The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Father Jonus is a wise monk who is famous in England for his intelligence and ability to make medicines that heal all kinds of illnesses and injuries. He lives in a monastery on a mountain, and Axl, Beatrice, Edwin, and Wistan decide to go there so Beatrice can ask Father Jonus for a cure to a pain she has in her side. Father Brian, who is in charge of the monastery, shows obvious reluctance to bring the group to Father Jonus, so another monk, Father Ninian, sneaks them into Jonus’s chamber, where they discover that Jonus has been subjected to a form of torture where a monk is put in a special device to protect his face and then left outside for the birds to attack. Although he is badly hurt and cannot leave his bed, Father Jonus examines Edwin’s dragon bite and Beatrice’s pain, giving them both medicine to help them. Father Jonus knows that Father Brian plans on betraying Axl, Beatrice, Wistan, and Edwin, so he gets Father Ninian to find Sir Gawain and enlist him to help defend Axl and Beatrice from the mysterious monster in the tunnels beneath the monastery.

Father Jonus Quotes in The Buried Giant

The The Buried Giant quotes below are all either spoken by Father Jonus or refer to Father Jonus. 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 Vintage edition of The Buried Giant published in 2015.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“How can you describe as penance, sir, the drawing of a veil over the foulest deeds? Is your Christian god one to be bribed so easily with self-inflicted pain and a few prayers? Does he care so little for justice left undone?”

“Our god is a god of mercy, shepherd, whom you, a pagan, may find hard to comprehend. It’s no foolishness to seek forgiveness from such a god, however great the crime. Our god’s mercy is boundless.”

“What use is a god with boundless mercy, sir? You mock me as a pagan, yet the gods of my ancestors pronounce clearly their ways and punish severely when we break their laws. Your Christian god of mercy gives men licence to pursue their greed, their lust for land and blood, knowing a few prayers and a little penance will bring forgiveness and blessing.”

Related Characters: Wistan (speaker), Father Jonus (speaker)
Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:

“Yet are you so certain, good mistress, you wish to be free of this mist? Is it not better some things remain hidden from our minds?”

“It may be so for some, father, but not for us. Axl and I wish to have again the happy moments we shared together. To be robbed of them is as if a thief came in the night and took what’s most precious from us.”

“Yet the mist covers all memories, the bad as well as the good. Isn’t that so, mistress?”

“We’ll have the bad ones come back too, even if they make us weep or shake with anger. For isn’t it the life we’ve shared?”

Related Characters: Beatrice (speaker), Father Jonus (speaker), Axl
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 157
Explanation and Analysis:
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Father Jonus Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Father Jonus appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...woman that night. Beatrice tells him that the medicine woman mentioned a wise monk named Jonus in a monastery nearby who helps a lot of people from the village. Axl says... (full context)
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...their plan to find their son’s village and to take a detour to meet Father Jonus. Ivor observes that the path to the monastery is in “Querig country,” which somewhat startles... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...at the birds was gone, Beatrice asked Father Brian if she could meet with Father Jonus to ask his advice soon. Father Brian told her that Father Jonus was unwell and... (full context)
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...why the warrior is so intent on working so late at night, especially after Father Jonus told him not to do it anymore. Axl had believed that the woodcutting was just... (full context)
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...There is a monk in the bed suffering from numerous injuries, who introduces himself as Jonus, and the silent monk as Ninian. Beatrice asks him how he got his injuries, but... (full context)
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Jonus asks Edwin to come forward, but Wistan doesn’t let him even though Beatrice says he... (full context)
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Interested in the conversation between Jonus and Wistan, Beatrice tells Jonus about her conversation about the mist with the medicine woman.... (full context)
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...he and Beatrice were told the cause of the mist, but he is unable to. Jonus asks Beatrice questions about her pain and where it started, eventually telling her that she’ll... (full context)
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...had fallen asleep. He notices the sound of Wistan’s woodcutting has stopped. Axl thinks about Jonus’s questions about Beatrice’s pain, but realizes that the questions Beatrice is really afraid of are... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...him if his “brother’s wounds seemed not to be mortal.” The monk says that Father Jonus said they’re not. Edwin knows this means Wistan “could not be so badly hurt.” According... (full context)
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...when he met the monk, who cheerfully announced that he’d be Edwin’s guide, near Father Jonus’s cell. On the way, the monk tells Edwin about the soldiers that came and how... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...a cart of hay and then being cared for by “gentle monks loyal to Father Jonus,” but not much else. (full context)