The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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Sophie Strachan Character Analysis

Sophie Strachan (née Stark) is Juliet's close friend and confidante, and Sidney's younger sister. She lives in Scotland with her husband, Alexander, and her three-year-old son, Dominic. Juliet and Sophie met as young teens at boarding school. Sophie was a perfect-looking girl with blond curls, and when she heard that Juliet planned to run away as soon as she found a train timetable, Sophie found a timetable and gave it to Juliet. In the following years, the girls bonded over a shared love of novels and the Brontë sisters especially. After school, Sophie and Juliet lived together and worked in a bookshop, where Sophie introduced customers to her favorite books. She married Alexander not long after. Though Sophie never writes letters herself, she corresponds often with both Juliet and Sidney. She cares deeply for both and wants to do what she can to help them; she nearly flies to Australia when she learns that Sidney broke his leg. Sophie isn't particularly good at sneakily finding out details of Juliet's romances; she asks direct questions like whether Juliet is in love or not. She becomes pregnant with her second baby over the summer while Juliet is in Guernsey.

Sophie Strachan 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 Sophie Strachan or refer to Sophie Strachan. 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: 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 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: 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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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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Sophie Strachan Character Timeline in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The timeline below shows where the character Sophie Strachan 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, 10th January, 1946
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...the audience, like she did once when she was a teen. Sidney explains that while Sophie wants the tour extended to Scotland so she can see Juliet, he's doing his best... (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 Scotland. She says... (full context)
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...always been bad with men and thinks that she should lower her standards. She asks Sophie if the furnace man was her one true love, even if the two of them... (full context)
Part One, 23rd January, 1946
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...loves hearing other women's stories of the war. She asks if Sidney remembers Juliet and Sophie's boss when they worked in his bookshop. He'd order extra books so they could read... (full context)
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...Europeans who need assistance are Germans. In closing, Juliet explains she's stopping in to see Sophie and offers to pass on messages for Sidney. (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. She explains... (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... (full context)
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...to boarding school. Instead of going to college afterwards, Juliet lived in a studio with Sophie Stark, worked in bookshops, and wrote a biography on a Brontë sister. (full context)
Part One, 13th February, 1946
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...away. Reverend Simpless suggested a boarding school and there, Juliet thrived. She became friends with Sophie and Sidney and that helped immensely. Reverend Simpless closes by saying that Juliet is extremely... (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 happy he's there... (full context)
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...too. Juliet explains that her teacher had assigned the book over a holiday. She and Sophie whined about it for two days, started reading, and then spent the rest of the... (full context)
Part One, 20th-23rd March, 1946
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...horse and broke his leg. He says that Piers is nursing him. Juliet then writes Sophie, imploring her to not run off to Australia to take care of Sidney. She reminds... (full context)
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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 to be more... (full context)
Part One, 20th April, 1946
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...sent Juliet to boarding school when she was thirteen, where Juliet promptly decided to hate Sophie Stark. Sophie was very kind and when Juliet spat that she'd run away as soon... (full context)
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After school, Juliet and Sophie rented a flat in London and worked in a bookshop while Juliet wrote at night.... (full context)
Part One, 1st May, 1946
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Juliet writes to Sophie about her proposal. She says that Mark offered her a huge diamond ring and is... (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 girls and one of the dashing... (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... (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... (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... (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 last night... (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 Dawsey from... (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 Mark for... (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 sunny and... (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 of "Pre-Birthing... (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 collect the... (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 in Isola's... (full context)
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...the appointment to talk about adopting Kit and fears he won't agree. She asks if Sophie and Dominic will act as character references, and shares Mr. Dilwyn's plan to restore Lord... (full context)