The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Kit McKenna is the four-year-old daughter of Elizabeth and Christian. She was born during the war and never met her father; he'd already died by the time she was born. Elizabeth was arrested when Kit was just over a year old, so Kit doesn't remember either of her birth parents. This, however, doesn't seem to bother Kit; she lives primarily with Amelia but spends time with all the Society members in turn, often staying at their houses overnight. When Juliet meets Kit, she finds Kit serious, attentive, and a bit intimidating. After discovering a portrait of Elizabeth as a child, Juliet realizes that Kit and Elizabeth have the exact same glare. Kit carries a box of treasures with her that Juliet feels unable to ask about, but within a few hours, Kit begins to warm to Juliet. When Amelia and Dawsey go to France to visit Remy, Kit is comfortable enough with Juliet to stay with her in Amelia's absence. During this time, she and Juliet grow even closer. Kit also comes to love Sidney, as he sends fantastic gifts. When Amelia tells Kit that Elizabeth is dead, Kit seems mostly unaffected. Unbeknownst to her, this does mean that she inherits Sir Ambrose's estate and will therefore have income and property to her name. Not long after Juliet decides that she'd like to adopt Kit, Kit finally shows Juliet the treasures in her treasure box. It contains mementos and photos from Elizabeth and Christian. After sharing it with Juliet, Kit falls asleep in Juliet's bed, and Juliet recognizes that Kit trusts her like a parent.

Kit McKenna 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 Kit McKenna or refer to Kit McKenna. 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: 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: 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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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 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: 12 Jun, 1946 Quotes

I also know that she cherished you as her family, and she felt gratitude and peace that her daughter, Kit, was in your care. Therefore, I write so you and the child will know of her and the strength she showed to us in the camp.

Page Number: 178
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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: 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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Kit McKenna Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Kit McKenna 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, 19th February, 1946
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...a parrot. She sells vegetables and elixirs at market every week, and Elizabeth's four-year-old daughter, Kit, helps stir the elixirs. Isola describes herself as ugly and too tall. She offers to... (full context)
Part One, 10th March, 1946
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...the bombs fall, thankful that Eli was away. Now, Eben is glad to care for Kit in Elizabeth's absence. (full context)
Part One, 12th March, 1946
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Dawsey mentions that he's working at the port and the quarry. Amelia and Kit came for supper yesterday and Kit was bright and talkative as usual. He asks Juliet... (full context)
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...proud of knowing these things, as being proud wouldn't be Christian. However, a year after Kit's birth, Elizabeth sheltered an escaped prisoner and was sent to a prison on the continent.... (full context)
Part One, 15th April, 1946
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...book. He closes by asking Juliet about her childhood on a farm and mentions that Kit is now interested in snakes. (full context)
Part One, 21st April, 1946
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...and shapes of wood and says that the wood came at just the right time: Kit wants him to carve her a ferret. He asks Juliet if she has an animal... (full context)
Part One, 26th April, 1946
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...to Juliet that his job at the quarry is over and he's taking care of Kit for a while. She's currently whispering to herself under the table. Dawsey explains that Kit... (full context)
Part One, 13th May, 1946
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...Elizabeth's cottage. Mr. Dilwyn had already planned to rent the property to provide income for Kit. Amelia also shares that they've found records of Elizabeth in France, but none in Germany. (full context)
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Amelia says she feels obligated to look for any German relations of Kit's, but she feels as though Christian was a rare good man. She doesn't want to... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd May, 1946
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...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 on Eli's shoulders... (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 this. He drove Juliet,... (full context)
Part Two, 27th May, 1946
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...varied. St. Peter Port is drab now, but it looks more alive than London does. Kit shows Juliet butterflies and flowers, and carries a box of secret treasures everywhere. Juliet has... (full context)
Part Two, 6th June, 1946
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...she has a lot of notes about the occupation, but no direction for a book. Kit has been spending mornings playing quietly in the house and in the afternoon, she and... (full context)
Part Two, 10th June, 1946
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...thanks Sidney: his new secretary, Billee Bee Jones, sent two books of paper dolls for Kit, as well as a pair of child's scissors. Juliet expresses hope that Billee Bee is... (full context)
Part Two, 12th June, 1946
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...1945. Remy says that Elizabeth used to speak to her about the Society and about Kit. Remy wants to make sure that Kit knows how strong and kind her mother was.... (full context)
Part Two, 16th June, 1946
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...go to France to invite Remy to Guernsey, and Juliet is going to care for Kit while they're gone. Kit's future is now uncertain, as she's officially an orphan. Mr. Dilwyn... (full context)
Part Two, 23rd June, 1946
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...thin she's almost like glass, and her eyes are haunted. She wanted to know about Kit and Sir Ambrose. Amelia could barely speak; Dawsey answered most of Remy's questions. Remy is... (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 Kit will stay with her for a while, as Amelia is tired... (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 withering.... (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 mostly because of the book he brought her, Elspeth the Lisping Bunny. She's... (full context)
Part Two, 12th July, 1946
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...carefully at Elizabeth's things. He also believes a story about Elizabeth would be invaluable to Kit. (full context)
Part Two, 15th July, 1946
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...Remy will come to Guernsey soon and stay with Amelia, so she'll get to keep Kit longer. She wonders if Elizabeth kept a diary. (full context)
Part Two, 17th July, 1946
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...Elizabeth did draw until she ran out of supplies. Most of the drawings are of Kit or Society members. There's one of Christian. Upon seeing the drawing, Amelia explained that she'd... (full context)
Part Two, 19th July, 1946
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...now that she's looking for them, she's finding stories of Elizabeth everywhere. Earlier, she and Kit walked to the churchyard. The groundskeeper, Sam Withers, was around and mentioned that Juliet reminded... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd July, 1946
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...However, last night, Dawsey came to borrow a suitcase for his trip to collect Remy. Kit was asleep, so Juliet and Dawsey walked out to the cliffs and watched the sea.... (full context)
Part Two, 23rd July, 1946
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...under Juliet's door inviting her to come for raspberry pie in the afternoon. Juliet sends Kit with her reply, explaining that she has a guest and won't be there but Kit... (full context)
Part Two, 24th July, 1946
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...a wedding date, and asked no questions about Juliet or what she's been doing. When Kit came downstairs Mark was nice to her, but became annoyed by her presence. After Kit... (full context)
Part Two, 1st August, 1946
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...that Remy is in Guernsey. Remy is still very frail, intense, and reserved—unless she's with Kit. Amelia threw a dinner party on the night Remy arrived. Remy appeared comfortable with Amelia... (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, but her work... (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... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd August, 1946
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...the letters. Billee Bee was very seasick upon arrival but has been a good sport. Kit, unfortunately, doesn't like her and refused a kiss. Juliet asks Sophie how she corrects Dominic... (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 to speak to Mr. Dilwyn, Kit's legal... (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 and Isola were out gathering herbs early in the morning and Juliet was inside with... (full context)
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Kit had the envelope of letters and a gift from Billee Bee in her hands—a quilted... (full context)
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...but he'd make sure she left the island. Billee Bee took the toy ferret from Kit as she left. Juliet says that Isola and Kit were out so early because after... (full context)
Part Two, 26th August, 1946
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...publish the letters before Sidney could. Later, Sidney sends a telegram. He believes that Isola, Kit, and Juliet all deserve medals and says he'll never leave town again. (full context)
Part Two, 29th August, 1946
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...has returned to the island. She's putting off making the appointment to talk about adopting Kit and fears he won't agree. She asks if Sophie and Dominic will act as character... (full context)
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Juliet says too that this afternoon, the Benoit sisters invited Juliet and Kit for tea. The invitation was odd; they asked if Kit liked rituals. Juliet checked with... (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 was relieved and both women cried. Then, Amelia said she'd go with Juliet to... (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... (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 on Dawsey while he rebuilt a stone wall. Dawsey then... (full context)
Part Two, Detection Notes of Miss Isola Pribby
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...only facts 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... (full context)
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...Dawsey loving Remy but finding no evidence. There were plenty of photos of Juliet and Kit, and Juliet's letters tied up in one of her hair ribbons, and Juliet's handkerchief. Juliet... (full context)