The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Markham V. Reynolds Character Analysis

Mark is an extremely wealthy American in the publishing business. He begins courting Juliet while she's on her book tour and leaves her flowers at every stop. When the two finally begin communicating, Mark admits that Juliet's Izzy Bickerstaff columns were the only pieces written by women that made him laugh during the war, which is why he's interested in pursuing her. Though Juliet says that Mark is everything a woman should want—he's wealthy, single, powerful, and bossy without being outright mean to servers—she also never feels fully comfortable with him. To her credit, Mark doesn't take Juliet's work seriously and he often bullies her into going out with him. He also believes that Juliet is in love with Sidney, which makes him even more difficult to deal with. When Juliet refuses Mark's proposal of marriage, Mark takes it very badly: he berates Juliet for saying no, calls her an idiot, and only stops when she starts to cry. He attempts to stop her from going to Guernsey and shows up unannounced to try to take her back to London so they can get married. Juliet refuses when Mark suggests that Juliet can't take care of Kit forever and says she's wasting his time by staying on Guernsey. After this, Juliet turns him down for good. She recognizes afterwards that while Mark is, by many metrics, a catch, being married to him would've turned her into a woman who was afraid to think for herself. Sidney also believes that if they'd gotten married, Juliet would've never written another book thanks to Mark's disinterest in Juliet's career.

Markham V. Reynolds 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 Markham V. Reynolds or refer to Markham V. Reynolds. 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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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Markham V. Reynolds Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Markham V. Reynolds 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, 21st January, 1946
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Juliet asks if Sidney knows a Markham V. Reynolds, as this man is leaving her flowers at every stop on her book... (full context)
Part One, 25th January, 1946
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...for longer to keep Juliet out of London and asks if Sidney's figured out who Markham V. Reynolds is yet. (full context)
Part One, 26th January, 1946
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...up with a new topic for her book. Then, he says he does know who Markham V. Reynolds is. He's an American in the publishing business. Sidney says he's cheeky and... (full context)
Part One, 28th January, 1946
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Juliet thanks Sidney for tracking down Markham V. Reynolds and says that she plans to remain true to Stephens & Stark. She... (full context)
Part One, 31st January, 1946
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...and a lying weasel. Juliet says that Sidney is quite the champion, and mentions that Reynolds sent her another bunch of orchids. (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 made him reveal Reynolds's address.... (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... (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 far away,... (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 worrying about her hair.... (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. She suggests that Juliet hide to escape Sidney's wrath,... (full context)
Part One, 21st-26th February, 1946
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...short letters to Sidney, jokingly asking if he's not responding to her letters because of Mark Reynolds. Finally, Juliet sends a longer letter explaining that she went to Sidney's office, met... (full context)
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...says she liked Sidney's old secretary better than Miss Tilley, and explains that she met Mark Reynolds. She says that Mark is perfectly fine and hasn't tried to poach her, and... (full context)
Part One, 28th February, 1946
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...She's also happy that Sidney isn't in London—with him gone, Juliet can spend time with Mark. Sidney doesn't like Mark at all, but Juliet thinks that Sidney is too dramatic. She... (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... (full context)
Part One, 20th-23rd March, 1946
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Juliet turns the subject to Mark. She reprimands Sophie for asking if she's in love with Mark—she insists that Sophie needs... (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.... (full context)
Part One, 11th April, 1946
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...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 to join... (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... (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 says that Mark... (full context)
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Juliet writes to Sophie about her proposal. She says that Mark offered her a huge diamond ring and is very upset that she didn't say yes... (full context)
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Juliet suggests that maybe Mark is right. She asks if Sophie remembers the romance novels they used to 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 responds that Mark doesn't get a say. (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... (full context)
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Juliet writes back and says she's going to Guernsey and still can't give Mark an answer. He offers to drive her to meet the boat and she accepts, though... (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. As the boat pulled... (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 true that she... (full context)
Part Two, 28th June, 1946
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...can look at them. Juliet also includes a postscript, thanking Sidney for the clipping of Mark dancing with another woman. She says he failed to send her into a jealous rage,... (full context)
Part Two, 6th July, 1946
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...her, but glances away when she looks at him. Sidney believes he's way better than Mark Reynolds, whom Sidney believes is a bully. Sidney says that Mark just wants Juliet because... (full context)
Part Two, 7th July, 1946
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...a gift. In a postscript, Juliet also tells Sophie about her horrendous phone call with Mark in which she again refused to marry him. (full context)
Part Two, 22nd July, 1946
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...desperately wanted to take his hand. Dawsey turned to her but before they could kiss, Mark arrived. (full context)
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Juliet wanted to kill Mark but greeted him anyway. She felt queasy as she introduced Dawsey and Mark. Dawsey left... (full context)
Part Two, 24th July, 1946
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...writes Sophie again and instructs her to burn this letter as well: she's just refused Mark for the last time and she feels free. The morning after Mark's arrival he showed... (full context)
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Mark tried to argue, but Juliet held firm. She feels now that after a year of... (full context)
Part Two, 9th August, 1946
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...that she can't answer any questions about Dawsey, as she never sees him anymore. After Mark showed up, Juliet and Dawsey stopped talking and it seems as though they're barely friends... (full context)