Aunt Maud is Shade’s aunt who raised him after his parents died. A painter who loved the grotesque and morbid, Maud is something of an eccentric who likely scandalized the stodgy townsfolk in New Wye. During Hazel’s teenage years, Maud’s health deteriorates, she loses her ability to speak, and she dies in an institution. After her death, a poltergeist appears in the Shade home, and while it might be Aunt Maud haunting them from beyond the grave, the novel implies that the phenomena are actually caused by Hazel processing her grief.
Aunt Maud Quotes in Pale Fire
The Pale Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Aunt Maud or refer to Aunt Maud. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Pale Fire published in 1962.).
Aunt Maud Character Timeline in Pale Fire
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Maud appears in Pale Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Pale Fire: Canto One
...Shade would pray for the rest of his family to stay healthy. His strange Aunt Maud raised him—she made paintings that combined realism with the fantastically grotesque. Maud lived until after... (full context)
Pale Fire: Canto Two
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