Oryx and Crake


Margaret Atwood

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Bernice lives across the hall from Jimmy during his time at Martha Graham Academy. She is an avid animal rights activists, environmentalist, and vegan whom Jimmy finds deeply unattractive. After leaving Martha Graham Bernice becomes a supporter of the rebellious group “God’s Gardeners.” Jimmy sees her body among other executed protesters in pictures shown to him by CorpSeCorps men.
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Bernice Character Timeline in Oryx and Crake

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Chapter 8
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...writing descriptions of new products.) He lives across the hall from a “fundamentalist” vegan named Bernice whom he finds very unattractive. Bernice antagonizes Jimmy about everything from his faux-leather sandals to... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...always nervous he will see his mother in the photos. He recognizes the body of Bernice in a photo of executed prisoners. Then he is shown a video of his mother,... (full context)