Mama’s sister and Corrie’s aunt, who lives in the Beje for most of Corrie’s childhood. One of the most devout members of the family, Tante Jans is a well-known writer of religious tracts; as a child, Corrie feels that she is very important because she supervises many charitable initiatives and often meets with wealthy donors. At the same time, Tante Jans is oblivious to more prosaic matters like housework, most of which falls to Mama and Tante Anna. While Corrie respects her aunt, through this contrast she implies that tangible efforts to care for a family and help others are more important than theological discussions. Tante Jans dies of diabetes when Corrie is a teenager.
Tante Jans Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character Tante Jans appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...for a more presentable outfit. Meanwhile, Nollie declares that she won’t wear the ugly hat Tante Jans has bought her. Instead, she produces a tiny fur hat, which the milliner kindly gave... (full context)
...erstwhile charges—but Father says it doesn’t matter. Mama warns them quietly to be nice to Tante Jans today, as it’s the anniversary of the death of a distant friend. Such things upset... (full context)
...dies. Mama and Tante Anna deal with their sadness by redoubling their charitable efforts, and Tante Jans responds by dwelling on the possibility of death even more than before. A few years... (full context)