We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Merricat’s cat. He seems to be the only being besides Constance that Merricat really loves, and he follows her everywhere. Merricat is (or at least believes herself to be) able to understand him speaking to her. Furthermore, if Merricat can be said to practice witchcraft, then Jonas acts as her familiar, an animal companion thought to increase witches’ powers.

Jonas Quotes in We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The We Have Always Lived in the Castle quotes below are all either spoken by Jonas or refer to Jonas. 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 Classics edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle published in 2016.
Chapter 10 Quotes

“I wonder if I could eat a child if I had the chance.”

“I doubt if I could cook one,” said Constance.

“Poor strangers,” I said. “They have so much to be afraid of.”

“Well,” Constance said, “I am afraid of spiders.”

“Jonas and I will see to it that no spider ever comes near you. Oh, Constance,” I said, “we are so happy.”

Related Characters: Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood (speaker), Constance Blackwood (speaker), Jonas
Related Symbols: Food
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:

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Jonas Character Timeline in We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The timeline below shows where the character Jonas appears in We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...pictures of Constance as a fairy princess because she was always so bright. Merricat’s cat, Jonas, follows the sisters into the house. Merricat locks the front door, because they mostly live... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...down the driveway. The day after Helen Clarke’s visit, Uncle Julian stays in bed, and Jonas is restless, often running all over the house. That morning Merricat thinks her family is... (full context)
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...has too many details to write down about the day of the poisoning. Merricat and Jonas follow them inside. Merricat asks whether Constance will take care of her when she’s old,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Merricat and Jonas go to the long field, where the grass is moving like an ocean in the... (full context)
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...she know that there’s a man approaching who’s probably already passing through town. Merricat and Jonas run back to the kitchen. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...her behavior, seeming almost as though she’s always expected Charles to appear. Charles asks what Jonas’s name is, and Merricat tells him. Charles says they’ll all be friends. He decides he’ll... (full context)
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Jonas sits in the doorway. Charles tells Jonas that Merricat doesn’t like him, and asks how... (full context)
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...kitchen, where Charles is smoking. When Constance goes outside to get Uncle Julian, Charles tells Jonas that Merricat doesn’t like him and wonders whether she knows how he gets back at... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...closely at Merricat. When Constance helps Uncle Julian into bed for a nap, Charles asks Jonas what Merricat would do if Constance didn’t love her and turned her out of the... (full context)
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Merricat goes to look for Jonas, and Charles returns with a scarf that Merricat had used to tie the gate shut.... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...without her dinner. She runs out to the field and sits in the middle with Jonas, where the high grass hides them. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Merricat can’t let the family eat dinner without her. When she returns, she and Jonas stand looking at the house with love. Merricat thinks it is almost clean of Charles’s... (full context)
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...the bedrooms upstairs. Constance says that Uncle Julian was more annoyed than frightened, as was Jonas, who went out the back door. She remarks how much scrubbing she’ll have to do... (full context)
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...berries. She brings Constance to a pile of leaves and a blanket in the corner. Jonas is already there. Merricat covers the entrance with branches and looks up at the stars... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...was her fault. Merricat says she loves her and requests a cake for herself and Jonas. Constance says she’s going to clean the kitchen. She goes to put the Dresden figurine... (full context)
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...is sad about her kitchen, but she’s neatened it up. Merricat suggests she could train Jonas to catch rabbits for them. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...much to fear, and Constance says she’s afraid of spiders. Merricat says that she and Jonas will keep all the spiders away from her. (full context)