Shadow and Bone

by

Leigh Bardugo

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Ana Kuya was the strict, elderly housekeeper who ran Duke Keramsov’s estate and was in charge of managing the many orphans who lived on the estate. While it’s implied that she wasn’t the nicest to any of the children, she particularly disliked Alina. Mal and Alina reminisce about Ana Kuya often, and in their memories she’s a fierce adversary—but as adults, they also recognize that she was probably doing her best in a difficult situation. Alina also comes to realize that Ana Kuya was very snobby and went out of her way to make sure that the orphans in her care learned upper-class manners and conduct.

Ana Kuya Quotes in Shadow and Bone

The Shadow and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Ana Kuya or refer to Ana Kuya. 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:
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Dimly, I’d been aware that I still had a shard of the blue cup in my hand, that it was digging into my palm, but I didn’t want to let go.

When he finally set me down and ambled off to the kitchen to find his lunch, I had stood there, my palm dripping blood, my head still spinning, knowing that everything had changed.

Ana Kuya had scolded me for getting blood on the clean kitchen floor. She’d bandaged my hand and told me it would heal. But I knew it would just go on hurting.

Related Characters: Alina Starkov (speaker), Malyen “Mal” Oretsov, Ana Kuya, The Darkling
Page Number: 332
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ana Kuya Character Timeline in Shadow and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Ana Kuya appears in Shadow and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Before
Desperation, Leadership, and Corruption Theme Icon
Class and Privilege Theme Icon
...orphans there, and they quickly grow attached to each other. The servants and the housekeeper, Ana Kuya , dislike the girl in particular—she’s skinny, pale, and doesn’t eat much. The girl also... (full context)
Desperation, Leadership, and Corruption Theme Icon
Class and Privilege Theme Icon
...out and enter the house, the children slip into a gallery above the room where Ana Kuya receives guests. She’s speaking to the examiners, one dressed in crimson, one in bright purple,... (full context)
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
...special school, learn a lot, and have all the food and fine clothes they desire. Ana Kuya says this would be the best way to serve the King. The children exchange glances... (full context)
Chapter 1
Identity and Self-Knowledge Theme Icon
Conformity vs. Individuality Theme Icon
...been lost in his life. Mal admits that he’s nervous too. They discuss Keramzin and Ana Kuya , and then Mal grabs Alina’s hand. Tomorrow, he says, they’ll drink and watch the... (full context)
Chapter 12
Class and Privilege Theme Icon
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...the deer are fairy tales, he leads Alina outside to speak privately. Alina shares what Ana Kuya always said about the deer: they’re magical, white, appear at twilight, and can grant wishes... (full context)
Chapter 13
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Greed vs. Mercy Theme Icon
...Alina goes downstairs and joins Marie, Nadia, and Sergei at the banya, the public baths. Ana Kuya always called them barbaric, but Alina realizes now she was very snobby. After hours of... (full context)
Chapter 14
Class and Privilege Theme Icon
Gender, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
...hall. The Darkling pulls away. He says he must go, and Alina flushes with embarrassment: Ana Kuya would say she’s no better than a peasant girl with her skirts pulled up. The... (full context)