The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Juliet Ashton Character Analysis

Juliet is the 33-year-old protagonist of the novel. She's a writer living in London and is attempting to come up with a new idea for a book after deciding she no longer wants to write humorously under her wartime pseudonym, Izzy Bickerstaff. Juliet corresponds with a number of close friends, as she has no living family. Juliet adores books and literature above all; she called off her first engagement when Rob Dartry, her fiancé, tried to put her books in the basement. This love of books leads her to develop pen pal relationships with several people on the island of Guernsey. Dawsey writes first, as he acquired one of her used copies of a Charles Lamb book with her address in it. Juliet becomes enchanted by Dawsey's stories of his local literary society, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. When she's asked to write three articles for the Times, she chooses to write them on Guernsey and the Society. During this time, Juliet begins to date the American Mark Reynolds. While she enjoys dating Mark, Sidney believes that Mark only likes Juliet because she's pretty and intellectual. Juliet is perpetually unsure about Mark and when he eventually proposes marriage, she refuses and moves to Guernsey to write a book about the German Occupation. During Juliet's time on Guernsey, she becomes a member of the Society and a valued member of the community. She lives in the house of Elizabeth McKenna, the brain behind the Society's inception. Juliet feels as though Elizabeth becomes a true friend, and Juliet decides to write her book about Elizabeth. Juliet becomes very close with Elizabeth's four-year-old daughter, Kit, which eventually leads her to break things off with Mark--he wouldn't respect her relationship with Kit. She also falls in love with Dawsey, though she questions Dawsey's feelings when he appears to care more deeply for Remy, a visiting woman who knew Elizabeth. Finally, when Isola discovers that Dawsey keeps mementos of Juliet's, Juliet asks Dawsey to marry her. The two get married the weekend after the novel ends.

Juliet Ashton 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 Juliet Ashton or refer to Juliet Ashton. 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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Part 1: 8 Jan, 1946 Quotes

I don't want to be considered a light-hearted journalist anymore. I do acknowledge that making readers laugh—or at least chuckle—during the war was no mean feat, but I don't want to do it anymore. I can't seem to dredge up any sense of proportion or balance these days, and God knows one can't write humor without them.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Sidney Stark
Related Symbols: Izzy Bickerstaff
Page Number: 3-4
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Part 1: 12 Jan, 1946 Quotes

Charles Lamb made me laugh during the German Occupation, especially when he wrote about the roast pig. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society came into being because of a roast pig we had to keep secret from the German soldiers, so I feel a kinship to Mr. Lamb.

Related Characters: Dawsey Adams (speaker), Juliet Ashton
Page Number: 9
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Part 1: 21 Jan, 1946 Quotes

All the windows we passed were lighted, and I could snoop once more. I missed it so terribly during the war. I felt as if we had all turned into moles scuttling along in our separate tunnels.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Sidney Stark, Susan Scott
Page Number: 13
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Part 1: Feb 5, 1946 Quotes

The simple truth of it is that you're the only female writer who makes me laugh. Your Izzy Bickerstaff columns were the wittiest work to come out of the war, and I want to meet the woman who wrote them.

Related Characters: Markham V. Reynolds (speaker), Juliet Ashton
Related Symbols: Izzy Bickerstaff
Page Number: 34
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Part 1: 28 Feb, 1946 Quotes

One poor soldier was caught stealing a potato. He was chased by his own people and climbed up a tree to hide. But they found him and shot him down out of the tree. Still, that did not stop them from stealing food. I am not pointing a finger at those practices, because some of us were doing the same. I figure hunger makes you desperate when you wake to it every morning.

Related Characters: Eben Ramsey (speaker), Juliet Ashton
Page Number: 65
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Part 1: 4 Mar, 1946 Quotes

Passive Suffering? Passive Suffering! I nearly seized up. What ailed the man? Lieutenant Owen, he wrote a line, "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns." What's passive about that, I'd like to know. That's exactly how they do die. I saw it with my own eyes, and I say to hell with Mr. Yeats.

Related Characters: Clovis Fossey (speaker), Juliet Ashton, Mrs. Amelia Maugery
Page Number: 73
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Part 1: 12 Mar, 1946 Quotes

Though I had little hope of success, I knew it was my duty to warn her of the fate that awaited her. I told her she would be cast out of decent society, but she did not heed me. In fact, she laughed. I bore it. Then she told me to get out of her house.

Page Number: 82
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The principal work of the baby's maintenance was undertaken by Amelia Maugery, with other Society members taking her out—like a library book—for several weeks at a time.

They all dandled the baby, and now that the child can walk, she goes everywhere with one or another of them—holding hands or riding on their shoulders. Such are their standards!

Page Number: 83
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Part 1: 2 Apr, 1946 Quotes

The way that Christian and I met may have been unusual, but our friendship was not. I'm sure many Islanders grew to be friends with some of the soldiers. But sometimes I think of Charles Lamb and marvel that a man born in 1775 enabled me to make two such friends as you and Christian.

Related Characters: Dawsey Adams (speaker), Juliet Ashton, Captain Christian Hellman
Page Number: 97
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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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The States didn't want the parents to come into the school itself—too crowded and too sad. Better to say good-byes outside. One child crying might set them all off.

So it was strangers who tied up shoelaces, wiped noses, put a nametag around each child's neck. We did up buttons and played games with them until the buses could come.

Page Number: 126
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Part 1: 1 May, 1946 Quotes

But then I imagined a lifetime of having to cry to get him to be kind, and I went back to no again. We argued and he lectured and I wept a bit more because I was so exhausted, and eventually he called his chauffer to take me home. As he shut me into the back seat, he leaned in to kiss me and said, "You're an idiot, Juliet."

And maybe he's right.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Markham V. Reynolds, Sophie Strachan
Page Number: 133
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Part 1: 13 May, 1946 Quotes

I sometimes think that we are morally obliged to begin a search for Kit's German relations, but I cannot bring myself to do it. Christian was a rare soul, and he detested what his country was doing, but the same cannot be true for many Germans...And how could we send our Kit away to a foreign—and destroyed—land, even if her relations could be found? We are the only family she's ever known.

Page Number: 137-38
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Part 1: 15 May, 1946 Quotes

It may be about those Germans, but honor due is honor due. They unloaded all those boxes of food for us from the Vega, and they didn't take none, not one box of it, for themselves. Of course, their Commandant had told them, "That food is for the Islanders, it is not yours. Steal one bit and I'll have you shot."

Related Characters: Micah Daniels (speaker), Juliet Ashton, The Commandant
Page Number: 147
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Part 2: 24 May, 1946 Quotes

Maybe I am a complete idiot. I know of three women who are mad for him—he'll be snapped up in a trice, and I'll spend my declining years in a grimy bed-sit, with my teeth falling out one by one.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Markham V. Reynolds, Sophie Strachan
Page Number: 163
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Part 2: 6 Jun, 1946 Quotes

I knew that all children were gruesome, but I don't know whether I'm supposed to encourage them in it. I'm afraid to ask Sophie if Dead Bride is too morbid a game for a four-year-old. If she says yes, we'll have to stop playing, and I don't want to stop. I love Dead Bride.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Sidney Stark, Kit McKenna, Sophie Strachan
Page Number: 175
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Part 2: 16 Jun, 1946 Quotes

It's odd, I suppose, to mourn so for someone you've never met. But I do.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Elizabeth McKenna, Sidney Stark
Page Number: 184
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Part 2: 6 Jul, 1946 Quotes

If she marries him, she'll spend the rest of her life being shown to people at theaters and clubs and weekends and she'll never write another book. As her editor, I'm dismayed by the prospect, but as her friend, I'm horrified. It will be the end of our Juliet.

Page Number: 194-95
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Part 2: 17 Jul, 1946 Quotes

Maybe every mother looks at her baby that way—with that intense focus—but Elizabeth put it on paper. There was one shaky drawing of a wizened little Kit, made the day after she was born, according to Amelia.

Page Number: 203
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Part 2: 19 Jul, 1946 Quotes

Why, there'd be soldiers riding guard in the back of potato lorries going to the army's mess hall—children would follow them, hoping potatoes would fall off into the street. Soldiers would look straight ahead, grim-like, and then flick potatoes off the pile—on purpose.

Page Number: 208
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Part 2: 24 Jul, 1946 Quotes

How could I ever have considered marrying him? One year as his wife, and I'd have become one of those abject, quaking women who look at their husbands when someone asks them a question. I've always despised that type, but I see how it happens now.

Related Characters: Juliet Ashton (speaker), Markham V. Reynolds, Sophie Strachan
Page Number: 214
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Part 2: 2 Sep, 1946 Quotes

She told me once that those guards used big dogs. Riled them up and loosed them deliberately on the lines of women standing for roll call—just to watch the fun. Christ! I've been ignorant, Juliet. I thought being here with us could help her forget.

Related Characters: Dawsey Adams (speaker), Juliet Ashton, Sidney Stark, Remy Giraud
Page Number: 255
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Part 2: 7 Sep, 1946 Quotes

She was showing me her treasures, Sophie—her eyes did not leave my face once. We were both so solemn, and I, for once, didn't start crying; I just held out my arms. She climbed right into them, and under the covers with me—and went sound asleep. Not me! I couldn't. I was too happy planning the rest of our lives.

Page Number: 259
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Juliet Ashton Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Juliet Ashton 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, 8th January, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney that Susan Scott is amazing: in addition to selling 40 copies of... (full context)
Part One, 10th January, 1946
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Sidney returns Juliet's letter and assures her that given what Susan said about the success of the book... (full context)
Part One, 11th January, 1946
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In Juliet's reply, she says she'd love to have a lavish dinner. Because the sales from Izzy... (full context)
Part One, 12th January, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sophie, lamenting that Sidney is currently refusing to extend the book tour to... (full context)
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Juliet wonders if there's something wrong with her, given that she finds men intolerable. She admits... (full context)
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From the island of Guernsey, Dawsey Adams writes to Juliet. He explains that he knows of Juliet because he owns The Selected Essays of Elia... (full context)
Part One, 15th January, 1946
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Juliet replies to Dawsey and explains that she's thrilled his letter reached her, as she no... (full context)
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Juliet says that she's enclosed a copy of Charles Lamb's Selected Letters as a gift, which... (full context)
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In closing, Juliet asks Dawsey if he'd answer three questions for her about the secret pig roast, how... (full context)
Part One, 18th January, 1946
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Juliet apologizes to Sidney for complaining about having to travel to promote her book: the teas... (full context)
Part One, 21st January, 1946
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In a letter to Sidney, Juliet says she's thrilled to be able to travel by train at night again. Unlike during... (full context)
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Juliet asks if Sidney knows a Markham V. Reynolds, as this man is leaving her flowers... (full context)
Part One, 23rd January, 1946
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Writing to Sidney, Juliet expresses disbelief at the sales figures for Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War. She says that... (full context)
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In addition to managing the book tour, Juliet says that Susan has also given her a makeover. Juliet has had a haircut, acquired... (full context)
Part One, 25th January, 1946
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Susan writes to Sidney and assures him that no matter what the papers say, Juliet was not arrested. Juliet did, however, throw a teapot at Gilly Gilbert. Susan accepts responsibility,... (full context)
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Snappily, Juliet corrected Gilly: she left Rob the day before they were to be married, and he... (full context)
Part One, 26th January, 1946
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Juliet sends a telegram to Sidney, apologizing for embarrassing Stephens & Stark. Sidney replies with a... (full context)
Part One, 28th January, 1946
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Writing to Sidney, Juliet is relieved she didn't embarrass Stephens & Stark by throwing the teapot. She says that... (full context)
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Juliet screamed at Rob to put her books back and in the course of their argument,... (full context)
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Juliet thanks Sidney for tracking down Markham V. Reynolds and says that she plans to remain... (full context)
Part One, 31st January, 1946
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Juliet writes Sophie and thanks her for making the quick trip to visit her in Leeds.... (full context)
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Dawsey returns Juliet's letter, thanking her for the book. He says he has a job at the harbor... (full context)
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...war. This does mean that Dawsey doesn't understand some of the cartoons, and he asks Juliet to explain one that features men with one large ear talking about "Doodlebugs." (full context)
Part One, 3rd February, 1946
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Juliet replies to Dawsey, thanking him for his story about the pig roast, and asks him... (full context)
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Juliet tells Dawsey about the "Doodlebugs:" they were bombs. They came during the day and were... (full context)
Part One, 4th February, 1946
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Juliet begins a letter to Markham Reynolds. She explains that she caught his delivery boy and... (full context)
Part One, February 5, 1946
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Markham Reynolds returns Juliet's letter and thanks her for catching the delivery boy; this means he doesn't have to... (full context)
Part One, 6th and 7th February, 1946
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Juliet accepts Mark's invitation and suggests Thursday. In his reply, Mark insists that Thursday is too... (full context)
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Dawsey writes to Juliet and says that the Society would like to be included in her articles. He explains... (full context)
Part One, 8th February, 1946
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Amelia Maugery writes to Juliet and says that when Dawsey came to ask her to write to Juliet, Dawsey forgot... (full context)
Part One, 10th February, 1946
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Juliet returns Amelia's letter and says she's happy to answer her questions. She says that the... (full context)
Part One, 12th February, 1946
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In a letter to Sophie, Juliet tells her about Mark Reynolds. He invited her to Claridge's and she spent three days... (full context)
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Lady Bella Taunton writes to Amelia. She says that Juliet's only fault is that she has no common sense. The two of them were Fire... (full context)
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During the war, Juliet's "light, frivolous" writing attracted a following and allowed Juliet to purchase a flat in Chelsea,... (full context)
Part One, 13th February, 1946
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Reverend Simon Simpless writes to Amelia, telling her that she can trust Juliet. He says that she's stubborn but even as a child, had a shocking amount of... (full context)
Part One, 17th-18th February, 1946
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Susan writes to Juliet, asking about a photo of Juliet dancing with Mark Reynolds that ran in the paper.... (full context)
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Amelia writes Juliet and thanks her for the character references. She says that several members should write soon... (full context)
Part One, 19th February, 1946
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Isola Pribby, the sergeant-at-arms for the Society, writes to Juliet. She praises Juliet for writing a biography of Anne Brontë; Isola loves all the Brontë... (full context)
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Isola tells Juliet about herself. She lives in a small cottage near Amelia's farm and has chickens, a... (full context)
Part One, 20th February, 1946
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Juliet thanks Dawsey for sending white lilacs, her favorite flower, via Mr. Dilwyn—who explained that he'd... (full context)
Part One, 21st-26th February, 1946
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Juliet sends several short letters to Sidney, jokingly asking if he's not responding to her letters... (full context)
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Juliet says she liked Sidney's old secretary better than Miss Tilley, and explains that she met... (full context)
Part One, 28th February, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sophie and says that she's surprised that Sidney went to Australia, but she's... (full context)
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Juliet writes to Isola, thanking her for her letter. She says that the first time she... (full context)
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Eben Ramsey writes to Juliet. He says that before the war, his family cut tombstones, but now he mostly fishes.... (full context)
Part One, 1st March, 1946
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Miss Adelaide Addison writes to Juliet. She says that she laughed when she heard that Juliet wants to write about the... (full context)
Part One, March 2, 1946
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Mark writes to Juliet and says that he's obtained opera tickets from his music critic for that evening. Juliet... (full context)
Part One, 3rd March, 1946
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Juliet returns Eben's letter. She says that she vowed to not talk about the war, but... (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... (full context)
Part One, 12th March, 1946
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...Kit came for supper yesterday and Kit was bright and talkative as usual. He asks Juliet if she knows much about children. Dawsey says caring for Kit was easier when she... (full context)
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Adelaide Addison writes Juliet again. She feels she must tell the whole truth: the Society is raising the "bastard"... (full context)
Part One, 20th-23rd March, 1946
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Sidney sends Juliet a telegram explaining that he'll be delayed; he fell off a horse and broke his... (full context)
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Juliet turns the subject to Mark. She reprimands Sophie for asking if she's in love with... (full context)
Part One, 25th March, 1946
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Juliet writes to Dawsey and mentions that she's received two letters from Miss Adelaide Addison and... (full context)
Part One, 27th March, 1946
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John Booker begins a letter to Juliet. He explains that he only reads one book over and over: The Letters of Seneca.... (full context)
Part One, 31st March, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney and Piers and includes copies of all the letters she's received from... (full context)
Part One, 2nd April, 1946
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Dawsey writes to Juliet that according to Adelaide Addison, having fun is the worst sin. He explains that during... (full context)
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...hospital, but his ship sank. Dawsey marvels that Charles Lamb helped him find friends like Juliet and Christian. (full context)
Part One, 4th April, 1946
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Juliet writes to Amelia that the sun is out; she's trying to avoid looking at the... (full context)
Part One, April 5, 1946
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Mark writes to Juliet, annoyed that she doesn't want to go to a play with him. He says he'll... (full context)
Part One, 7th April, 1946
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Will Thisbee introduces himself to Juliet; he's an ironmonger and enjoys inventing "labor-saving devices." He writes that at first, he didn't... (full context)
Part One, 10th April, 1946
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Amelia returns Juliet's letter and agrees that it seems like the war continues to drag on. She recounts... (full context)
Part One, 11th April, 1946
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Juliet writes Dawsey about her most recent letter from Adelaide, in which Adelaide incredulously recounted going... (full context)
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...amok and she advises that Sidney fire Miss Tilley. She also mentions that she's seen Juliet and Mark out on a date. It looked very romantic and though Juliet invited Susan... (full context)
Part One, 12th April, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney and Piers and tells them that she's been spending all her time... (full context)
Part One, 15th April, 1946
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Dawsey returns Juliet's letter and says he doesn't know why Adelaide is so horrible. He says the Charles... (full context)
Part One, 18th April, 1946
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Juliet responds to Dawsey; she's thrilled to be able to talk about Charles Lamb with him.... (full context)
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Isola writes to Juliet with some "highly personal" questions. She says that Dawsey told her not to ask them,... (full context)
Part One, 20th April, 1946
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Juliet answers Isola's questions. She's 33 and has chestnut hair that's naturally curly. She says she... (full context)
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Juliet writes about her childhood. She tells Isola about her parents' death and about living with... (full context)
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After school, Juliet and Sophie rented a flat in London and worked in a bookshop while Juliet wrote... (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 found so... (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... (full context)
Part One, 24th April, 1946
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Isola is happy to tell Juliet about Elizabeth slapping Adelaide. The U.S. wanted to minimize the stress and tears, so they... (full context)
Part One, 26th April, 1946
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Dawsey writes to Juliet that his job at the quarry is over and he's taking care of Kit for... (full context)
Part One, April 30, 1946
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Mark sends a note to Juliet explaining that he managed to bully his way through the slow line at customs. He... (full context)
Part One, 1st May, 1946
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Juliet writes to Mark and says that she didn't refuse, she just wanted time to think—but... (full context)
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Juliet writes to Sophie about her proposal. She says that Mark offered her a huge diamond... (full context)
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Juliet suggests that maybe Mark is right. She asks if Sophie remembers the romance novels they... (full context)
Part One, 3rd May, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney, begging him to send her to Guernsey. She says she's read as... (full context)
Part One, 10th and 11th May, 1946
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Sidney sends a cable giving Juliet his blessing to go to Guernsey, but asks if Mark will let her go. Juliet... (full context)
Part One, 13th May, 1946
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Amelia writes Juliet; she's thrilled that Juliet is coming to Guernsey. The entire Society is excited and Isola... (full context)
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Turning to a happier subject, Amelia says that the Society enjoyed Juliet's article in the Times. They all loved her take on the Society. Will Thisbee wants... (full context)
Part One, 14th May, 1946
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Isola tells Juliet that she's getting the house ready for Juliet's arrival and has told all her friends... (full context)
Part One, Wednesday Evening
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A man who identifies himself as An Animal Lover writes to Juliet. He says that he's a member of the Society but rather than tell Juliet about... (full context)
Part One, 15th May, 1946
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A teenager named Sally Ann Frobisher writes to Juliet about having scabies during the war. She had it on her scalp and the doctor... (full context)
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Micah Daniels, another islander, writes to Juliet. He says that a fancy restaurant in Paris wouldn't come to close to the Vega... (full context)
Part One, 16th May, 1946
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Booker writes Juliet again. He explains that he'll welcome her when she arrives, but he can't talk about... (full context)
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Dawsey writes Juliet and lists how everyone on Guernsey is preparing for her arrival. He's been trying to... (full context)
Part One, 19th May, 1946
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Juliet responds to Dawsey and says that she'll be there in two days. She'll arrive on... (full context)
Part One, 20th May, 1946
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Mark writes to Juliet. His tone is exasperated as he insists that, as Juliet requested, he's given her time... (full context)
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Juliet writes back and says she's going to Guernsey and still can't give Mark an answer.... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd May, 1946
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Juliet writes to tell Sidney about her first day in Guernsey. The trip on the mail... (full context)
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Dawsey managed Juliet's bags and kept Kit safe, and Juliet realized that everyone depends on Dawsey to do... (full context)
Part Two, 24th May, 1946
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Juliet tells Sophie that Mark tried to stop her coming to Guernsey but was ultimately unsuccessful.... (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... (full context)
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Eben, Eli, Dawsey, and Isola have taken Juliet all around the island. The architecture is impressive and varied. St. Peter Port is drab... (full context)
Part Two, 30th May, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney that last night, she attended her first Literary Society meeting. The speaker was... (full context)
Part Two, 31st May, 1946
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Juliet sends a note to Sidney with a letter she found slipped under her door. It's... (full context)
Part Two, 6th June, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney. She's thrilled to hear he's back in London and invites him to... (full context)
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Juliet says that Amelia recently told her a story about Elizabeth and her son, Ian. When... (full context)
Part Two, 10th June, 1946
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Juliet thanks Sidney: his new secretary, Billee Bee Jones, sent two books of paper dolls for... (full context)
Part Two, 16th June, 1946
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...and the news of Elizabeth. She asks if she and Dawsey might come to visit. Juliet also writes to Sidney and calls Elizabeth's death an abomination. She wonders if it's odd... (full context)
Part Two, 17th June, 1946
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Juliet apologizes to Mark for how their phone conversation unfolded last night. She says that it's... (full context)
Part Two, 21st June, 1946
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Dawsey writes to Juliet from Louviers, France. He says that the trip across France was awful; there's destruction everywhere.... (full context)
Part Two, 23rd June, 1946
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Amelia tells Juliet that meeting Remy yesterday was very difficult. Remy is so thin she's almost like glass,... (full context)
Part Two, 28th June, 1946
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Juliet thanks Sidney for the red satin tap shoes he sent for Kit. She explains that... (full context)
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Juliet says that she's having trouble with her book. She has data and interviews, but can't... (full context)
Part Two, 1st July, 1946; Wednesday; Friday
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Sidney asks Juliet if he can visit over the coming weekend. He says he'll take her pages back... (full context)
Part Two, 6th July, 1946
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Sidney writes Sophie from Guernsey with information about Juliet, Kit, and Dawsey. Kit appears to love Juliet and is adorable, though her glare is... (full context)
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Then, Sidney tells Sophie about Dawsey. He's quiet and has a calming presence. Juliet seems nervous around him and he watches her, but glances away when she looks at... (full context)
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Sidney turns to the occupation and Juliet's book. Sidney has been learning about the day the island was liberated. Many of the... (full context)
Part Two, 7th July, 1946
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Juliet assures Sophie that Sidney is in fine health. She hosted a supper party for him... (full context)
Part Two, 9th July, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney and thanks him for his visit. She says that Kit loves him... (full context)
Part Two, 12th July, 1946
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Sidney writes Juliet that her few chapters won't do; her book needs a single voice to ground it.... (full context)
Part Two, 15th July, 1946
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Juliet replies to Sidney and says that he's absolutely right; Elizabeth's voice is perfect. She shares... (full context)
Part Two, 17th July, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney that she hasn't found a diary, but Elizabeth did draw until she ran... (full context)
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Juliet also says that Will Thisbee called yesterday to ask her about which mysterious woman, Miss... (full context)
Part Two, 19th July, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney that now that she's looking for them, she's finding stories of Elizabeth everywhere.... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd July, 1946
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Juliet tells Sophie to burn this letter after reading it. She admits that she has loved... (full context)
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Juliet wanted to kill Mark but greeted him anyway. She felt queasy as she introduced Dawsey... (full context)
Part Two, 23rd July, 1946
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Amelia leaves a note under Juliet's door inviting her to come for raspberry pie in the afternoon. Juliet sends Kit with... (full context)
Part Two, 24th July, 1946
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Juliet writes Sophie again and instructs her to burn this letter as well: she's just refused... (full context)
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Mark tried to argue, but Juliet held firm. She feels now that after a year of marriage, she would've been scared... (full context)
Part Two, 27th July, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney about her discovery that Elizabeth had an accomplice in sheltering a Todt worker.... (full context)
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Dawsey writes Juliet from Louviers. He says that Remy is doing better, though she's still frail. Sister Touvier... (full context)
Part Two, 29th July, 1946
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Juliet tells Sophie to ignore everything she's written about Dawsey: Dawsey has just written about how... (full context)
Part Two, 1st August, 1946
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Juliet shares with Sidney that Remy is in Guernsey. Remy is still very frail, intense, and... (full context)
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...woman read part of her autobiography, after which the woman's husband wanted a divorce and Juliet and Amelia served cake to lighten the mood. Another member asked if she could read... (full context)
Part Two, 3rd August, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney. She's distraught because he recently sent Isola a book on phrenology, which... (full context)
Part Two, 5th August, 1946
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Susan writes to Juliet and admits that because Sidney leaves her letters on his desk, she reads them. She... (full context)
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...hard and is thrilled to learn so much about her neighbors. Eben is "garrulous," and Juliet has a lot of "amativeness" and "conjugal love." Isola's surprised Juliet isn't married with a... (full context)
Part Two, 6th and 7th August, 1946
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Sidney sends a telegram to Juliet, asking if Kit would like a bagpipe. Juliet writes back that she doesn't want one,... (full context)
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Earlier, Juliet and Kit had supper with Eben and Eli. Eben told Juliet that when the children... (full context)
Part Two, 9th August, 1946
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Juliet congratulates Sophie on her new pregnancy. She tells Sophie that Isola is sending a bottle... (full context)
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Juliet says she asked Isola about Dawsey since he won't talk. Isola is becoming disillusioned with... (full context)
Part Two, 11th August, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney that Stephens & Stark will very soon be the most famous publisher in... (full context)
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...cat. The story told in the letters was magnificent. After Isola finished reading the letters, Juliet asked to look at them and noticed that they were signed, "O. F. O'F. W.... (full context)
Part Two, 13th and 14th August, 1946
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Sidney writes Juliet and says that according to Billee Bee's research, Oscar Wilde did visit Jersey in 1893,... (full context)
Part Two, 18th August, 1946
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Juliet recounts for Sidney the experience of having the handwriting expert come visit Isola. With much... (full context)
Part Two, 20th August, 1946
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Billee Bee sends Juliet a telegram explaining that Sidney has been called to Rome and asked her to visit... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd August, 1946
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Juliet writes Sophie that Sidney is getting too important, given that he's sent Billee Bee to... (full context)
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Juliet confides that she's been worried about Kit since she learned of Elizabeth's death. She's decided... (full context)
Part Two, 23rd August, 1946
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Juliet sends Sidney a scathing letter, berating him for sending Billee Bee to collect the letters.... (full context)
Part Two, 24th August, 1946
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Susan sends a frantic telegram to Juliet instructing her to not allow Billee Bee to take the letters. Stephens & Stark's new... (full context)
Part Two, 24th August, 1946, 2:00 a.m.
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Juliet thanks Susan for her tip about Billee Bee. The telegram came just in time: Kit... (full context)
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...the envelope of letters and a gift from Billee Bee in her hands—a quilted ferret—and Juliet was thrilled to see that the letters were safe. Dawsey opened the smokehouse door and... (full context)
Part Two, 26th August, 1946
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Susan replies to Juliet and says that Gilly and Billee Bee wanted the letters to exact revenge for when... (full context)
Part Two, 29th August, 1946
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Juliet tells Sophie that Sidney's sub-editor has visited to copy the letters and they're now safe... (full context)
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Juliet mentions that Mr. Dilwyn has returned to the island. She's putting off making the appointment... (full context)
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Juliet says too that this afternoon, the Benoit sisters invited Juliet and Kit for tea. The... (full context)
Part Two, 2nd September, 1946
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Juliet tells Sidney of a disturbing event that took place in the afternoon. She was walking... (full context)
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Juliet is ashamed of herself for thinking that Remy was well enough to go home, and... (full context)
Part Two, 4th and 5th September, 1946
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Sidney writes Juliet and says that she's clearly in love with Dawsey. He asks if he can visit... (full context)
Part Two, 7th September, 1946
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Juliet tells Sophie that she finally went to ask Amelia her thoughts on adopting Kit. Amelia... (full context)
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Then, the best thing happened: Kit woke Juliet up in the morning and silently offered Juliet her box of treasures. The box contained... (full context)
Part Two, 8th September, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney and says that earlier, she and Kit took a picnic to spy... (full context)
Part Two, 11th September, 1946
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Juliet sends a distraught telegram to Sidney. She saw Dawsey and Remy in St. Peter Port,... (full context)
Part Two, Detection Notes of Miss Isola Pribby
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...in it as she observes the people around her. Today, she observed that Kit loves Juliet and no longer makes faces behind people's backs. Sidney is coming to visit and will... (full context)
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On Friday, Isola tests her idea to look at things sideways. She accompanied Dawsey, Juliet, and Remy to fetch Sidney from the airfield. She observed that Dawsey shook Sidney's hand... (full context)
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...As everyone was poking the fire, Eben made an announcement, flanked by Remy and Dawsey. Juliet went strangely rigid. Eben explained that this is to be a farewell party for Remy,... (full context)
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Sidney then poked Juliet with his toe, asked if she felt better, and she said yes. Because of this,... (full context)
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...it under Dawsey's bed. There were no notes from Remy. It contained a handkerchief of Juliet's, which Isola figured he meant to return. Isola admitted defeat. (full context)
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To make herself feel better, Isola called on Juliet. Juliet invited Isola in and asked her what was wrong. Isola began to bawl that... (full context)
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Isola followed slowly and then hid herself by the library. Juliet entered the library, where Dawsey and the workmen were, and asked for a private word... (full context)
Part Two, 17th September, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sidney and asks him to come back to Guernsey to give her away... (full context)