A churchgoing woman and a closeted lesbian. When Jeanette is very young and goes deaf due to a problem with her adenoids, no one notices Jeanette’s sudden lack of hearing, and assumes her withdrawn attitude and ignorance of her surroundings means she is having a divine episode. Jeanette eventually confesses to Miss Jewsbury that she cannot hear a thing, and Miss Jewsbury takes Jeanette to the hospital and helps her to get medical help. Years later, when Jeanette and Melanie’s affair is revealed in front of the entire congregation, Miss Jewsbury warns Jeanette of what is to come and offers her support in the aftermath. When Jeanette goes to Miss Jewsbury’s house after having been publicly shamed at church, she and Miss Jewsbury make love, and the following day Miss Jewsbury drives Jeanette to the house where Melanie is staying so that Jeanette can say goodbye. Shortly after that, Miss Jewsbury leaves town for good, returning only for Elsie’s funeral, during which she briefly reconnects with Jeanette and invites her for a visit—which Jeanette, older and wiser, declines.
Miss Jewsbury Character Timeline in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Jewsbury appears in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...one from church has mentioned the incident, and no one seems to have noticed that Miss Jewsbury has packed up and left town. Meanwhile, Jeanette’s mother is collecting canned foods to add... (full context)
...commotion, as Jeanette returns to the kitchen, she feels someone standing behind her. It is Miss Jewsbury , who asks Jeanette how she’s faring. After the two catch up briefly, Miss Jewsbury... (full context)