The Female Persuasion

by

Meg Wolitzer

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Cory Pinto Character Analysis

Greer Kadetsky’s high school sweetheart, Cory Pinto, is sensitive, family-oriented, and constantly in search of his sense of self. Although Cory and Greer had planned on attending Yale together, when Greer’s financial aid paperwork falls through, the whip-smart Cory accepts an offer to study at Princeton instead, attempting to lessen the blow Greer would feel if he attended her dream college without her. Cory is a caring boyfriend who comes from a loving family—his mother, Benedita, and his father, Duarte, are Portuguese immigrants who have done all they can to give Cory and his younger brother, Alby, the best of the American dream. When a terrible accident shatters Cory’s family—his mother accidentally runs over and kills the eight-year-old Alby—Cory abandons his lucrative consulting job in order to move home. Cory’s father returns to Portugal, unable to deal with the fact that his wife has killed his child, while Cory’s mother experiences grief so deep, it verges on psychosis. As Cory wrestles with his own pain, he experiments with drugs and casual sex. Over time, Cory learns to process his loss in healthy, productive ways and realizes that perhaps his brother’s death doesn’t have to be in vain. Believing that his experience with loss can help him to connect with others who have experienced similar pain, Cory begins developing a video game called SoulFinder. He eventually moves to New York, and once he secures investors and the game takes off, he reconnects with Greer.

Cory Pinto Quotes in The Female Persuasion

The The Female Persuasion quotes below are all either spoken by Cory Pinto or refer to Cory Pinto. 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 Riverhead Books edition of The Female Persuasion published in 2018.
Chapter 1  Quotes

Greer Kadetsky met Faith Frank in October of 2006 at Ryland College, where Faith had come to deliver the Edmund and Wilhelmina Ryland Memorial Lecture; and though that night the chapel was full of students, some of them boiling over with loudmouthed commentary, it seemed astonishing but true that out of everyone there, Greer was the one to interest Faith. Greer, a freshman then at this undistinguished school in southern Connecticut, was selectively and furiously shy. She could give answers easily, but rarely opinions. “Which makes no sense, because I am stuffed with opinions. I am a piñata of opinions,” she’d said to Cory during one of their nightly Skype sessions. She’d always been a tireless student and a constant reader, but she found it impossible to speak in the wild and free ways that other people did. For most of her life it hadn’t mattered, but now it did.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Faith Frank, Cory Pinto
Page Number: 3
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Chapter 14 Quotes

He took his little kit into the bathroom while she placed sheets on the mattress of the small foldout sofa. This was an era in which sofa beds were frequently opened and unfolded; at this age people were still floating, not entirely landed, still needing places to stay the night sometimes. They were doing what they could, crashing in other places, living extemporaneously. Soon enough, the pace would pick up, the solid matter of life would kick in. Soon enough, sofa beds would stay folded.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky, Cory Pinto
Related Symbols: Sofa Beds
Page Number: Book Page 435
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Cory Pinto Character Timeline in The Female Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Cory Pinto appears in The Female Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Faith. Greer is a shy but opinionated young woman, and often vents to her boyfriend, Cory, about the disconnect between her beliefs and her ability to share them aloud. (full context)
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...spent much of that time lonely and unhappy—unable to make friends, longing for her boyfriend, Cory, who attends Princeton, and feeling distinctly out of place. One night, she sits in her... (full context)
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...dorm in a daze. Over the next few days, Greer tells anyone who will listen—including Cory—about what happened to her at the party. Zee urges Greer to report Darren Tinzler to... (full context)
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...warning, Zee allows Greer to borrow the car and drive it to Princeton to visit Cory. It is February, and Zee and Greer are now very close friends—this is not the... (full context)
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At Princeton, Greer and Cory retreat to Cory’s messy dorm room and lay down on Cory’s bed. Greer asks how... (full context)
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...campus has become more welcoming as the year has gone on. Now, when she visits Cory at Princeton, she wonders what she is missing back on her own campus. She feels... (full context)
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...woman. Zee interrogates Greer about her desires, and Greer begins investigating what it is about Cory that attracts her. Ultimately, she decides that she can’t understand the intricacies of desire, and... (full context)
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In Cory’s bed at Princeton, Greer and Cory begin making out but are soon interrupted by Cory’s... (full context)
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When Cory Pinto showed up at school in the fourth grade, Greer was excited to finally have... (full context)
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Once, when Greer visited Cory’s house to work on a project, she was overwhelmed and upset by the differences between... (full context)
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By the time both of them were seventeen, Greer and Cory ran in different social circles and had little to do with one another, but they... (full context)
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Soon after that, Cory and Greer began a romantic and sexual relationship. After a few weeks, they were spending... (full context)
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Greer loved spending time at Cory’s house because it was warm and different from her own. In addition, Cory’s bright and... (full context)
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Back in Cory’s dorm room at Princeton, Greer considers her “newly adult life,” which, sparked in large part... (full context)
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Cory, meanwhile, is making plans with a few friends to develop a microfinance app after college—he... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Cory had been born Duarte Jr., but after his parents moved their family from Portugal to... (full context)
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One afternoon, during his senior year of high school, Cory played a game with his friends that involved rating their female classmates on an attractiveness... (full context)
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Cory and Greer planned to attend the same college. On the day that admissions decisions came... (full context)
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Greer and Cory parted ways tearfully at the end of the summer, and Cory headed off to Princeton.... (full context)
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Cory and the friends he has been planning on developing his app with decide that they... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...about the job and sends her resume out to different companies and nonprofits. One day, Cory announces disappointing news: the consulting firm that hired him, Armitage & Rist, wants him to... (full context)
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...from them and longs to leave home as soon as she can. As she and Cory adjust to the time difference between them, they miss one another deeply and continue to... (full context)
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...and dingy, but Greer is excited to have a place all to herself. Greer gives Cory a tour of the space via video chat and excitedly tells him that one day... (full context)
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...particularly connected to her coworkers, either, who are aloof and busy with their own tasks. Cory has been texting Greer and asking her to share anecdotes from her days, but Greer... (full context)
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...is confused to see that she has missed over fifty messages—almost all of them from Cory. (full context)
Chapter 6
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Cory Pinto is at the crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, crying as he shuffles... (full context)
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As Cory rushes to the gate, he recalls the phone call he received just a few hours... (full context)
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After receiving the call from his father, Cory began calling Greer, over and over, disheartened by his inability to get her to pick... (full context)
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Cory dressed and called a cab, and as he rode toward the airport, he reflected on... (full context)
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By the time Cory arrives in Macopee, Greer is already there waiting for him, along with several friends and... (full context)
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When Cory goes upstairs, his mother, Benedita, is in bed with all the shades closed. She can... (full context)
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...to her feet. The two of them are not speaking. Two days after the service, Cory’s father announces that he is going back to Lisbon. Cory tries to stop him, but... (full context)
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Greer comforts Cory and tells him that he can stay with her as long as he wants—she will... (full context)
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One morning, Benedita comes downstairs covered in scratch marks. She tells Cory that Alby’s spirit wants for her to “shed [her] skin.” Cory’s aunts and uncles decide... (full context)
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Cory has not been in Alby’s room since his brother’s death, but now that Cory has... (full context)
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Slowy is not in his box in the corner of the room, and Cory realizes with a sickening flash what Alby had been doing in the driveway on the... (full context)
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Cory calls his father to let him know that Alby’s death had not been Benedita’s fault—Alby... (full context)
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...been out of town for a year on a sabbatical and wants her house cleaned. Cory goes in his mother’s place to clean the house—the two of them need the money,... (full context)
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One day, Cory takes his mother to visit her sister and Cory’s cousin, Sab. Cory has always avoided... (full context)
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In the morning, after sleeping for over thirteen hours, Cory is awoken by a phone call from Greer. Greer still speaks softly and carefully to... (full context)
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Greer tells Cory that he’s been home for months now and needs to start thinking about picking his... (full context)
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Months after his brother’s death, Cory is still overwhelmed by grief. He cannot believe that his brother is truly gone and... (full context)
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Greer arrives in Macopee for a visit. Her trips are infrequent, and Cory has noticed that when Greer is around, his mother seems even more agitated and isolated... (full context)
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Greer asks Cory what she’s doing wrong—whether her calls and texts aren’t enough and if he wants her... (full context)
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At the restaurant, Cory and Greer are served by one of their former classmates, Kristin Vells. Kristin asks Cory... (full context)
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Greer, exhausted and unhappy, tells Cory that she can’t continue their conversation any longer. She offers to drop him off at... (full context)
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...connection over the last four years, especially when Greer was suffering through her breakup with Cory. (full context)
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Now, Greer and Cory speak only intermittently, and every time she goes home, she is only able to see... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...an activist for years while Greer was at home, “reading books and having sex” with Cory. Zee confesses that early on in college, she wanted to help Greer because she thought... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...stand back and let Greer carve her own path, especially when she got together with Cory. Laurel tells Greer that she always saw the two of them as “twin rocket ships,”... (full context)
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As Greer and Laurel pull up to the house, Greer sees Cory through the car window. She thinks that he looks different—like a “young suburban dad.” Greer... (full context)
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At the pizza parlor, Greer tells Cory that she quit her job but doesn’t go into any details. She asks Cory what’s... (full context)
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Greer tells Cory that if he ever comes to the city, he can stay with her in Brooklyn... (full context)
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...sensing that their daughter does not want to be alone. Now, they ask Greer how Cory’s doing, and she tells them—rather dismissively—that he’s cleaning houses and living with his mother. Laurel... (full context)
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Over the years, Cory Pinto has begun coming up with an idea for a new kind of video game.... (full context)
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Cory has been able to move on from Alby’s death in many ways—he has a stable... (full context)
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Cory finds himself calibrating his attempts at a social life against his responsibilities at home. He... (full context)
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Now, Cory spends much of his time teaching himself computer repair and game design as a means... (full context)
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At the meeting, Cory’s friend pitches the investor a game set in 1692 Salem. The investor doesn’t like the... (full context)
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The investor notes that Cory’s idea has an immersive-theater quality and invites him to come to New York to see... (full context)
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One morning, as Cory is about to head out to clean houses, Benedita meets him in the kitchen, dressed... (full context)
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After that day, Cory’s mother wants to come along with him more often, and he realizes that she is... (full context)
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Cory goes back to see his mother’s social worker to process what Cory has been going... (full context)
Chapter 14
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One afternoon, Cory calls Greer and asks if her offer to let him stay on her sofa bed... (full context)
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Cory congratulates Greer on her speech and reveals that he watched it online. Greer sadly tells... (full context)
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Greer sets up the sofa bed for Cory while he brushes his teeth in the bathroom, ruminating on how she and her friends... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Greer is now married to Cory, and they have a baby named Emilia. Greer experiences intermittent moments of doubt in which... (full context)
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...her desire to investigate the world around her. Kay frequently asks to borrow books from Cory and Greer’s library and devours the tomes Greer gives her with glee and studiousness. (full context)
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Greer and Cory return to their home in a fancy neighborhood in Brooklyn. They have had an influx... (full context)
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...from her life. She wishes that she could tell Faith know about her marriage with Cory, Zee’s marriage with Noelle, Emilia’s birth, and Greer’s own exhaustion in the face of success.... (full context)
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...is not so, but one can never know this when just starting out. Greer imagines Cory, back in his mother’s house in the wake of Alby’s death, sitting on the edge... (full context)