The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Miss Adelaide Addison Character Analysis

Adelaide is a Guernsey islander who takes it upon herself to police the morals and righteousness of everyone on the island. She writes Juliet to tell her that Kit is an illegitimate child fathered by a Nazi, and that Kit's birth was improper—Dawsey and Amelia acted as midwives. She finds it repugnant that the Society members all care for Kit in turn and implores Juliet to not write about the Society, as she believes it's a sham. From others, Juliet learns that nobody knows why Adelaide is so horrible. She hates fun and anyone who isn't extremely humble. Though she tells Juliet all about how Elizabeth used to watch people through a telescope as a child, Adelaide isn't above spying on Juliet with her opera glasses. Isola writes Juliet and tells her that when the Guernsey children were being evacuated, Adelaide told the children to pray and to behave so that if their parents died, their parents could be proud of them. Elizabeth slapped her for this.

Miss Adelaide Addison 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 Miss Adelaide Addison or refer to Miss Adelaide Addison. 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: 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

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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Miss Adelaide Addison Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Adelaide Addison 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, 1st March, 1946
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Miss Adelaide Addison writes to Juliet. She says that she laughed when she heard that Juliet wants... (full context)
Part One, 12th March, 1946
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Adelaide Addison writes Juliet again. She feels she must tell the whole truth: the Society is... (full context)
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Adelaide says she's not proud of knowing these things, as being proud wouldn't be Christian. However,... (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 others from Isola and Clovis. Because of those letters, her article is coming... (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 the war, there were... (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 to find Dawsey to help her distribute the parish... (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 Lamb biography arrived. Dawsey has already read it... (full context)
Part One, 22nd April, 1946
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...says he's asked Isola to write about what happened at the school, as Elizabeth slapped Adelaide. Juliet promptly sends Isola a telegram asking for details. (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 had volunteers walk kids... (full context)
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The shock of seeing Elizabeth slap Adelaide seemed to snap the kids out of their fear and sadness. Isola says that it... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd May, 1946
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...smile. Then, Juliet met Amelia. Juliet noticed a flashing light and Isola said it was Adelaide with her opera glasses. (full context)
Part Two, 17th September, 1946
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...writing, and Juliet says he's no longer shy. She includes a postscript saying that even Adelaide is happy they're getting married and formalizing their relationship. (full context)