The Wars

The Wars


Timothy Findley

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An old friend of Clive d’Orsey and ex-lover of Barbara d’Orsey. Juliet d’Orsey believes that Jamie and Clive, who grew up riding horses together, were emotionally in love with each other in the same way Robert Ross loved Harris. Barbara was intensely jealous of their relationship and stole Jamie away from another woman after he returns on leave from World War I as a decorated hero. After returning to war, Jamie is badly burned and has his vocal cords destroyed in a fire. Robert sees Jamie encased in bandages when Barbara and Captain Taffler come to visit him at the same London hospital where Robert is visiting Harris.

Captain James / Jamie Villiers Quotes in The Wars

The The Wars quotes below are all either spoken by Captain James / Jamie Villiers or refer to Captain James / Jamie Villiers. 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:
Trauma and War Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Australia edition of The Wars published in 1995.
Part 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

And what I hate these days is the people who weren’t there and they look back and say we became inured. Your heart froze over—yes. But to say we got used to it! God—that makes me so angry! No. Everything was sharp. Immediate. Men and women like Robert and Barbara—Harris and Taffler…you met and you saw so clearly and cut so sharply into one another’s lives. So there wasn’t any rubbish. You lived without the rubbish of intrigue and the long drawn-out propriety of romance and you simply touched the other person with your life.

Page Number: 114
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Captain James / Jamie Villiers Character Timeline in The Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Captain James / Jamie Villiers appears in The Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 10
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Blame, Revenge, and Justice Theme Icon
...bandaged man is screaming in silent agony. A nurse tells him that the man is Captain Villiers , whose vocal cords were destroyed when he was trapped in a fire. She comments... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...Lady Juliet d’Orsey, she recalls that her sister Barbara met Robert because of Harris and Jamie Villiers, the bandaged man Barbara and Taffler visited in the hospital. Jamie was a close... (full context)
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
Juliet reflects that Jamie and Clive were in love and remembers that Barbara stole Jamie away from another woman... (full context)
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Blame, Revenge, and Justice Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...and foster deep connections. Juliet reflects that this reality is what made Barbara’s silence in Jamie’s presence at the hospital so cruel—she refused to give anything of herself to him. (full context)