The Bear Came Over the Mountain

by

Alice Munro

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Jacqui Adams Character Analysis

Jacqui Adams is the first woman with whom Grant has an affair. She is middle-aged, already married, and enrolled in one of his courses at the university as part of a larger new wave of married women looking to “enrich their lives” through additional education. Grant remembers himself as choosing Jacqui as one option among many willing women. To his mind, Jacqui was the opposite of Fiona, in both physical appearance and personality. Their affair lasts for a year until Jacqui’s husband is transferred to a different location. Jacqui shakes when saying goodbye to Grant and writes him letters after she leaves, but Grant does not write back, looking down on the letters for their histrionic tone, and quickly gets involved with a young student.

Jacqui Adams Quotes in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The The Bear Came Over the Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Jacqui Adams or refer to Jacqui Adams. 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

She was the opposite of Fiona—short, cushiony, dark-eyed, effusive. A stranger to irony. The affair lasted for a year, until her husband was transferred. When they were saying goodbye in her car, she began to shake uncontrollably. It was as if she had hypothermia. She wrote to him a few times, but he found the tone of her letters overwrought and could not decide how to answer.

Related Characters: Grant, Fiona, Jacqui Adams
Page Number: 290
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Jacqui Adams Character Timeline in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Jacqui Adams 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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Grant’s first lover, one of these women, is named Jacqui Adams. She is the opposite of Fiona in both appearance and personality. Their affair lasts... (full context)
Love, Fidelity, and Marriage Theme Icon
Memory, Aging, and Identity Theme Icon
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...him that she has “quit quitting.” Grant remembers quitting when he started his affair with Jacqui. He wonders if Marian has so many wrinkles because she smokes, musing on the contrast... (full context)