The Stone Angel

by

Margaret Laurence

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Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father Character Analysis

Hagar’s father. A Scottish immigrant from a prominent but not particularly wealthy family of proud, strong Highlanders, Jason Currie originally rose to prominence in Manawaka as the founder and proprietor of the town’s first general store. A strict and sometimes abusive man, Jason Currie demands total control over his children’s lives and behaviors—ultimately leading to Hagar’s rogue defiance of his wishes for her. After Hagar chooses to marry Bram against her father’s orders, Jason disowns Hagar and cuts her out of his sizable will, instead leaving all of his hard-earned money to the town of Manawaka itself. A hardscrabble widower who gives everything for his children only watch them leave him, one by one, through illness and defiance, Jason’s life foreshadows Hagar’s own. Though she took a vastly different path than her father and did everything she could to distance herself from him both physically and emotionally, their lives ultimately took remarkably similar paths.

Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father Quotes in The Stone Angel

The The Stone Angel quotes below are all either spoken by Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father or refer to Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father. 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

Above the town, on the hill brow, the stone angel used to stand. I wonder if she stands there yet, in memory of her who relinquished her feeble ghost as I gained my stubborn one, my mother’s angel that my father bought in pride to mark her bones and proclaim his dynasty, as he fancied, forever and a day.

Summer and winter she viewed the town with sightless eyes. She was doubly blind, not only stone but unendowed with even a pretense of sight. Whoever carved her had left the eyeballs blank. It seemed strange to me that she should stand above the town, harking us all to heaven without knowing who we were at all. But I was too young then to know her purpose, although my father often told me she had been brought from Italy at a terrible expense and was pure white marble. I think now she must have been carved in that distant sun by stone masons who were the cynical descendants of Bernini, gouging out her like by the score, gauging with admirable accuracy the needs of fledgling pharaohs in an uncouth land.

Related Characters: Hagar Shipley (speaker), Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father
Related Symbols: The Stone Angel
Page Number: 3
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Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father Character Timeline in The Stone Angel

The timeline below shows where the character Jason Currie / Hagar’s Father appears in The Stone Angel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Choices and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
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...the world in 1886, “relinquish[ing] her feeble ghost as [Hagar] gained [her] stubborn one.” Her father, Jason Currie, brought the “sightless” stone angel in from Italy “at a terrible expense” to... (full context)
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...a spirited young girl who enjoyed tormenting her governess, Auntie Doll, and dreaded helping her father Jason out at his prosperous general store, the first in their town. Despite her wariness... (full context)
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...his talk of being a self-made man and “pulling himself up by his bootstraps,” Hagar’s father Jason Currie came from a good family. His father had been a silk importer and... (full context)
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...fell through a patch of thin ice. Matt and Hagar hurried him home, where their father scolded Dan for not watching where he was going. Dan soon came down with pneumonia,... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...that her brother Matt should be the one to benefit from higher education, but their father was staunch in insisting that only Hagar would be allowed to go away because while... (full context)
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...the kind of life [she’d] ultimately” lead, but still a source of pride for her father. Though Hagar confessed that she wanted to use her new skills to teach back East,... (full context)
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Some time later, Hagar received a marriage proposal from Bram, and told her father of her intent to accept. Jason was infuriated and forbade Hagar from marrying anyone. Hagar... (full context)
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Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
...Hagar was disappointed to learn that even after the death of his second son, her father still did not want a relationship with her. Even when her son Marvin was born,... (full context)
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Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
...their years together. Hagar considers the chair she is sitting in—something she took from her father’s house after he died, though he willed her no money or possessions and instead left... (full context)