The Wars

The Wars


Timothy Findley

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Mrs. Ross’s younger brother who is killed in a trolley car accident when she is a young woman about to be married to Mr. Ross. Monty’s death is the first of many personal traumas she experiences. It seems to Mrs. Ross that the world is “full of trolley cars” and other threats, causing her to become paranoid of death and slip into alcoholism.

Monty Miles Raymond Quotes in The Wars

The The Wars quotes below are all either spoken by Monty Miles Raymond or refer to Monty Miles Raymond. 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 Penguin Australia edition of The Wars published in 1995.
Part 1, Chapter 29 Quotes

But Mrs. Ross just stood at the windows of the private car and was afraid to go outdoors. Her mind was full of trolley cars and she knew that if she tried to cross the tracks, then she and everyone would be struck down. Instead, she waved from behind the glass and she watched her boy depart and her husband standing in his black fur coat—it seemed for hours—with his arm in the air and the snow falling down around him. “Come on back to the raf’, Huck, honey.” And this was what they called the wars.

Page Number: 73
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Monty Miles Raymond Character Timeline in The Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Monty Miles Raymond appears in The Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 29
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When Mrs. Ross was a young woman about to be married to Tom, her brother Monty Miles Raymond was hit by a trolley car and killed. Now, Mrs. Ross feels that the world... (full context)
Part 4
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...the reader has read the deaths of 557,017 people thus far in the novel, including Monty Miles Raymond , Harris, and Rowena Ross. (full context)