The Bear Came Over the Mountain

by

Alice Munro

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Colleague Character Analysis

Grant’s colleague, who remains unnamed, is the person to whom he shows the letter from his ex-lover’s roommate. While Grant recollects his colleague as “among the first to throw away their neckties and leave home to spend every night on a floor mattress with a bewitching young mistress-coming to their offices, their classes, bedraggled and smelling of dope and incense,” he dreams of this colleague reprimanding him for his own affair with a student.

Colleague Quotes in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The The Bear Came Over the Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Colleague or refer to Colleague. 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 Penguin Random House edition of The Bear Came Over the Mountain published in 2014.
The Bear Came Over the Mountain Quotes

Just in time, Grant was able to think, when the sense of injustice had worn down. The feminists and perhaps the sad silly girl herself and his cowardly so-called friends had pushed him out just in time. Out of a life that was in fact getting to be more trouble than it was worth. And that might eventually have cost him Fiona.

Related Characters: Grant, Fiona, The Girl, Colleague
Page Number: 277
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Colleague Character Timeline in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Colleague appears in The Bear Came Over the Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...a girl with whom he once had an affair. He shows this letter to a colleague, who reacts with consternation, advising Grant to prepare Fiona. In the dream, Grant then enters... (full context)
Love, Fidelity, and Marriage Theme Icon
Gender and Power Theme Icon
Class, Practicality, and Humor Theme Icon
...and what was a part of his dream. While he did not really consult his colleague, he did receive such a letter (as well as the word “rat” written on his... (full context)