Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio


Sherwood Anderson

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Alice Hindman Character Analysis

A twenty-seven-year-old clerk at Winney’s Dry Goods Store. When Alice was a teenager, she had a passionate love affair with a man named Ned Currie who promised to stay with her forever. Ned eventually moves to Cleveland (and later Chicago) to pursue his career and at first writes Alice almost daily, but soon forgets about her and his life in Winesburg. Alice is crushed and never able to move on from Ned or find meaning in her life without him. She convinces herself that she is one of many people who is destined to “live and die alone.”

Alice Hindman Quotes in Winesburg, Ohio

The Winesburg, Ohio quotes below are all either spoken by Alice Hindman or refer to Alice Hindman. 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:
Coming of Age, Independence, and Manhood Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of Winesburg, Ohio published in 1993.
12. Adventure Quotes

“What is the matter with me? I will do something dreadful if I am not careful,” she thought, and turning her face to the wall, began trying to force herself to face bravely the fact that many people must live and die alone, even in Winesburg.

Related Characters: Alice Hindman (speaker), The Narrator (speaker), Ned Currie
Page Number: 105
Explanation and Analysis:
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Alice Hindman Character Timeline in Winesburg, Ohio

The timeline below shows where the character Alice Hindman appears in Winesburg, Ohio. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
12. Adventure
Grief Theme Icon
Alice Hindman, a clerk at Winney’s Dry Goods Store, lives with her mother and stepfather in... (full context)
Alienation Theme Icon
Grief Theme Icon
Faith, Fate, and Meaning Theme Icon getting a job in Cleveland and moved onto Chicago instead. At first, he wrote Alice almost every day but gradually forgot about her and his old life in Winesburg. Alice... (full context)
Alienation Theme Icon
Grief Theme Icon
Faith, Fate, and Meaning Theme Icon
In the present day, twenty-seven-year-old Alice decides to have an “adventure” that scares and confuses her but also fills her with... (full context)