The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Mrs. Amelia Maugery Character Analysis

Amelia Maugery is one of only a few highly educated people on Guernsey. She houses the library for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. In her sixties, Amelia is described as being extremely beautiful, kind, and fiercely protective of her friends and chosen family. Her protective nature shines through when she begins corresponding with Juliet and asks first for Juliet to assure her that she won't make fun of the Society. As Juliet learns more about the Society's history and about Elizabeth, Amelia shares that she's also very protective of Kit: while she feels that they have an obligation to look for any of Kit's German relatives, Amelia is also uneasy about possibly having to send Kit to live with Nazis in a foreign and destroyed country. Though she was initially wary about Elizabeth's romance with Christian, she too came to see Christian as a good, honest, and kind man. Amelia struggles to come to terms with the horrors of the war and the constant reminders that it happened. She lost her son Ian in the war and she sees the bunkers the Todt laborers built as a constant reminder of the war's atrocities. This becomes especially pronounced when the Society receives a letter from a Frenchwoman named Remy with news of Elizabeth's death. Amelia and Dawsey visit Remy, and Amelia finds Remy's emaciated and frail appearance extremely difficult to bear. When Remy does agree to visit Guernsey, she stays with Amelia while Kit, who was in Amelia's care, lives with Juliet. When Juliet later approaches Amelia about her desire to adopt Kit, Amelia cries with relief and promises to support Juliet and speak to Kit's legal guardian and the lawyer in charge, Mr. Dilwyn, whom she's known since he was a boy.

Mrs. Amelia Maugery 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 Mrs. Amelia Maugery or refer to Mrs. Amelia Maugery. 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: 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

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: 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: 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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Mrs. Amelia Maugery Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Part One, 12th January, 1946
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...Pie Society came about because of a secret roast pig. He mentions that his friend Mrs. Maugery owns one of Juliet's old pamphlets and finds Juliet's margin notes amusing. (full context)
Part One, 31st January, 1946
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...specific crops to grow. People tried to keep pigs secret with varying success. One afternoon, Mrs. Maugery sent a note asking Dawsey to come with a butcher knife: she'd managed to keep... (full context)
Part One, 6th and 7th February, 1946
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...the Society would like to be included in her articles. He explains that he's asked Mrs. Maugery to write Juliet about their meetings, as she's more educated. Dawsey says that he hasn't... (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... (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 Spectator felt... (full context)
Part One, 12th February, 1946
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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... (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... (full context)
Part One, 17th-18th February, 1946
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Amelia writes Juliet and thanks her for the character references. She says that several members should... (full context)
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...asked if he could attend meetings and Elizabeth assured him he'd be welcome. Then, Elizabeth, Amelia, and Eben bought as many books as they could and casually visited every member and... (full context)
Part One, 19th February, 1946
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Isola tells Juliet about herself. She lives in a small cottage near Amelia's farm and has chickens, a goat, and a parrot. She sells vegetables and elixirs at... (full context)
Part One, 20th February, 1946
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...anything for Dawsey because of some soap. She mentions that she's received wonderful letters from Amelia and Isola, and had no idea that the Germans didn't even permit letters to or... (full context)
Part One, 28th February, 1946
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...Eben says that though he hadn't wanted to ever talk about the war, he trusts Amelia's judgment and wants to help with Juliet's article. He says that before the Society began,... (full context)
Part One, 3rd March, 1946
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...about Eli and about the other Guernsey children who were evacuated. Then, she asks how Amelia hid the pig and praises Elizabeth's bravery and quick thinking. Juliet says she hopes Elizabeth... (full context)
Part One, 4th March, 1946
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Clovis includes a postscript about a book that Amelia lent him, The Oxford Book of Modern Verse, 1892-1935. Yeats selected the included poems and... (full context)
Part One, 10th March, 1946
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...would count them all. If a piglet died, a farmer was given a death certificate. Amelia got her pig from Will Thisbee. One of Will's pigs died, so he got the... (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... (full context)
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...but the truth is bad enough. In April of 1942, Elizabeth gave birth. Eben, Isola, Amelia, and Dawsey attended the birth. Christian wasn't there; he'd been sent to the continent not... (full context)
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...birth, Elizabeth sheltered an escaped prisoner and was sent to a prison on the continent. Amelia took over caring for Kit, but the other Society members care for her in turn... (full context)
Part One, 27th March, 1946
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Booker worked his way through the cellar uninterrupted until September, when Elizabeth and Amelia warned him that the Germans wanted to register all Jews on the island. Elizabeth knew... (full context)
Part One, 31st March, 1946
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...letters she's received from Guernsey. She says she's in love with Dawsey and Eben, wants Amelia to adopt her, and would like to adopt Isola. She writes that she spends all... (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 rubble so she... (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.... (full context)
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Amelia says she'll never forget how those bunkers were built by the Todt slave workers. Hitler... (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... (full context)
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Amelia says she feels obligated to look for any German relations of Kit's, but she feels... (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... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd May, 1946
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...was in the hospital, and Juliet believes Dawsey has the sweetest smile. Then, Juliet met Amelia. Juliet noticed a flashing light and Isola said it was Adelaide with her opera glasses. (full context)
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...safe, and Juliet realized that everyone depends on Dawsey to do this. He drove Juliet, Amelia, and Kit to Amelia's farm in the country, passing the bunkers as they went. Juliet... (full context)
Part Two, 6th June, 1946
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Juliet says that Amelia recently told her a story about Elizabeth and her son, Ian. When Ian was about... (full context)
Part Two, 16th June, 1946
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Amelia writes to Remy and thanks her for her letter and the news of Elizabeth. She... (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... (full context)
Part Two, 28th June, 1946
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...sent for Kit. She explains that Kit will stay with her for a while, as Amelia is tired after the trip to France and Remy might yet come to stay with... (full context)
Part Two, 1st July, 1946; Wednesday; Friday
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...wants to have a supper party too so he can meet Eben, Isola, Dawsey, and Amelia. Juliet is thrilled and explains that Isola will host Sidney. On Friday, Isola slips a... (full context)
Part Two, 8th July, 1946
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...invites him back whenever he'd like. Isola also says that when she had Dawsey and Amelia over for tea yesterday, Amelia mentioned that she was sure he and Juliet were going... (full context)
Part Two, 15th July, 1946
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...voice is perfect. She shares that 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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...drawings are of Kit or Society members. There's one of Christian. Upon seeing the drawing, Amelia explained that she'd been set against Christian, as she was afraid. Christian came to visit... (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... (full context)
Part Two, 24th July, 1946
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...Mark left two hours after their fight and Juliet spent her afternoon eating pie with Amelia. In a postscript, Juliet assures Sophie that this doesn't mean anything about Dawsey. (full context)
Part Two, 27th July, 1946
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...him that Remy needs to stay warm and be around cheerful people. Dawsey knows that Amelia will keep Remy warm and fed, but Dawsey says that he knows he's not a... (full context)
Part Two, 1st August, 1946
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...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 and... (full context)
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...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 her own... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd August, 1946
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...unmarried and without steady income. Juliet hasn't told anyone yet; she's too afraid of what Amelia and Dawsey would think. She wonders if Kit would even agree to go to London. (full context)
Part Two, 6th September, 1946
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...crimes by using her knowledge of human nature. Isola promptly borrowed Miss Marple books from Amelia and has decided to train herself to solve mysteries—not that there are any on Guernsey.... (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... (full context)
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...that Christian gave to Elizabeth. In the book was the note that Elizabeth left for Amelia on the night she was arrested. Elizabeth's medal was there too. After she'd looked at... (full context)