The Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook

by

Doris Lessing

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George Character Analysis

In the yellow notebook, George is Ella’s ex-husband, as well as the equivalent of Max Wulf (in the blue notebook) and Willi Rodde (in the black notebook) for Anna. Ella never found George attractive and married him “almost out of exhaustion”; she was relieved when he left her for another woman, but feels uncomfortable moving past him when she meets Paul Tanner.

George Quotes in The Golden Notebook

The The Golden Notebook quotes below are all either spoken by George or refer to George. 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 Simon and Schuster edition of The Golden Notebook published in 1962.
The Notebooks: 1 Quotes

“How can you separate love-making off from everything else? It doesn't make sense.”

Related Characters: Ella (speaker), Anna Wulf, Michael, George, Paul Tanner
Page Number: 172
Explanation and Analysis:
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George Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook

The timeline below shows where the character George appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Notebooks: 1
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Then the roadsman George Hounslow arrives in his caravan—he kisses Maryrose and Anna, leading them to exchange pained smiles... (full context)
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That night, Willi explains his views on the area’s leftist groups to George Hounslow, but Paul Blackenhurst and Ted take over, proposing in jest that they start a... (full context)
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Stanley and Johnnie go off to bed, and George Hounslow asks what they are doing there—Paul Blackenhurst decides that the Boothbys’ cook will be... (full context)
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George Hounslow walks in and comes after Maryrose—he always approaches women with humble words but intent... (full context)
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Sitting and drinking beer on the verandah, George Hounslow explains  his intolerable family life: he lives in a tiny house with his wife,... (full context)
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Willi says George Hounslow has no obligation to his illegitimate son, and Anna has conflicted feelings: she is... (full context)
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Anna goes inside, past George Hounslow, and meets Maryrose, who has clearly been crying after realizing that the group has... (full context)
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They dance until about five that night—Paul Blackenhurst with Anna, Willi with Maryrose (on whom George Hounslow was also fixated), and Jimmy, somehow cut and bleeding again, by himself. This becomes... (full context)
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...aware of his intentions, tries to convince him that Mr Lattimer is a threat. And George Hounslow’s son becomes common knowledge—the others joke about them realizing their relation through “some mystical... (full context)
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Paul Blackenhurst meets Jackson after his shift ends, while George Hounslow looks at “the father of my child” and complains that he cannot help support... (full context)
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...inside and make the coffee Mrs Lattimer wanted. Mrs Boothby threatens to fire Jackson, and George Hounslow despairs at what this would mean for Jackson’s family, which would probably have to... (full context)
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...mentions that Jimmy has not returned and goes looking for him along with Anna and George Hounslow. They stumble upon Jackson in the kitchen, “angry and troubled” for the first time,... (full context)
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George Hounslow stumbles away, and Anna and Paul Blackenhurst take Jimmy to bed before Paul tries... (full context)
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The next day, George Hounslow is solemn, and Jackson has already disappeared with his family, leaving his chickens behind.... (full context)
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...had. Here, she feels too entrapped by his pride, which reminds her of her ex-husband George, whom she married “almost out of exhaustion” and felt “sexually repelled by” after the divorce—he... (full context)
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...He gets suddenly detached, then hostile; she wants to cry and cannot stop thinking about George. (full context)