The Female Persuasion

by

Meg Wolitzer

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Greer Kadetsky Character Analysis

Greer Kadetsky is the novel’s intelligent, sensitive, and ambitious protagonist and Cory Pinto’s girlfriend. Raised by ex-hippie parents, Greer longs for a likeminded community and believes she will find it at a prestigious university. Although she is accepted to Yale, Greer is forced to accept a full-ride scholarship from her safety school, Ryland College. After being sexually assaulted during her first week of college, Greer discovers the world of feminist thought. When her radical activist friend, Zee Eisenstat, drags Greer along to a lecture given by the feminist icon Faith Frank, Greer is transfixed by Faith and her message. After graduation, Greer is offered a position at Faith’s women’s organization, Loci. Although Zee also wants a job at Loci and asks Greer to deliver a letter to Faith for her, Greer doesn’t want to “share” Faith and discards the letter. However, Greer soon realizes that Loci is laden with corruption and hypocrisy. When she brings her concerns to Faith, Faith is more exhausted than enraged and urges Greer to keep quiet. When Greer quits, Faith points out Greer’s own hypocrisy: she calls herself an advocate for women but refused to help her friend Zee in her time of need. Devastated but not undeterred, Greer goes on to publish her own feminist text, rekindle her relationship with Cory, and enjoy success as a feminist icon just like Faith. As the novel closes, Greer wonders dubiously about the nature of sociopolitical power, influence, and activism, wondering who will one day take the torch from her and do more for women than she has.

Greer Kadetsky Quotes in The Female Persuasion

The The Female Persuasion quotes below are all either spoken by Greer Kadetsky or refer to Greer Kadetsky. 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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Soon the other girls rallied and came forward, and while the college initially tried to avoid any kind of public airing, under pressure officials agreed to hold a disciplinary hearing. It took place in a biology lab in the pale, leaking light of a Friday afternoon, when everyone was already thinking about the weekend ahead. Greer, when it was her turn to speak, stood in front of a glossy black table lined with Bunsen burners, and half-whispered what Darren Tinzler had said and done to her that night at the party. She was sure she had a fever from testifying, a wild and inflamed fever. Scarlet fever, maybe.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Darren Tinzler
Page Number: 21
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“She’s probably one of those women who hates women,” said Zee. “A total cunt.” Then she began to sing her own version of a song from a musical that her parents used to like: “Women… women who hate women… are the cuntiest women… in the world…”

Greer said, “That’s terrible! You shouldn’t say cunt.”

“Oh, come on,” Zee went on. “I can say what I want. That’s having agency.”

“You shouldn’t say agency,” said Greer. “That’s worse.”

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Zee Eisenstat (speaker)
Page Number: 22
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Then, beside her, in the pew, Zee’s arm went up too. Of course she had a real question, a political one; she probably even had follow-ups. Faith nodded her head in their direction. At first it was unclear which of them she was calling on. But then she saw Faith seem to zero in on her, specifically her, Greer, and Greer looked quizzically at Zee, making sure she was reading this right. Zee gave her a quick, affirmative nod, as if to say: Yes. This is yours. Zee even smiled, wanting Greer to have it.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Zee Eisenstat (speaker), Faith Frank
Page Number: 34
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Greer got busy cutting a perfect cube and then spearing it. To eat meat when you hated it and when you hadn’t eaten it for four years was an aberration, nearly a form of cannibalism. But also, she told herself, it was an act of love. In eating this, she was being someone Faith would want to continue to confide in and listen to and rely on; someone she would want to cook meat for […] Goodbye, cow, she thought, picturing the distant green blur of a meadow. She swallowed hard and forced herself not to cough it up. The steak went down and stayed down.

“Yum,” Greer said.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Faith Frank
Page Number: 175-176
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Chapter 7 Quotes

When they lay down upon the narrow mattress that Zee had purchased at a garage sale upon moving here […] she couldn’t help but think a little bit about power: who had it right now […] Power was hard to understand sometimes. You could not quantify it or calibrate it. You could barely see it, even when you were looking straight at it.

“That’s what everyone was talking about at the first Loci summit,” Greer had said recently on the phone when the subject came up. “The meaning and uses of power […] Everyone who was there said that it was clear that it’s a topic we’re going to return to because no one can get enough of it. It excites everyone. Power! […]”

To live in a world of female power—mutual power—felt like a desirable dream to Zee. Having power meant that the world was like a pasture with the gate left open, and that there was nothing stopping you, and you could run and run.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Zee Eisenstat (speaker), Noelle
Page Number: 261
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Chapter 8 Quotes

The day after Greer Kadetsky had fallen asleep at work and then expressed her work frustrations, Faith had called a meeting in the conference room. They had all sat around the table and she listened as one by one they told her why they had originally come to Loci, and why it felt different there now. They told her about their worries that the summits were elitist, that there was a kind of feel-good feminism in the air.

“I recognize that feminism can’t only be ‘feel-bad,’” said one of the newer hires, “but there’s too much of an emphasis on how everything feels, and less on what it does.”

Related Characters: Faith Frank (speaker), Greer Kadetsky
Page Number: 314-315
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Greer wondered why Faith was giving her this gig. She remembered something Faith had said to the team once, early on: “Men give women the power that they themselves don’t want.” She’d meant power to run the home, to deal with the children, to make all decisions about the domestic realm. So maybe Faith, like one of those men, was giving Greer something she didn’t particularly want. Maybe Faith had no interest in giving this speech, and so that was why she was giving it to Greer—passing the power on to her in order to get rid of it.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Faith Frank
Page Number: 325-326
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Now Faith appeared like some foil-headed Martian, taking calmly about staying on at the foundation under the aegis of ShraderCapital, which had no problem pretending it was overseeing a nonexistent charity on another continent. “Maybe it’s not moral to keep working for ShraderCapital,” Greer said, actually lifting her chin slightly higher.”

“You think this is just about them?” said Faith. “Don’t you think I’ve had to make compromises before? My whole working life has been about compromise. I didn’t have access to real money until Loci, so I’d never seen it on a big scale. But it happens. All the people who work for good causes will tell you this. For every dollar that’s donated to women’s health in the developing world, for instance, ten cents is pocketed by some corrupt person, and another ten cents no one has any idea what happens to it. Everyone knows, when they start out, that the donation is really only eighty cents. But everyone calls it a dollar because it’s what’s done.”

“And that’s acceptable to you?”

Faith took a second. “I always weigh it,” she said. “Like with Ecuador. I’m ashamed of what happened. But those young women are free. I have to weight that too, don’t I? That’s what it’s about, this life. The weighing.”

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Faith Frank (speaker)
Page Number: 325-326
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“These are not shy-person actions, Greer, I’m just saying. They’re something else. Sneaky, maybe.” Coldly, Zee added, “You really know how to act in the face of power. I’ve never put that together before, but it’s true […] You went to work for Faith Frank, the role model, the feminist, and I didn’t. But you know what? I think there are two kinds of feminists. The famous ones, and everyone else. Everyone else, all the people who just quietly go and do what they’re supposed to do, and don’t get a lot of credit for it, and don’t have someone out there every day telling them they’re doing an awesome job. I don’t have a mentor, Greer, and I’ve never had one. But I’ve had different women in my life who I like to be around […] I don’t need their approval. I don’t need their permission. You want to know how often I think about the fact that I didn’t get to work for Faith Frank? Almost never.”

Related Characters: Zee Eisenstat (speaker), Greer Kadetsky, Faith Frank
Page Number: 367-368
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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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Chapter 15 Quotes

Kay wandered around, curious, excited, flipping through the different books on the shelves, finding ones that Greer hadn't lent her but which looked good, then eating from Greer's stash of cashews, swiping a couple of Greer's multivitamins from the big amber bottle on the kitchen counter, as if they might give her the energy, power, and stature that she would need, going forward. Kay went into the den and looked at the soft easy chair there, the reading lamp angled beside it. Sit in the chair, Kay, Greer thought. Lean back and close your eyes. Imagine being me. It's not so great, but imagine it anyway. At Loci, they had all talked loftily about power, creating summits around it as though it was a quantifiable thing that would last forever. But it wouldn't, and you didn't know that when you were just starting out. Greer thought of Cory sitting in his brother's bedroom, far from anything having to do with power, taking Slowy out of his box and placing him nearby on the blue carpet. Slowy blinking, moving an arm, craning his head forward. Power eventually slid away, Greer thought. People did what they could, as powerfully as they could, until they couldn't do it anymore. There wasn't much time. In the end, she thought, the turtle might outlive them all.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Kay Chung
Related Symbols: Slowy the Turtle
Page Number: 454
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Greer Kadetsky Character Timeline in The Female Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Greer Kadetsky appears in The Female Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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It is October of 2006, and Greer Kadetsky is a freshman at the “undistinguished” Ryland College in Southern Connecticut. She is about... (full context)
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Greer, looking back on this time in her life, wonders why Faith Frank “recognized and liked”... (full context)
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Greer has been at Ryland College for seven weeks. She has spent much of that time... (full context)
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...moment, a girl walks past the common room—she has a “Joan of Arc aesthetic,” and Greer can tell that the girl is gay. The girl announces to the room of misfits... (full context)
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...which consists mainly of art students, a girl named Chloe offers to bring Zee and Greer with her to a fraternity party. The girls accept. At the frat house, Greer becomes... (full context)
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Greer is stunned, but no one around her seems to have noticed what just happened. Panicked... (full context)
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As the weeks go by, Greer hears about at least six other women who have been harassed or assaulted by Darren... (full context)
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...head of the disciplinary committee is probably “one of those women who hates women,” but Greer urges Zee not to indict another woman out of anger toward Tinzler. Anger is “hard... (full context)
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Greer and Zee order a bulk supply of t-shirts and spend a long night in their... (full context)
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Zee sees an announcement for Faith’s lecture in the college’s weekly newspaper and encourages Greer to come along, even though Faith “represents [a] kind of outdated idea of feminism.” Despite... (full context)
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In anticipation of the event, Greer looks Faith Frank up on the internet. Greer learns that Faith founded the feminist magazine,... (full context)
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Greer and Zee arrive at the chapel where Faith is speaking. The venue is packed, and... (full context)
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Greer finds herself “taken in completely” and wanting more of Faith—listening to Faith speak, Greer thinks,... (full context)
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Greer timidly stands up and asks Faith a broad, emotional question. Greer wants to know what... (full context)
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When the girls enter the bathroom, Faith is already in a stall. Zee and Greer each head into a stall on either side of her and wait for her to... (full context)
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Greer feels that her moment with Faith is about to end, knowing that Zee will come... (full context)
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...shakes Zee’s hand and wishes both of the girls good luck. Before leaving, she encourages Greer to move on from the sexual assault case, saying that there is “lots to be... (full context)
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Greer holds the card in her hand, feeling as if she has just won a lottery... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...have instructed her not to let anyone else drive it. Ignoring their warning, Zee allows Greer to borrow the car and drive it to Princeton to visit Cory. It is February,... (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... (full context)
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Though Greer is still uneasy about being at Ryland, the campus has become more welcoming as the... (full context)
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Greer has been spending lots of time with Zee, but also with Kelvin Yang and his... (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 roommate. As the two... (full context)
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Greer had an isolating childhood; her parents, longtime hippies who took odd jobs and sold protein... (full context)
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When Cory Pinto showed up at school in the fourth grade, Greer was excited to finally have a classmate as passionate about learning and reading as she... (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... (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,... (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 all of... (full context)
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Greer loved spending time at Cory’s house because it was warm and different from her own.... (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 by Faith Frank, is beginning... (full context)
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Over the next couple of years, Greer notices that her peers begin to talk about jobs and the future rather than classes,... (full context)
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...making plans with a few friends to develop a microfinance app after college—he excitedly tells Greer about it, and she begins to imagine their lives together. The two of them discuss... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...on an attractiveness scale of 1 to 10. Cory was proud of himself for defending Greer Kadetsky, whom his classmates were ready to label as a “6,” but whom Cory insisted... (full context)
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Cory and Greer planned to attend the same college. On the day that admissions decisions came out, Greer... (full context)
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Greer and Cory parted ways tearfully at the end of the summer, and Cory headed off... (full context)
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...firm, and they offer him a cushy job in New York City. When Cory tells Greer the news over video chat, she is excited for him and tells him coyly that... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Greer has come down to New York City by bus to interview with Faith Frank for... (full context)
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When Greer rings the bell at Bloomer’s office, no one answers. She reflects on the recent weeks... (full context)
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Faith gathers her staff around her and gives a speech, while the stunned Greer looks on. Faith congratulates her fellow editors for all their hard work and urges them... (full context)
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That night, Greer writes Faith an email, thanking her for her tireless work at Bloomer and lamenting the... (full context)
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Greer and Zee pack up their dorm room, sad to leave college and disappointed by the... (full context)
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Greer, meanwhile, heads home to Macopee and takes a job at the local roller rink while... (full context)
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Late one night, Greer receives an email from Faith Frank. Apologizing for not having written back sooner, Faith thanks... (full context)
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Three days later, Greer returns to New York for an interview with Faith. At a midtown skyscraper, Greer meets... (full context)
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Faith goes on to tell Greer that she does what she can in the name of women’s issues. She knows that... (full context)
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Faith tells Greer that the foundation will be called Loci, and that they’ll need to assemble a team... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Zee helps Greer to move into a small studio apartment in Brooklyn. The apartment is tiny and dingy,... (full context)
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A few nights later, Zee comes back to Brooklyn to meet Greer for a drink. Both girls are starting their new jobs the next day. Zee praises... (full context)
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...could both work for Faith and share in such an exciting and meaningful job. Meanwhile, Greer realizes that although she can envision herself giving the letter to Faith and recommending Zee... (full context)
Chapter 5
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During her first few weeks at Loci, Greer proves herself to be an eager and enthusiastic employee—though she soon realizes that there are... (full context)
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Greer has come to realize how seductive Faith is to everyone around her—employees included—and how this... (full context)
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One afternoon, Faith approaches Greer’s cubicle, and asks Greer to stop by her office later. Greer worries that she has... (full context)
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Faith tells Greer that she’ll take a look at the blogs but reminds Greer that she is not... (full context)
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By Friday evening, Greer still hasn’t delivered the letter. As the day winds down, she hears her coworkers discussing... (full context)
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Emmett approaches Greer and asks her “which one” she is. Greer is excited by Shrader’s presence because he... (full context)
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Greer agrees that Faith is “wonderful.” Emmett asks Greer if she’s a “Faith Frank groupie,” and... (full context)
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Emmett asks Greer why she isn’t out with all of her coworkers, and Greer self-pityingly explains that no... (full context)
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At the bar, Greer slips into a booth with her colleagues, and they offer to get her a drink... (full context)
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As the conversation shifts to feminism and misogyny, Greer listens to her coworkers’ playful banter and finds herself wishing that Zee were here with... (full context)
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Greer is amazed by the way Faith is able to “maneuver her way along the table... (full context)
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Greer asks Faith if withholding the letter, even now that she has told Faith about it,... (full context)
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...experienced justice. None of these women are used to public speaking, however, and Faith wants Greer to write speeches for them. Greer is thrilled that she has found a way to... (full context)
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By Monday, Greer has forgotten about Zee’s letter almost entirely, and Faith does not mention it. Several days... (full context)
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The next day at work, Greer finds a folder on her desk containing printouts about all of the women who are... (full context)
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...the first speaker shares her story at the first media party (reciting the speech that Greer wrote for her), Faith comes up to Greer and tells her she has “nailed it.”... (full context)
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...to spring, things at Loci ramp up in preparation for the first major summit. Though Greer is exhausted, she has finally gotten what she wants—she is busy and useful. Faith believes... (full context)
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...whole Loci group takes the same train up to Faith’s vacation house. When they arrive, Greer is mesmerized by the beautiful house and is surprised to find that she will be... (full context)
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...be her sous chef as she prepares dinner. Everyone raises their hand, but Faith selects Greer, who notes that if Faith had asked her to solve a mathematical theorem, Greer would... (full context)
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...in the 1960s and 1970s, politics will soon shift again toward ignorance of women’s issues. Greer listens to all of this, drinking wine and chopping onions, and soon realizes that she... (full context)
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Greer is mortified, but Faith quickly attends to her, applying pressure to the wound and then... (full context)
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...has a problem eating meat and invites her employees to speak up if they do. Greer is silent, and when dinner is served, she dutifully cuts into her rare piece of... (full context)
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On the train platform the next morning, Greer, who has been without cell phone service at Faith’s house, turns on her phone. She... (full context)
Chapter 6
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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 up the phone.... (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 family members. Greer embraces... (full context)
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Greer comforts Cory and tells him that he can stay with her as long as he... (full context)
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...needs constant supervision, but none of them can stay in Macopee much longer, and even Greer needs to return to New York soon. Cory, then, decides to stick around his hometown... (full context)
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...morning, after sleeping for over thirteen hours, Cory is awoken by a phone call from Greer. Greer still speaks softly and carefully to Cory, skirting around his grief in a way... (full context)
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Greer tells Cory that he’s been home for months now and needs to start thinking about... (full context)
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Greer arrives in Macopee for a visit. Her trips are infrequent, and Cory has noticed that... (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... (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 if he’s... (full context)
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Greer, exhausted and unhappy, tells Cory that she can’t continue their conversation any longer. She offers... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...is a kind of preamble to her real life, and she knows that just as Greer has found an exciting, engaging, and fulfilling career path, Zee will find her own path... (full context)
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Zee was bummed, but not miserable, when Greer said that Faith had read Zee’s letter but claimed that there were no available positions... (full context)
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Zee only told Greer about her discovery of the unfair, cruel article, and though Zee tried to move on... (full context)
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...They threaten her and fight with one another, and when Zee relays these stories to Greer, Greer urges her to quit. Zee, however, knows she can’t abandon her students—they have been... (full context)
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...since power is hard to see, quantify, or calibrate. Zee recalls a phone conversation with Greer about one of the Loci summits, which was on the topic of power. “It excites... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Faith recalls a morning when she found Greer Kadetsky sleeping at her desk and asked her to come into her own office. Greer... (full context)
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...massage table, Faith is struck by the idea to turn the keynote speech over to Greer Kadetsky—to let her write it and deliver it at the summit in Los Angeles. Faith... (full context)
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Faith recalls supporting Greer over the years, as Greer dealt with the emotional fallout of her boyfriend’s brother’s death.... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...readings in a corner of the room. The audience is wealthy, progressive, and well dressed. Greer and the speaker from Ecuador, Lupe Izurieta, stand together off to the side, watching the... (full context)
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Greer communicates with Lupe in mediocre Spanish, asking if she wants anything to eat. Lupe is... (full context)
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Now, Greer and Cory speak only intermittently, and every time she goes home, she is only able... (full context)
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Greer walks out onto the large stage, nervous and quivering. She begins her speech, thanking Faith... (full context)
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Lupe stands at the podium and begins to read slowly and carefully in Spanish, while Greer translates her words into English. Lupe speaks gratefully about the mentorship program and explains that... (full context)
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After the summit, Greer and Lupe return to their connected rooms at a nearby hotel. Greer knocks on Lupe’s... (full context)
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...ever been on, after the flight from Quito to New York and New York to LA—Greer notices how nervous and upset Lupe seems. Greer, seeing the gifted wool and knitting needles... (full context)
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Greer meets Kim for coffee the following morning. Kim tells Greer that someone sent her a... (full context)
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Greer doesn’t believe Kim, but Kim insists she is telling the truth. She tells Greer that... (full context)
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Overwhelmed, Greer closes her eyes. She asks Kim how Lupe would have been able to give her... (full context)
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Half an hour later, when Greer gets to work, she heads straight to Faith’s office and asks if they can speak... (full context)
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When Greer arrives at the salon, she is led back to a screened VIP area, where Faith... (full context)
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Faith asks if the rescue, at least, was real, and Greer tells her that it was. Faith is disappointed and angry, and she expresses her disbelief... (full context)
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Greer suggests breaking with ShraderCapital, but Faith points out that doing so would cut off funds... (full context)
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Greer asks if Faith plans to just go back to work and act like nothing has... (full context)
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Greer asks once more if Faith is going to just keep working for ShraderCapital. Growing agitated,... (full context)
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Faith asks Greer to keep believing in what they are doing at Loci and to help her “keep... (full context)
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When Greer and Faith arrive back at Loci, Faith heads to her office, and Greer follows her.... (full context)
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As Greer heads out of Faith’s office, she realizes that everyone else is staring at her. When... (full context)
Chapter 10
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One day, Greer calls, and announces that she has quit her job. She tells Zee that things with... (full context)
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The next day, Greer rings the bell at Zee’s apartment, and Zee lets her in. Zee is prepared to... (full context)
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At the end of the story, however, Greer is still visibly tense and upset, and confesses that there is “something else” she has... (full context)
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Greer continues apologizing and laments the fact that for all her possessiveness about Loci, the foundation... (full context)
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Allowing Greer to sit in her own shame, Zee reflects on how she had gotten over her... (full context)
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Zee suddenly feels exhausted by her friendship with Greer and wishes that Greer was not staying on Zee’s sofa bed for the weekend. Greer... (full context)
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Instead, Zee tells Greer that she could have just confessed all those years ago that she wasn’t comfortable with... (full context)
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Zee confesses that she felt jealous of Greer when Faith showed more interest in Greer in the bathroom after the lecture, because Zee... (full context)
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Zee tells Greer that she is perfectly happy with her life and feels confident that she is the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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After promptly leaving Zee’s apartment, Greer sits in the Chicago airport, waiting for a plane. She calls her mother and confesses... (full context)
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Back in Macopee, Greer accompanies her mother to one of her shows at a local library—Greer has never seen... (full context)
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In the car after the performance, Greer asks her mother why she never did her routine for her as a child. Laurel... (full context)
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Laurel asks Greer what happened in New York, and Greer confesses everything. She says she was humiliated by... (full context)
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As Greer and Laurel pull up to the house, Greer sees Cory through the car window. She... (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... (full context)
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Greer tells Cory that if he ever comes to the city, he can stay with her... (full context)
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A few days later, it is Greer’s last night in town. Her parents have eaten with her every night during her visit,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...that meeting and never told Faith what was going on. Now, Faith tells Emmett that Greer Kadetsky was contacted by a whistleblower who revealed the truth about the mentorship program, and... (full context)
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...asks Faith to confirm that no one knows anything about the mentorship program other than Greer Kadetsky and asks Faith to reassure him that Greer won’t say something. Faith laments having... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...online gaming community. When he visits his friends’ Northampton apartments, he often finds himself missing Greer, though he admits that now, after so many years apart, he would not know how... (full context)
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...New York to see a production that might give him even more inspiration. Cory remembers Greer’s invitation and wonders if she would let him stay on her sofa bed. Cory is... (full context)
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...Cory has been going through, and as they talk, he realizes how deeply he misses Greer. He has lost her, too, but in a more “ordinary” way than he has lost... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Greer, freshly unemployed, spends her days wandering Brooklyn and focusing on her first love: reading. She... (full context)
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Cory congratulates Greer on her speech and reveals that he watched it online. Greer sadly tells him that... (full context)
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Greer sets up the sofa bed for Cory while he brushes his teeth in the bathroom,... (full context)
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Greer Kadetsky is at a big party, discussing “the big terribleness” that has just happened to... (full context)
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Though it is not the first of its kind, Greer’s feminist manifesto is unique in its positive ideology and encouragement of women to speak up... (full context)
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Greer is now married to Cory, and they have a baby named Emilia. Greer experiences intermittent... (full context)
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Greer thinks of Kay—she is young but radical, and though she is skeptical about the state... (full context)
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Greer and Cory return to their home in a fancy neighborhood in Brooklyn. They have had... (full context)
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Greer calls Zee, and then Zee sends her a link to an internet video. The video... (full context)
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Greer tells Zee that she wants to start a foundation of her own to help combat... (full context)
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Greer thinks of Faith often. Greer frequently thinks that she has seen Faith on the street,... (full context)
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Greer often wishes she could get in touch with Faith and send her the latest updates... (full context)
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Thinking about how she has, effectively, “replaced” Faith Frank, Greer begins to wonder who will replace her one day. She thinks of Kay, her daughter’s... (full context)
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Greer thinks about how at Loci, all of the conversations had been about power—as if it... (full context)