The Bear Came Over the Mountain

by

Alice Munro

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Kristy Character Analysis

Kristy is the main nurse with whom Grant has contact regarding Fiona’s care at Meadowlake. Grant describes Kristy as young and heavy, not paying much attention to her physical appearance except for her hair, which is “blonde and voluminous.” Kristy is unfazed by the variations in Fiona’s health and wellbeing, nor by Fiona and Aubrey’s relationship; she refers to her patients as a collective “them” or “they” with similar behaviors and preferences.

Kristy Quotes in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The The Bear Came Over the Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Kristy or refer to Kristy. 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 a heavy young woman who looked as if she had given up on her looks in every department except her hair. That was blond and voluminous. All the puffed-up luxury of a cocktail waitress’s style, or a stripper’s, on top of such a workaday face and body.

Related Characters: Grant, Kristy
Page Number: 278
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Kristy Character Timeline in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Kristy 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 speaks most frequently with a nurse named Kristy. Kristy lets him know that Fiona catches a cold, comparing this incident to “kids at... (full context)
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...of the first meeting with a new lover. He buys Fiona an ostentatious bouquet, which Kristy, the nurse, notes he must have “spent a fortune on” when he arrives. Grant assesses... (full context)
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Kristy shows Grant to Fiona’s room, which is devoid of personal décor. Fiona is not there,... (full context)
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Grant speaks to Kristy, who brushes this relationship off as normal, saying that many new patients form these kind... (full context)
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Grant continues to visit, but Fiona simply treats him with polite distance. Grant learns from Kristy that Aubrey does not have dementia, but rather got sick on holiday and went into... (full context)
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...which Grant had not heard her use before, and asks Grant to intervene. Grant asks Kristy if he should stay. Kristy asks, “What for? She’s not sick, you know.” When Grant... (full context)
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Although Kristy says that Fiona will recover from her grief, she does not, refusing to eat or... (full context)