The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Eunice Gardiner Character Analysis

A member of the Brodie set famous for “her spritely gymnastics and glamorous swimming,” Eunice is at first quiet, and so it is strange that she joins the Brodie set at all; but she soon becomes very entertaining to the other girls, and fits right in. After graduating, Eunice becomes a nurse and marries a doctor.
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Eunice Gardiner Character Timeline in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The timeline below shows where the character Eunice Gardiner appears in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...prefect famous for her mathematical ability and violent anger. Rose Stanley is famous for sex. Eunice Gardiner, small and neat, is famous for “her spritely gymnastics and glamorous swimming.” Sandy Stranger... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...by this point Rose Stanley is not yet famous for sex. In fact, it is Eunice Gardiner who broaches the subject of sex with Sandy and Jenny by pointing out a... (full context)
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Eunice Gardiner is at first very quiet, and it is strange that she joins the Brodie... (full context)
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Some twenty-eight years after she did the splits in Miss Brodie’s apartment, Eunice, who has become a nurse and married a doctor by now, tells her husband while... (full context)
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...Brodie’s for tea, but instead takes the tramcar home. Later, however, when she thinks about Eunice doing somersaults and splits in Miss Brodie’s kitchen, she wishes she had gone to tea... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...imagined how the two teachers would initiate sexual intercourse together. They paused their conversation when Eunice Gardiner came over, for Eunice had “taken a religious turn,” albeit a short-lived one, and... (full context)
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Only Eunice from the Brodie set considers going on the Modern side. Eunice is too pious at... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...who had passed through her hands avoid the playing grounds except under compulsion, all save Eunice Gardiner, who is too good an athlete not to compete. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...life. Sandy is surprised to learn that Mr. Lloyd has also painted Monica Douglas and Eunice Gardiner—both images resemble Miss Brodie, which is not true of any of Mr. Lloyd’s portraits... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...the Brodie girls have outside interests, too, at this point in their lives in 1937. Eunice has a boyfriend; Monica and Mary take groceries to people living in slums; Jenny is... (full context)
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...and Jenny has enrolled at a school of dramatic art. While completing studies at Blaine, Eunice thinks she will go on to study modern languages, but becomes a nurse instead; Monica... (full context)