The Longest Memory

by

Fred D’Aguiar

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Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter Character Analysis

Whitechapel’s great-granddaughter feels pity and compassion for her grandfather, whom she knows has been suffering terribly since the death of his son, Chapel. Her recollections of the times Whitechapel used to wash her force her to understand that her conception of freedom is opposed to his, but also highlight her love for him, as she appreciates how he takes care of her.

Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter Quotes in The Longest Memory

The The Longest Memory quotes below are all either spoken by Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter or refer to Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter. 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:
Freedom vs. Obedience Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Longest Memory published in 2017.
Chapter 12: Great Granddaughter Quotes

He never talked about Africa. It was his view, I found out later, that such talk promoted day dreams and insolence on the plantation. He said Africa was his past and not ours. If anyone had the right to dream about it, he did and he chose not to, so why should anyone else.

Related Characters: Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter (speaker), Whitechapel
Related Symbols: Paradise
Page Number: 125
Explanation and Analysis:
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Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter Character Timeline in The Longest Memory

The timeline below shows where the character Whitechapel’s Great-Granddaughter appears in The Longest Memory. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: Great Granddaughter
Freedom vs. Obedience Theme Icon
Racism and Inequality Theme Icon
Whitechapel’s great granddaughter recalls the memory of Whitechapel washing her and complaining about New England lice being more... (full context)
Freedom vs. Obedience Theme Icon
Racism and Inequality Theme Icon
The great granddaughter enjoys Whitechapel’s washing sessions, because she thinks of him as “African Great Grandfather.” She tells... (full context)
Freedom vs. Obedience Theme Icon
Racism and Inequality Theme Icon
When the great granddaughter is done telling Whitechapel her dream, he tells her that she should not think of... (full context)
Punishment and Cruelty Theme Icon
Love, Sex, and Family Theme Icon
The great granddaughter recalls Whitechapel’s second marriage and the sadness that marked his face after his wife, Cook,... (full context)
Punishment and Cruelty Theme Icon
Love, Sex, and Family Theme Icon
Instead of dreams about Africa, the great granddaughter now has nightmares of beatings. She wonders if there is a way anyone could have... (full context)