Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

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Fay Weldon

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Grace D’Albier Character Analysis

Grace D’Albier is the fictional protagonist of the short story that Fay sends Alice in Letter 11. She is first-time novelist on tour for her new book, which is about incest. Grace bemoans the fact that everyone, including members of her own family, assumes that her book is autobiographical when it is actually entirely fictional. She even reveals that her husband left her because of it. Fay does not finish her draft of Grace’s story, telling Alice that it was pointless and without direction.

Grace D’Albier Quotes in Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

The Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen quotes below are all either spoken by Grace D’Albier or refer to Grace D’Albier. 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 Carroll & Graf edition of Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen published in 1984.
Letter 11 Quotes

Journalists, in particular, who work so cleverly from the real world, understand description, but not invention. It is not surprising. They lose their jobs if they do invent—novelists get sued if they don’t invent. So I, Grace, D’Albier, must go round the world, stared at as a victim of paternal and maternal incest: and though my parents still speak to me, they do so in a rather stiff way. They can comprehend that I made it up, but their friends can’t.

Related Characters: Grace D’Albier (speaker), Aunt Fay, Enid
Page Number: 127
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Grace D’Albier Character Timeline in Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

The timeline below shows where the character Grace D’Albier appears in Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter 11
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The protagonist of Fay’s story is a woman named Grace D’Albier, who has written a popular first novel about incest. Grace is frustrated by constantly... (full context)
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Grace also wonders how she ended up becoming a performer when she only wanted to be... (full context)
Letter 13
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...Alice does not win 50 pounds, because Alice guessed that Fay stopped her story about Grace D’Albier simply because it was boring. In reality, Fay says, she stopped the story because... (full context)