The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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Elaine Connelly Character Analysis

Paul’s companion at Georgia Pines is a fierce, compassionate woman who encourages Paul to write down his memories even if it proves to be a difficult task. Unafraid of facing danger herself, she takes various risks to help Paul. She sets off the fire alarm so that Paul might go on his walk without being seen by Brad Dolan, and, on another occasion, stands up to Dolan directly when she sees him harassing Paul. Her status as the grandmother of the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives serves as a useful protection against Dolan—an inversion of the threat of political connections that Percy wielded against Paul as a prison guard. She dies peacefully of a heart attack in her bed at the nursing home.

Elaine Connelly Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Elaine Connelly or refer to Elaine Connelly. 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 Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.
Part 5: Chapter 1 Quotes

As I went on down toward the kitchen, it occurred to me that the team of Elaine Connelly and Paul Edgecombe would probably be a match for a dozen Brad Dolans, with half a dozen Percy Wetmores thrown in for good

measure.

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), Percy Wetmore, Elaine Connelly, Brad Dolan
Page Number: 320
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Elaine Connelly Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Elaine Connelly appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3: Chapter 1
Death and the Death Penalty Theme Icon
Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
...friend—whom, if he were younger, Paul would call his girlfriend—is a refined, intelligent woman called Elaine Connelly who agrees with him about television. Paul spends a lot of time with Elaine.... (full context)
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Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
One morning, Elaine joins Paul in the TV room at 4 A.M., unable to sleep because of her... (full context)
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Elaine reflects for a moment and Paul is convinced that she is going to tell him... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 1
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...that he has unlocked some door between the past and the present—connecting Brad to Percy, Elaine to Janice, Georgia Pines to Cold Mountain—Brad grabs him by the wrist again, squeezing it... (full context)
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Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
...shaking, he tries to calm down and goes to sit at the solarium to write. Elaine walks in, confessing she has just seen his hostile exchange with Brad. She tells Paul... (full context)
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Paul asks Elaine if she would read what he has written when he is done. Elaine says she... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 1
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...yet, but his hopes are disappointed when he sees Brad’s car in the parking lot. Elaine startles Paul while he is looking out the window, and she tells him she knows... (full context)
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Elaine asks if Paul can postpone his walk, and when he says he probably shouldn’t, she... (full context)
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A few minutes after Elaine leaves, Paul hears the fire alarm and, as he thinks about what Elaine has done,... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 1
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...be rid of John Coffey’s ghost. After he goes to the bathroom, he sees that Elaine has left a pot of tea for him. He resumes his writing. (full context)
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...rises behind him, telling him to stop, and Brad jumps back, startled. When he sees Elaine bearing a breakfast platter, he tells her Paul cannot eat up here, and Elaine answers... (full context)
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Brad finally steps out of the room. Elaine asks Paul if he is all right and Paul asks her to read what he... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 12
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After finishing his story, Paul sits looking out the window of the solarium. When Elaine walks in, he hands her the rest of the story and Elaine, who has read... (full context)
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Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
At 4 P.M., when Elaine has finished the story, she joins Paul and says she is sorry for Coffey and... (full context)
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Paul then takes Elaine to go see the shed in the woods. When they arrive, he opens the door... (full context)
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...and that he took care of him. Paul throws the spool again and he and Elaine talk about the fact that Coffey touched the mouse in the same way he touched... (full context)
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Elaine tells Brad Dolan to get out and he finally leaves, fearful of Elaine’s connections—and having... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 13
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...he even avoided death during the accident that killed Janice. Since then, and especially since Elaine Connelly’s death, Paul now finds himself wishing for death. (full context)