The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

by

Katherine Anne Porter

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Cornelia is Granny Weatherall’s daughter, and is the child seemingly most involved in caring for her sick mother. Readers are not told much about her other than through Granny’s (mostly irritable) opinions of her, but Cornelia seems exceptionally kind and patient, and is trying her best to make her mother comfortable despite Granny Weatherall’s constant criticism.

Cornelia Quotes in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The The Jilting of Granny Weatherall quotes below are all either spoken by Cornelia or refer to Cornelia . 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 Harcourt edition of The Jilting of Granny Weatherall published in 1979.
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Quotes

Cornelia was dutiful; that was the trouble with her. Dutiful and good: “So good and dutiful,” said Granny, “that I’d like to spank her.”

Related Characters: Granny / Ellen Weatherall (speaker), Cornelia
Page Number: 81
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cornelia Character Timeline in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The timeline below shows where the character Cornelia appears in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Granny hears Cornelia and Doctor Harry whispering outside in the hallway. They claim that she was never “like... (full context)
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...old” and claimed it was because he drank a “noggin of hot toddy” every day. Cornelia comes back into the room, and Granny asks her for the same drink. (full context)
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Again Granny hears Cornelia talking about her behind her back, saying she is “childish,” and Granny becomes annoyed. She... (full context)
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Granny is brought back into consciousness by Cornelia wiping her face with a cold cloth. She thinks to herself that she doesn’t like... (full context)
Cornelia seems to be speaking to Granny, but Granny can’t understand what she’s saying. Cornelia explains... (full context)
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Granny slips back into reality as Cornelia asks her if there is anything Granny wants. Granny replies that she has “changed her... (full context)
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...her children as to what to do with her possessions after she dies. She reassures Cornelia that she won’t die yet. (full context)