The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Eli is Eben's grandson. He's twelve years old and loves carving animals out of wood. His mother, Jane, died right after Eli evacuated Guernsey, and his father died fighting in North Africa. Because of this, Eli lives with Eben. Eli is bright, kind, and loves spending time with Kit. He practices carving wood whenever he can. Eben resents that he missed so much of Eli's childhood, as Eli was in England for five years. Prior to evacuating, Eli was very close to Elizabeth. She sent him to England with her father's medal from World War One, which he later passes onto Kit.

Eli Quotes in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society quotes below are all either spoken by Eli or refer to Eli. 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 Dial edition of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society published in 2008.
Part 1: 22 Apr, 1946 Quotes

There was an old canvas bathing shoe left lying right in the middle of the path. Eli walked around it, staring. Finally, he said, "That shoe is all alone, Grandpa." I answered that yes it was. He looked at it some more, and then we walked on by. After a bit, he said, "Grandpa, that's something I never am." I asked him, "What's that?" And he said, "Lonesome in my spirits."

Related Characters: Eben Ramsey (speaker), Eli (speaker), Juliet Ashton, Kit McKenna, Jane
Page Number: 124
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Eli Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Eli appears in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One, 28th February, 1946
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...for stealing, and comments that hunger makes a person desperate. He says that his grandson, Eli, was evacuated. (full context)
Part One, 3rd March, 1946
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...she suggests that the war is the story of their lives now. Juliet asks about Eli and about the other Guernsey children who were evacuated. Then, she asks how Amelia hid... (full context)
Part One, 10th March, 1946
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Eben responds to Juliet. He explains that Eli is his daughter Jane's son, but Jane and her newborn baby died in the hospital... (full context)
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The feast was magnificent, and Eben says that Elizabeth was brave. He says that Elizabeth and Jane became friends when they were girls. In... (full context)
Part One, 21st April, 1946
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Eli writes Juliet to thank her for blocks of wood she sent. He asks how Juliet... (full context)
Part One, 22nd April, 1946
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Eben also sends Juliet a letter of thanks for Eli's wood. He writes about the evacuation of the Guernsey children. The parents were in an... (full context)
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...dropped off at the school so that kids wouldn't cry saying goodbye on the pier. Elizabeth and Eben walked Eli to the school and Elizabeth helped get the children ready. On... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd May, 1946
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...was excited to see all her friends. Juliet could recognize all of them: Isola, Eben, Eli, Dawsey, and Kit. When she finally stepped onto land, Isola immediately hugged her. Kit sat... (full context)
Part Two, 27th May, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney about Elizabeth's cottage. It's large with lots of windows, which means that Juliet is often distracted watching... (full context)
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Eben, Eli, Dawsey, and Isola have taken Juliet all around the island. The architecture is impressive and... (full context)
Part Two, 6th and 7th August, 1946
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...a generation of the subject's life, especially given what she's been able to learn about Elizabeth from people who knew her. Juliet feels as though Elizabeth is a true friend. (full context)
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Earlier, Juliet and Kit had supper with Eben and Eli. Eben told Juliet that when the children were being evacuated, Elizabeth was there with Eli.... (full context)