The third person Eddie meets in heaven, the woman for whom the first version of Ruby Pier was named. She is graceful, competent, and smart. Like the other women in the novel, she dedicates herself to caring for others: her husband Emile, her children, and in heaven, the souls of all the people hurt at Ruby Pier. Born years before Eddie, Ruby was the prettiest daughter in a working-class family. She was a young waitress at a diner by the ocean, where she became engaged to the rich Emile. Emile gave Ruby an extravagant life, and built Ruby Pier in dedication to her. After a fire destroyed the park and their wealth, they led a difficult life. Ruby’s husband was later hospitalized in the same room as Eddie’s dying father, allowing Ruby to witness Eddie’s father’s dying words of regret. In heaven, Ruby tells Eddie the true story of how his father died saving Mickey, and teaches him the lesson of forgiveness.
Ruby Quotes in The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The The Five People You Meet in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by Ruby or refer to Ruby. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hachette Books edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven published in 2006.).
Chapter 24 Quotes
Religion? Government? Are we not loyal to such things, sometimes to the death? (…) Better to be loyal to one another.
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Ruby Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The timeline below shows where the character Ruby appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 36 (Epilogue)