Seventy-Two Derwents

by

Cate Kennedy

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Aunty Jacinta Character Analysis

Jacinta is Tyler’s aunt on her mother’s side. She appears only briefly in the story, and Tyler does not have much contact with her outside of the holidays; however, Tyler seems to imagine her as a more stable alternative to her mother. She gives Tyler a handmade doll as a Christmas gift. Tyler’s mother mocks the doll, but Tyler appreciates it deeply. She also sent Tyler a holiday card expressing her affection for her niece, which Tyler continues to treasure. She also included her phone number in the card, despite the fact that Tyler’s mother already knows how to contact her, implying that she worries about Tyler’s well-being. Tyler’s mother resents Jacinta, and suspects her and Tyler’s grandmother of having called Child Services, leading them to take away her older daughter Tegan.

Aunty Jacinta Quotes in Seventy-Two Derwents

The Seventy-Two Derwents quotes below are all either spoken by Aunty Jacinta or refer to Aunty Jacinta. 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 Read How You Want edition of Seventy-Two Derwents published in 2013.
Seventy-Two Derwents Quotes

I said I love her, I love her crown, thank you. Aunty Jacinta leaned over and gave me a hug and she smelled so nice, not like perfume but just cups of tea and shampoo, and she said softly she doesn’t have to be Cinderella, Tyler, you can give her a new name if you like. Then my mum jumped up and said are we allowed to have a glass of wine or do we have to say grace first round here.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Tyler and Ellie’s Mother, Aunty Jacinta
Page Number: 232
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Aunty Jacinta Character Timeline in Seventy-Two Derwents

The timeline below shows where the character Aunty Jacinta appears in Seventy-Two Derwents. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Tyler describes a Christmas gift of her own, a doll that her Aunty Jacinta made by hand and gave to Tyler for Christmas two years ago. At the time,... (full context)
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Tyler describes her gratitude when she received the doll from Aunty Jacinta, and how nice her aunt smelled. When Aunty Jacinta began helping Tyler think of names... (full context)
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...at length. Tyler describes her mother’s resentment towards other members of her family, including Aunty Jacinta and Tyler’s grandmother, and her mother’s suspicion that one of them called Child Services to... (full context)
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Tyler recalls writing a card to Aunty Jacinta last Christmas. Her aunt responded warmly, calling her “wonderful” and sending Tyler her phone number,... (full context)
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...she will soon be hired for a sewing job. She sews with an overlocker that Jacinta gave her two years ago. She’s working on a type of doll she calls “glamour... (full context)
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...offered to send her wherever she wanted, and Tyler asked to go to her Aunt Jacinta’s house; her mother immediately agreed, and they spent the last two weeks of the term... (full context)