Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me


Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Mary Ellen Davenport Character Analysis

Mary Ellen is Allen’s wife Deborah’s friend who begins volunteering with her at the mission and is present with her throughout her battle with cancer. When Mary Ellen first meets Deborah, she is initially intimidated by her wealth, but quickly disarmed by Deborah’s self-sacrificing nature and desire to serve. Mary Ellen is remarkably “plucky” and lends her courage to Deborah often in their work with the mission and their more difficult work alongside Sister Bettie.
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Mary Ellen Davenport Character Timeline in Same Kind of Different as Me

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Ellen Davenport appears in Same Kind of Different as Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
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...rather than brushing her off as he used to, and helping her, Sister Bettie, and Mary Ellen around the mission. (full context)
Chapter 26
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Deborah convinces Mary Ellen , a “plucky” friend of hers, to join them at the mission. Ron and Deborah... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Denver continues his narration. When Deborah does not show up for Bible Study that week, Mary Ellen tells Denver about Deborah’s cancer. Denver’s first thought is that God will heal her, but... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Ron and Deborah move in with Mary Ellen and Alan for a time, and they undertake an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy, determined to... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...silence, a doctor tells Ron that she will not live through another day. While Ron, Mary Ellen , Carson, and Regan are sitting with her, Deborah suddenly cries, “Ron! Get me some... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...reading the notes she had written in her Bible. He drops so much weight that Mary Ellen asks Ron if he has a “death wish,” which seems fitting to him. In the... (full context)