Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children

by

Salman Rushdie

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A fellow resident of Methwold’s Estate and Saleem Sinai’s first love. Evie is an American who represents the European presence in postcolonial India. She is aggressive and mean, and after getting into a fight with the Brass Monkey over the cats on Methwold’s Estate, Evie is sent back to America so that she doesn’t have to mix with “savages.”

Evie Burns Quotes in Midnight’s Children

The Midnight’s Children quotes below are all either spoken by Evie Burns or refer to Evie Burns. 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 Penguin edition of Midnight’s Children published in 1980.
Book 2: Love in Bombay Quotes

Women have always been the ones to change my life: Mary Pereira, Evie Burns, Jamila Singer, Parvati-the-witch must answer for who I am; and the Widow, who I’m keeping for the end; and after the end, Padma, my goddess of dung. Women have fixed me all right, but perhaps they were never central—perhaps the place which they should have filled, the hole in the center of me which was my inheritance from grandfather Aadam Aziz, was occupied for too long by my voices. Or perhaps—one must consider all possibilities—they always made me a little afraid.

Page Number: 119-20
Explanation and Analysis:
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Evie Burns Character Timeline in Midnight’s Children

The timeline below shows where the character Evie Burns appears in Midnight’s Children. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2: Love in Bombay
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...Sitting in the dark with their gang of friends from Methwold’s Estate, Saleem sits “next-to-and-in-love-with” Evie Burns, an American, while Sonny Ibrahim sits “next-to-and-in-love-with” Monkey, who sits next to the aisle... (full context)
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Evie lives with her widower father in a segregated area of the city just below Methwold’s... (full context)
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Saleem convinces Sonny to talk to Evie on his behalf. As a nervous Saleem looks on, Evie shuts him down (“Who? Him?”)... (full context)
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In an attempt to win Evie’s affection, Saleem vows to share her interests, which he currently doesn’t. He has never liked... (full context)
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After Evie gives Saleem a healthy shove to start him off, he is coasting uncontrollably on her... (full context)
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Saleem is still unable to get Evie to pay attention to him, and after learning to ride bike during a family reunion... (full context)
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Saleem dives deeper and deeper into Evie’s thoughts, and she begins to hold her head and scream, “Get out! Get out!” He... (full context)
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...the wake of the language riot, and Saleem, suddenly, is no longer in love with Evie Burns. (full context)
Book 2: My Tenth Birthday
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...up—except for Sonny and, of course, the Brass Monkey. Sonny gives Saleem a message from Evie Burns: “Tell Saleem he’s out of the gang.” Without his friends, Saleem is left with... (full context)
Book 2: At the Pioneer Café
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Evie Burns and the rest of the Methwold’s Estate children have taken over the clock tower,... (full context)
Book 2: Alpha and Omega
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...cats in search of water. After many failed attempts to rid them from the property, Evie Burns appears with her Daisy pistol. As she opens fire on the unwanted cats, killing... (full context)
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Evie and the Monkey roll around, flailing and kicking, until the gardener finally separates them by... (full context)