The Stone Angel

by

Margaret Laurence

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Matt Currie Character Analysis

Hagar’s older brother. The stronger of the two, Matt nonetheless succumbs to influenza in his twenties and dies, resentful of Hagar until his last days for the fact that she received an education while he wasn’t allowed to—and also because she refused to comfort their dying brother Dan in his final hours, leaving the painful task to Matt.

Matt Currie Quotes in The Stone Angel

The The Stone Angel quotes below are all either spoken by Matt Currie or refer to Matt 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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Matt Currie Character Timeline in The Stone Angel

The timeline below shows where the character Matt 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
...father, Hagar 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... (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... (full context)
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...that must have been thirty below zero, Dan fell through a patch of thin ice. Matt and Hagar hurried him home, where their father scolded Dan for not watching where he... (full context)
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Choices and Identity Theme Icon
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Matt informed Hagar that Dan was calling out for their mother, who died when he was... (full context)
Chapter 2
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When it was time for Hagar to go to college, she knew that her brother Matt should be the one to benefit from higher education, but their father was staunch in... (full context)
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...herself at twenty—still “handsome” and oddly beautiful—she again dives back into reverie, recalling her brother Matt’s death. (full context)
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Matt died of influenza during a terrible season that his wife Mavis nursed him through. He... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...a group of equally wild boys, the Tonerres, sons of Jules Tonerre—a boy who’d been Matt’s friend growing up. John and his friends often dared one another to walk across a... (full context)