The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Medicine Woman Character Analysis

The medicine woman is a friend of Beatrice’s in the Saxon town where she and Axl stay in on the first night of their journey. Beatrice goes to the medicine woman to ask about a pain she’s having in her side, but the medicine woman tells her it’s just a ache associated with aging. Although this explanation seems reasonable, neither Beatrice nor Axl are very comforted by it and choose to go see Father Jonus shortly thereafter.
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The Medicine Woman Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

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Chapter 3
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...somewhere else, but Beatrice disagrees because it’s nearly dark and she wants to see a medicine woman in the village about a discomfort in her side she’s been experiencing. Axl is worried,... (full context)
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...still” in the village, which is usually busy and lively. Beatrice decides to go to the medicine woman before going to the inn. Stepping into what appears to be a village square, they... (full context)
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Beatrice finds the medicine woman and they talk together in the Saxon language (which Axl can’t understand) for a while... (full context)
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The medicine woman tells Beatrice that she and Axl need to go straight to the longhouse (an inn)... (full context)
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Axl asks Beatrice if she received an answer from the medicine woman about her pains. Beatrice tells him that the medicine woman told her the discomfort was... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...conversation between Jonus and Wistan, Beatrice tells Jonus about her conversation about the mist with the medicine woman . She asks Jonus if either he or Wistan knows where the mist comes from... (full context)