Passing

Clare Kendry / Bellew Character Analysis

Clare Kendry is Irene’s childhood acquaintance and John Bellew’s wife. She is a beautiful, charming, wealthy woman who, although born to a black father in a black community, lives in public as a white woman. Clare has light skin, blond hair, and dark eyes. Clare describes herself as someone who will do anything to get what she wants. After her father’s death during her adolescence, Clare moved away from her mostly-black neighborhood in Chicago to live with her white aunts. Later, she eloped with John Bellew, a white man to whom she never revealed her black ancestry. Together they have one daughter, Margery, and travel frequently for John’s work. Despite the fact that Clare’s passing affords her many of the privileges afforded to white Americans, she is unhappy in her situation, and longs to return to the black community. To this end, Clare attempts to befriend Irene. This leads eventually to Irene’s suspicion that Clare is having an affair with Brian. Ultimately, Clare dies after either falling or being pushed out of a sixth story window—the narrative leaves Clare’s death ambiguous, and the reader unsure of whether Irene jealously pushed her, she jumped, or she simply lost her balance.

Clare Kendry / Bellew Quotes in Passing

The Passing quotes below are all either spoken by Clare Kendry / Bellew or refer to Clare Kendry / Bellew. 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 Anchor Books edition of Passing published in 2001.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

This, she reflected, was of a piece with all that she knew of Clare Kendry. Stepping always on the edge of danger. Always aware, but not drawing back or turning aside. Certainly not because of any alarms or feeling of outrage on the part of others.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Related Symbols: Doorways, Windows, Thresholds
Page Number: 172
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You can’t know how in this pale life of mine I am all the time seeing the bright pictures of that other that I once thought I was glad to be free of….It’s like an ache, a pain that never ceases.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew (speaker), Irene Redfield
Page Number: 174
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

White people were so stupid about such things for all that they usually asserted that they were able to tell; and by the most ridiculous means: fingernails, palms of hands, shapes of ears, teeth, and other equally silly rot. They always took her for an Italian, a Spaniard, a Mexican, or a Gypsy. Never, when she was alone, had they even remotely seemed to suspect that she was a Negro. No, the woman sitting there staring at her couldn’t possibly know.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Page Number: 178
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Her lips, painted a brilliant geranium red, were sweet and sensitive and a little obstinate. A tempting mouth. The face across the forehead and cheeks was a trifle too wide, but the ivory skin had a peculiar soft luster. And the eyes were magnificent! Dark, sometimes absolutely black, always luminous, and set in long, black lashes. Arresting eyes, slow and mesmeric, and with, for all their warmth, something withdrawn and secret about them. Ah! Surely! They were Negro eyes! Mysterious and concealing. And set in that ivory face under that bright hair, there was about them something exotic. Yes, Clare Kendry’s loveliness was absolute, beyond challenge, thanks to those eyes which her grandmother and later her mother and father had given her.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Page Number: 190-191
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Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

Later, when she examined her feeling of annoyance, Irene admitted, a shade reluctantly, that it arose from a feeling of being outnumbered, a sense of aloneness, in her adherence to her own class and kind; not merely in the great thing of marriage, but in the whole pattern of her life as well.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield, Gertrude Martin
Page Number: 195
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It’s awful the way it skips generations and then pops out. Why, he actually said he didn’t care what color it turned out, if I would only stop worrying about it. But, of course, nobody wants a dark child.

Related Characters: Gertrude Martin (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Page Number: 197
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He roared with laughter. Clare’s ringing bell-like laugh joined his. Gertrude, after another uneasy shift in her seat, added her shrill one. Irene, who had been sitting with lips tightly compressed, cried out: “That’s good!” and gave way to gales of laughter. She laughed and laughed and laughed. Tears ran down her cheeks. Her sides ached. Her throat hurt. She laughed on and on and on, long after the others had subsided.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield, John/Jack Bellew, Gertrude Martin
Page Number: 201
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Oh no Nig…nothing like that with me. I know you’re no nigger, so it’s all right. You can get as black as you please as far as I’m concerned, since I know you’re no nigger. I draw the line at that. No niggers in my family. Never have been and never will be.

Related Characters: John/Jack Bellew (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew
Page Number: 201
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

Clare had come softly into the room without knocking and, before Irene could greet her, had dropped a kiss on her dark curls… Redfield had a sudden inexplicable onrush of affectionate feeling. Reaching out, she grasped Clare’s two hands in her own and cried with something like awe in her voice: “Dear God! But aren’t you lovely Clare!”

Related Characters: Irene Redfield (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew
Page Number: 224-225
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Irene…had the same thought that she had had two years ago on the roof of the Drayton, that Clare Kendry was just a shade too good-looking. Her tone was on the edge of irony as she said: “You mean because so many other white people go?”

Related Characters: Irene Redfield (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew
Page Number: 229
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You didn’t tell him you were colored, so he’s got no way of knowing about this hankering of yours after Negroes, or that it galls you to fury to hear them called niggers and black devils. As far as I can see, you’ll just have to endure some things and give up others. As we’ve said before, everything must be paid for.

Related Characters: Irene Redfield (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew, John/Jack Bellew
Page Number: 231
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Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

I think what they feel is—well, a kind of emotional excitement. You know, the sort of thing you feel in the presence of something strange, and even, perhaps, a bit repugnant to you; something so different that it’s really at the opposite end of the pole from all your accustomed notions of beauty.

Related Characters: Irene Redfield (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew, Hugh Wentworth
Page Number: 236
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

“Children aren’t everything…There are other things in the world, though I admit some people don’t seem to suspect it.” And she laughed, more, it seemed, at some secret joke of her own that at her words.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew (speaker), Irene Redfield, Margery
Page Number: 240
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Part 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

Did you notice that cup…It was the ugliest thing that your ancestors, the charming Confederates, ever owned…What I’m coming to is the fact that I’ve never figured out a way of getting rid of it until about five minutes ago. I had an inspiration. I had only to break it, and I was rid of it forever. So simple!

Related Characters: Irene Redfield (speaker), Clare Kendry / Bellew, Brian Redfield, Hugh Wentworth
Page Number: 255
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Part 3, Chapter 2 Quotes

She was caught between two allegiances, different, yet the same. Herself. Her race. Race! The thing that bound and suffocated her…Irene Redfield wished, for the first time in her life, that she had not been born a Negro. For the first time she suffered and rebelled because she was unable to disregard the burden of race. It was, she cried silently, enough to suffer as a woman, an individual, on one’s own account, without having to suffer for the race as well.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Page Number: 258
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Part 3, Chapter 3 Quotes

Above everything else she had wanted, had striven, to keep undisturbed the pleasant routine of her life. And now Clare Kendry had come into it, and with her the menace of impermanence.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield
Page Number: 262
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Part 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

Drearily she rose from her chair and went upstairs to set about the business of dressing to go out when she would far rather have remained at home. During the process she wondered, for the hundredth time, why she hadn’t told Brian about herself and Felise running into Bellew the day before, and for the hundredth time she turned away from acknowledging to herself the real reason for keeping back the information.

Related Characters: Clare Kendry / Bellew, Irene Redfield, Brian Redfield, Felise Freeland
Page Number: 265
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Clare Kendry / Bellew Character Timeline in Passing

The timeline below shows where the character Clare Kendry / Bellew appears in Passing. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
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...letter is postmarked from New York City. Irene, knowing it is from a woman named Clare Kendry, thinks the letter is just like Clare — “always on the edge of danger.” (full context)
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As Irene looks at the letter, she imagines Clare as she knew her when she was a child, calmly and defiantly sewing a dress... (full context)
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Irene then remembers the day Bob died in a saloon fight, when Clare was fifteen years old. She thinks of Clare standing and looking with “disdain” at his... (full context)
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...her attention to the letter, opens the envelope and begins to read. The letter expresses Clare’s desire to see Irene again and to join Irene’s community—requests that Irene immediately wants to... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...Irene continues to struggle, and then the woman laughs. Immediately, Irene identifies the woman as Clare Kendry. Irene is shocked. Clare orders two teas and cigarettes as Irene calculates that it... (full context)
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Irene then remembers that, after her father died, Clare went to live with family in a different part of Chicago. Clare used to visit... (full context)
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...Irene suspects that there was more to the story. She later heard many rumors about Clare’s whereabouts. Among the stories was the tale that Clare had been seen dining in a... (full context)
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Irene expresses her surprise at seeing Clare, who says she is not, in fact, surprised to see Irene. Clare says that she... (full context)
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Irene defends herself for having not thought of Clare, telling Clare that, like everyone, she is very busy with her present life. Clare says... (full context)
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Clare tells Irene that it was these rejections that made her decide not to go back... (full context)
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Clare then asks Irene to tell her about her life, and if she is married. They... (full context)
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...Irene jumps up and says she must go. Irene remembers that she has not asked Clare anything about herself, but realizes she does not really want to know. Irene debates whether... (full context)
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Clare begs Irene not to go, and asks to see her again, saying she will be... (full context)
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Irene then impulsively invites Clare to go to Idlewild (a lake resort that, unlike most 1920s resorts, allows black visitors)... (full context)
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Irene has the feeling that Clare is mocking her, but is not sure why. But she admits to herself that she... (full context)
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Still, Irene does not leave. She is curious about Clare’s life, and her choice to pass in white society, but unsure how to ask about... (full context)
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Irene is shocked that Clare has not had to explain her background, and Clare seems amused by her surprise. Clare... (full context)
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Clare goes on to describe her aunts, who were poor and religious, and felt morally obligated... (full context)
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Clare describes her determination to get away from her aunts. Clare then tells Irene that when... (full context)
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Clare then talks about meeting her rich white husband, John, and how her aunt’s shame about... (full context)
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Clare gets teary at the idea of Irene’s father asking about her, and explains that she... (full context)
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Clare returns to the subject of passing, asking Irene if she ever thought about trying to... (full context)
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As Irene observes Clare, fascinated by her choices, she thinks that Clare has always had a somewhat arrogant manner,... (full context)
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Clare asks if Irene can see her on Monday or Tuesday, and Irene tells Clare that... (full context)
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...and on her way back to her father’s house, she thinks over her encounter with Clare, harboring mixed feelings of irritation and pleasure. Irene is annoyed that she promised to make... (full context)
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...house, thinking about what her father’s reaction will be when she tells him about seeing Clare. Irene then realizes that Clare did not tell Irene her married name, and that Clare... (full context)
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...cloudy and foggy, which Irene sees as another reason why she should not go see Clare. Clare rings Irene’s telephone incessantly all morning. Each time, Irene tells her father’s housekeeper Liza... (full context)
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Irene tries to tell Clare she cannot see her, but Clare begs Irene to come have tea, reminding her that... (full context)
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When Irene arrives at Clare’s place, Clare greets her with a kiss, and smilingly tells her how glad she is... (full context)
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Gertrude, a mutual childhood acquaintance, greets Irene. Irene thinks about how Gertrude, like Clare, married a white man. Unlike Clare, however, Gertrude’s husband knows that she is black. Irene... (full context)
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...the tea party, she will admit to herself that she felt outnumbered. Both Gertrude and Clare have married white men, while Irene married a black man, and thus stayed in the... (full context)
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Irene agrees, and asks how Clare found Gertrude. Clare says she looked up the contact information for Gertrude’s father’s store—a butcher... (full context)
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Clare tells Irene that Gertrude told her before Irene arrived about her two twin boys, and... (full context)
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Clare tells them she will not have any more children because she was so terrified during... (full context)
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Clare tries to smooth things over, saying that black people think too much about skin pigment,... (full context)
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Gertrude tells Clare that Claude Jones converted to Judaism, and says she would “die laughing” if she saw... (full context)
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Clare is embarrassed, and backpedals, but then says she is surprised Irene would have expected them... (full context)
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Irene is about to leave when Clare’s husband John arrives. Irene observes his appearance as he walks in, noticing he is not... (full context)
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Clare introduces John to Gertrude and Irene, and then asks if Irene and Gertrude heard her... (full context)
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Clare pours tea for John and asks him if it would matter to him, after their... (full context)
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Irene asks John if he dislikes black people, and John responds that he and Clare both hate them, so much so that Clare will not even allow them to have... (full context)
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...mounts, but she does not say anything because she knows it would be dangerous for Clare. Clare gently tries to steer John away from the subject, saying it will bore them,... (full context)
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Irene is still furious, but out of allegiance to Clare, she tries to collect herself, and they calmly discuss Irene’s life in New York, and... (full context)
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...nastily on the fact that there are lots of black people in South America before Clare cuts him off. John backs off and asks Gertrude about her life in Chicago. As... (full context)
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Clare offers Irene more tea, but Irene refuses and says she must go. Everyone stands up,... (full context)
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On the street, Gertrude exclaims that Clare must be crazy to be living in that situation, and Irene agrees that it seems... (full context)
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...the tea party, and her own contemptuous anger. She tries to decode the look on Clare’s face as she said goodbye, which seemed ambiguously threatening. Later than night, Irene continues to... (full context)
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...day Irene is to leave from Chicago for New York, she receives a letter from Clare. She tells herself she will not read it, as she is busy and does not... (full context)
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...The letter thanks Irene for her visit, and acknowledges that Irene must be thinking that Clare should never have asked her to come. Clare says, though, that the visit made her... (full context)
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Afterward, Irene thinks she will never see Clare again, and that if she does, she will ignore her. Irene turns her thoughts back... (full context)
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...present, in her home in New York, holding the second letter she has received from Clare, several years after their meeting in Chicago. In this letter, Clare expresses her desire to... (full context)
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...day in Chicago, which was so humiliating and hurtful to her. Irene thinks that, if Clare had wanted to retain her connections to the black community, she should have thought of... (full context)
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...the face of John’s racism. However, Irene knows that she did not want to betray Clare, and feels a loyalty to her as member of her race. Irene acknowledges that Clare... (full context)
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As she pulls on her stockings, Irene swears to herself not to indulge Clare. Irene’s husband Brian walks into the room, jokingly says that he has caught her swearing,... (full context)
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Brian looks up from the letter and asks if Clare is the same girl that Irene saw in Chicago last time she was there (clearly,... (full context)
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...didn’t, but Irene says she “can’t see it.” She tells Brian she will write to Clare that day and put an end to the matter. (full context)
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Irene then expresses surprise that Clare wants to spend time with her at all, given John’s terrifying racism. Brian cuts her... (full context)
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Five days after Irene has received Clare’s second letter, she still has not replied. Irene notices that Clare has asked for Irene’s... (full context)
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Irene later decides that it is better anyway to not answer Clare’s letter, thinking that Clare will get the message that way. Irene imagines Clare might write... (full context)
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...then knocking on her bedroom door. Zulena stands in the doorway and tells Irene that Clare is there to see her. Irene hesitates, and then tells Zulena to bring Clare upstairs.... (full context)
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Clare enters the room without knocking and kisses Irene on the head. Irene feels a sudden... (full context)
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Irene tells Clare that she did not respond because she does not think Clare should risk being caught... (full context)
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Clare becomes irritated, and tells Irene emphatically that she does not care about being safe. Irene... (full context)
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...out her cigarette, feeling resentful, but her voice sounds pitying as she expresses sympathy for Clare, saying she did not realize that was how she felt. Clare begins to cry, and... (full context)
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Irene tells Clare that no one is completely safe, happy, or free, and Clare points out that that’s... (full context)
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...is for her, and that Hugh Wentworth is on the other end. Irene apologizes to Clare and picks up the phone in her room. Irene talks to Hugh for a few... (full context)
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Clare asks why they come, and Irene says that some come for the reason Clare is... (full context)
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Clare becomes upset and curses John, saying that she expects she will kill him one day.... (full context)
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Irene then invites Clare to meet her sons, and together they go upstairs. Clare stands in the doorway and... (full context)
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Clare leaves, and Brian calls Irene to tell her he will be home late. Irene is... (full context)
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...lists events that Irene remembers, starting with when Irene tells Brian about the fact that Clare is coming to the Negro Welfare League dance. Brian smiles contemptuously to mask his annoyance. (full context)
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The next memory is Irene coming downstairs just before the dance to find Clare standing in the living room with Brian. Clare wears a black taffeta dress and looks... (full context)
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In the car, Clare expresses her excitement, which annoys Irene. Once they are at the dance, Irene watches Clare... (full context)
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...to figure out the “name, status, and race” of a certain beautiful blond woman, meaning Clare. Irene explains that they are childhood friends, and that Clare had mentioned wanting to meet... (full context)
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Hugh remarks that Clare is dancing with more black men than white. Meanwhile, he says, all the white women... (full context)
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...says they will have to talk about it more sometime in the future. Hugh says Clare is the perfect example of Irene’s theory. (full context)
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Then Hugh lights a cigarette and asks if it’s true that Clare is a perfect example, implying that she might not be as white as she appears.... (full context)
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...the end of the dance, Brian offers to drop Irene off first and then take Clare home. Irene tells him he does not have to do so, because Irene asked Bianca... (full context)
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...in many respects in Irene’s mind, it does mark the beginning of her friendship with Clare. After the dance, Clare often visits the Redfield household. Despite this new friendship, Irene remains... (full context)
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Still, Irene does not request that Clare stop coming. Brian seems to tolerate Clare with amusement, and has stopped worrying about the... (full context)
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Clare sometimes attends social events with Irene and Brian, and occasionally goes with Brian alone if... (full context)
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Margery, meanwhile, is already back in Switzerland for school, and Clare and John plan on returning there in the spring. The idea of going back upsets... (full context)
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Clare changes her tone and agrees with Irene, apologizing for poking fun at her. Clare reaches... (full context)
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...will, as usual, be late. Irene thanks him for waking her. Brian informs Irene that Clare is already downstairs, and Irene responds with annoyance, saying that she did not invite her.... (full context)
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...her. Irene tells Brian that Hugh prefers intelligent women, and Brian asks if Irene thinks Clare is stupid. (full context)
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...Brian sees this comment as somewhat catty, but Irene objects, saying that no one admires Clare’s brand of intelligence, as well as her “decorative qualities,” more than she does. Irene then... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Brian admits to having invited Clare to the party. Irene is furious, and as she speaks, her voice has a strange... (full context)
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Irene completely changes her tune and tells Brian she is glad that Clare is coming. Brian returns downstairs. Irene tells him she will be right down, and Brian... (full context)
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...does not have to think about the possibility that Brian is cheating on her with Clare. The guests make small talk, and Irene responds to questions about a decoration that Brian... (full context)
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...tells Felise they are fine. Felise tells Irene she is going to go talk with Clare, who is sitting by herself, and who she wants to invite to a party. (full context)
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Felise, before leaving her, comments that Clare looks stunning. Irene agrees, and takes in Clare’s fine clothes. Irene spots Hugh across the... (full context)
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...makes social plans with the party guests, but feels apathetic and tired. She eavesdrops on Clare talking to Dave Freeland, and hears Clare’s charming compliments to Dave. Irene notes that Clare... (full context)
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Irene thinks again about the possibility that Brian and Clare are sleeping together, and wonders what will happen to her and the boys if that... (full context)
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...that Hugh has covered for her. She thinks he realizes that Irene is jealous of Clare and suspects infidelity. Irene wants to dissuade him from this suspicion, so Irene steels herself,... (full context)
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Irene makes small talk with Clare, which the narrator tells using only conversation fragments spoken by Irene. The clock chimes, and... (full context)
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Although in the previous section Irene thinks that she can live with Brian and Clare’s (unsubstantiated) affair, and it does not matter, the narrator states in this section that it... (full context)
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...so she should not assume he is doing so now. Irene wonders why Brian inviting Clare has caused her to be so jealous and suspicious. Anyway, Irene thinks, if they are... (full context)
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...it was so busy, because it kept her from thinking too much about Brian and Clare. Irene is also happy that Clare has not been around much because John was home... (full context)
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Irene tells herself that Brian’s behavior is not necessarily because of Clare, but she wishes it were Spring already, when Clare will be on her way back... (full context)
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Irene entertains the idea of telling John that Clare is black in order to get Clare out of her life. However, Irene feels that,... (full context)
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...about the fact that, if she had introduced John to Felise, John might realize that Clare has been spending time in Harlem and take her away. Irene thinks that it was... (full context)
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Irene wonders if she should tell Clare that she has run into John, since, although Irene did not betray Clare, he still... (full context)
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...tries to read, but is too distracted. She wonders what might happen if John divorces Clare, and thinks that it “if Clare were free” it would be the worst outcome. Irene... (full context)
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...realizes that, above all, she wants to keep her routine with him, and worries that Clare will ruin it. Irene prays that March, when Clare will leave, will come soon. She... (full context)
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...silence. Then she watches the snow falling out the window until Zulena tells Irene that Clare is on the phone and wants to speak with her. Irene asks Zulena to take... (full context)
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...he said “don’t expect me to give up everything.” She thinks he might have meant Clare. She tries to talk herself down from this idea. Irene remembers that Clare will soon... (full context)
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Clare arrives at the house, looking beautiful, while Irene is still getting dressed. Clare kisses Irene... (full context)
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...so she does not have to look at herself in the mirror. She then asks Clare if she has thought about what it would mean for her if John ever found... (full context)
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Irene is determined not to reveal her thoughts and worries to Clare. She tells Clare to go downstairs and talk to Brian. As Clare gets up and... (full context)
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At this point, Irene acknowledges that she is completely certain that Clare and Brian are having an affair, and that she is beyond trying to convince herself... (full context)
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...sure Brian stays with her, despite the fact that she now wholeheartedly believes Brian and Clare are having an affair. Irene thinks it is better to share him and close her... (full context)
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After a page break, Brian, Clare, and Irene are arriving at the party at the Freelands’. Brian asks Clare if she... (full context)
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Clare asks why Felise lives on the sixth floor, and Irene responds that Felise says it... (full context)
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...Redfield, and asks what is wrong with John. John enters the room and walks toward Clare. Clare, meanwhile, backs away from him. John calls Clare a “nigger.” At the sound of... (full context)
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Clare stands by the window, surprisingly composed and smiling slightly. Her smile infuriates Irene, who runs... (full context)
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Everyone except Irene rushes downstairs. Irene sits down and processes the fact that Clare has fallen out the window. Irene is shocked, and wonders if the others think Clare... (full context)
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...with the rest of them. Irene panics when she thinks that it is possible that Clare might not be dead, and feels sick at the idea that her beautiful body might... (full context)
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...on Dave, looking sick. Irene walks to Brian, who looks deeply upset. Irene asks if Clare is dead, not managing to completely get the words out, and Felise responds that Clare’s... (full context)