The Stone Angel

by

Margaret Laurence

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Hagar’s older brother. A weak, frail child who milks every sickness he endures to gain affection from Jason and Auntie Doll, Dan eventually succumbs to pneumonia and dies. Hagar’s failure to comfort him in her final hours is a pivotal moment of indecision in her life, and comes to affect the choices she makes as a young woman.

Dan Currie Quotes in The Stone Angel

The The Stone Angel quotes below are all either spoken by Dan Currie or refer to Dan Currie. 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 University of Chicago Press edition of The Stone Angel published in 1964.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“Do you know what he’s got in his dresser, Hagar?” Matt went on. “An old plaid shawl—it was hers. He used to go to sleep holding it, as a kid, I remember. I thought it had got thrown out years ago. But it’s still there.”

He turned to me then, and held both my hands in his, the only time I ever recall my brother Matt doing such a thing.

“Hagar—put it on and hold him for a while.”

I stiffened and drew away my hands. “I can’t. Oh Matt, I’m sorry, but I can’t, I can’t. I’m not a bit like her.” “He wouldn’t know,” Matt said angrily. “He’s out of his head.” But all I could think of was that meek woman I’d never seen, the woman Dan was said to resemble so much and from whom he’d inherited a frailty I could not help but detest, however much a part of me wanted to sympathize. To play at being her—it was beyond me.

“I can’t, Matt.” I was crying, shaken by torments he never even suspected, wanting above all else to do the thing he asked, but unable to do it, unable to bend enough.

Related Characters: Hagar Shipley (speaker), Matt Currie (speaker), Dan Currie
Page Number: 25
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Dan Currie Character Timeline in The Stone Angel

The timeline below shows where the character Dan Currie appears in The Stone Angel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
...can see now that she was always more like him than her brothers, Matt and Dan, who were “graceful unspirited boys” and took after their dead mother. Hagar, on the other... (full context)
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Hagar’s older brothers, Matt and Dan, often helped out at her father’s store, though he never paid them a cent for... (full context)
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...frozen river nearby. One year, on a day that must have been thirty below zero, Dan fell through a patch of thin ice. Matt and Hagar hurried him home, where their... (full context)
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Choices and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
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Matt informed Hagar that Dan was calling out for their mother, who died when he was four, and suggested that... (full context)
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Choices and Identity Theme Icon
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...inability to do the thing that needed to be done—and reminded of the incident with Dan. (full context)