didn't know that Rwanda was made up of three tribes: a Hutu majority; a Tutsi minority; and a very small number of Twa, a pygmy-like tribe of forest dwellers. We weren't taught that the German colonialists, and the Belgian ones that followed, converted Rwanda's existing social structure—a monarchy that under a Tutsi king had provided Rwanda with centuries of peace and harmony—into a discriminatory, race-based class system. The Belgians favored the minority Tutsi aristocracy and promoted its status as the ruling class; therefore, Tutsis were ensured a better education to better manage the country and generate greater profits for the Belgian overlords. The Belgians introduced an ethnic identity card to more easily distinguish the two tribes, deepening the rift they'd created between Hutu and Tutsi. Those reckless blunders created a lingering resentment among Hutus that helped lay the groundwork for genocide.

Page Number: 14-15
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Mom and Dad ignored the social and political reality they lived in, and instead taught that everyone was born equal. They didn't want their children growing up feeling paranoid or inferior because they were born Tutsi.

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Marie Rose Kankindi Character Timeline in Left to Tell

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Chapter 1: The Eternal Spring
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...going swimming with her father, Leonard, near their house. When they get home, her mother, Rose, always has breakfast ready. (full context)
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Rose is a very energetic woman, who tends to the family fields alongside her full-time job... (full context)
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...money to build a community center, a soccer pitch, and new roof for the school. Rose, meanwhile, often invites families in need to live in her own home. She also tutors... (full context)
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Rose and Leonard treat the village like an “extended family” and people travel significant distances to... (full context)
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...and funny. Once, having taught himself to drive at the age of 12, Damascene drives Rose to the hospital when she has an asthma attack while Leonard is away. Damascene almost... (full context)
Chapter 2: Standing Up
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...eventually he assures Immaculée that they will find a way to send her to school. Rose adds that they will pray, and that Immaculée should not lose hope. (full context)
Chapter 3: Higher Learning
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...a neighborhood gossip, informs Immaculée that Leonard was among those arrested. Immaculée races home, where Rose doesn’t mention Leonard’s arrest until Immaculée says she already knows. Rose then explains that soon... (full context)
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...was all a misunderstanding. Immaculée’s brothers insist that it is time to flee the country; Rose is worried that they are going to join the RPF, and she warns them that... (full context)
Chapter 5: Returning Home
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...the death list is real and that they should leave that night, without Leonard and Rose. Although in some ways this plan is tempting, Damascene and Immaculée decide to wait until... (full context)
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Rose cries out in horror, and the family sits in tense silence. Augustine says he would... (full context)
Chapter 6: No Going Back
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...learns that soldiers broke into her house and assassinated her while she was on air. Rose, who is in a “kind of trance,” packs the family’s belongings in suitcases. Yet Leonard... (full context)
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...the night progresses. In the middle of the night, Immaculée goes downstairs to find that Rose has fallen asleep while guarding the door. Draped in a white sheet, she looks like... (full context)
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In the early morning, Immaculée gently wakes Rose and assures her that everything is ok. She is shocked to see 10,000 Tutsis now... (full context)
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...shouts announcing that the killers are back. Leonard runs toward them carrying his spear, while Rose runs after him screaming that if he goes alone he will certainly be killed. She... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Pain of Freedom
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Jean Paul then tells Immaculée that Rose was killed a few days before Leonard. He suspects that Laurent was one of those... (full context)
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Immaculée realizes that they are at the schoolhouse where Rose used to teach, and is briefly comforted by fond memories of her mother. There are... (full context)
Chapter 18: A Letter from Damascene
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...“so much humor.” This letter is dated May 6, 1994. It is addressed to Leonard, Rose, Vianney, and Immaculée, but there are parentheses around everyone’s name but Immaculée’s. In the letter,... (full context)
Chapter 19: Camp Comfort
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...her parents, and begins to cry as she recalls her close friendship with Leonard and Rose. Aloise says that Rose “saved” her by paying for her school fees when her parents... (full context)
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...to Aloise the next day and agrees. Aloise jokes that she is doing it for Rose, not for Immaculée. (full context)
Chapter 21: On to Kigali
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...name. It is Bazil, a Hutu neighbor who’d joined the Tutsi rebels. Bazil had been Rose’s favorite student; now, he and Immaculée embrace. Bazil explains to the other soldiers that Immaculée... (full context)
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Immaculée and Bazil immediately begin catching up, and when Bazil asks after Rose, he still calls her “Teacher.” With a heavy heart, Immaculée tells Bazil that her family,... (full context)
Chapter 23: Burying the Dead
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Immaculée’s family home has been completely destroyed. Her few surviving Tutsi neighbors show her where Rose and Damascene were hastily buried. Hearing the details of how her family members died fills... (full context)
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...when she last saw them. A group of Tutsi survivors and Hutu friends assemble for Rose and Damascene’s reburial. When they dig up Damascene’s body, Esperance tells Immaculée not to look,... (full context)
Chapter 24: Forgiving the Living
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...so she will be ready “next time,” which makes Immaculée’s heart heavy. Immaculée kneels by Rose and Damascene’s graves and tells them about her new life in Kigali, crying tears of... (full context)
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...he asks Immaculée if she wants to meet the leader of the gang who killed Rose and Damascene, and Immaculée replies that she does. The murderer, Felicien, was a successful Hutu... (full context)