The groundskeeper who works at the cemetery where Willie Lincoln is interred. When President Lincoln arrives at the graveyard late at night, Manders lets him even though there are rules preventing him from allowing people to enter after dark. Lincoln doesn’t return for hours, so Manders goes looking for him with a lantern, eventually finding him at Willie’s crypt. Together, the two men walk back toward the front gate, but Lincoln confides in the groundskeeper that he feels like Willie is still with him in this place. As such, the president decides to sit a while in the chapel while Manders returns to the watchman’s house. Manders records this story in the watchman logbook, addressing his account to a man named Tom. Later, when Lincoln finally leaves, Manders exchanges a few words with Isabelle Perkins—who lives across the street—about the tragedy of Willie’s death.
Jack Manders Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo
The timeline below shows where the character Jack Manders appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...into his father, though, a lantern light wobbles in the distance. Searching for the president, Manders approaches the crypt, calling out, “Mr. President” as he goes. “He calls for my father,”... (full context)
...many wills, memories, complaints, desires, so much raw life-force,” Bevins says. As Lincoln walks behind Manders, Vollman asks the large group inside to focus its collective attention on telling the president... (full context)