The Gardener


Rudyard Kipling

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George Turrell Character Analysis

George Turrell is Helen’s brother, who at the outset of the story, has recently died in India of a fall from a horse. Helen concocts the story of Michael’s illegitimate birth around George, suggesting that Michael is actually the son of George’s lower-class mistress in India, and that George has always been a person who acts in unconventional and unrespectable ways.

George Turrell Quotes in The Gardener

The The Gardener quotes below are all either spoken by George Turrell or refer to George Turrell. 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 Borzoi edition of The Gardener published in 1994.
The Gardener Quotes

Everyone in the village knew that Helen Turrell did her duty by all her world, and by none more honorably than by her only brother’s unfortunate child. The village knew, too, that George Turrell had tried his family severely since early youth, and […] after many fresh starts given and thrown away, he […] had entangled himself with the daughter of a retired non-commissioned officer, and had died […] a few weeks before his child was born.

Page Number: 827
Explanation and Analysis:

All these details were public property, for Helen was as open as the day, and held that scandals are only increased by hushing them up. She admitted that George had always been rather a black sheep, but that things might have been much worse if the mother had insisted on her right to keep the boy. Luckily, it seemed that people of that class would do almost anything for money.

Page Number: 828
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George Turrell Character Timeline in The Gardener

The timeline below shows where the character George Turrell appears in The Gardener. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Turrell’s community believes that she has done “her duty by all the world.” Her brother, George Turrell, has always been a trouble maker, so no one is surprised to learn that... (full context)
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...she doesn’t particularly like children, she will raise Michael out of her deep love for George. (full context)