Year of Wonders

by

Geraldine Brooks

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A young man who is among the servants fired by Colonel and Mrs. Bradford when the Bradfords flee from Eyam. Brand's own home town refuses to allow him to return out of fear of the plague, and brand ends up living with a farmer named Jakob Merril. Brand is unfailingly kind to Jakob and Jakob's children, and ultimately when Jakob dies of the plague he leaves Brand part-ownership of the farm.
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Brand Character Timeline in Year of Wonders

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Part 2: Wide Green Prison
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...stables. The servants are taken into other households, except for Maggie and the pantry boy, Brand, who are from the neighboring town of Bakewell and decide to return to their families.... (full context)
Part 2: So Soon to be Dust
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Maggie and Brand return bloody and bruised from Bakewell. While Brand was able to blend into the crowd,... (full context)
Part 2: Among Those That Go Down to the Pit
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The next day, Anna accompanies Mompellion to the Merrill farm, where Jakob Merril is dying. Brand, still living at the farm, is distracting Jakob’s son Seth while Anna relieves the ten-year-old... (full context)
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On a more earthly note, Mompellion says that God has sent Brand to Jakob as a gift, to protect and take care of his children. He arranges... (full context)
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...will know where the dead are buried even if it isn’t in the churchyard. As Brand carries a dazed Mompellion out of the church, the congregation recites Psalm 88, a desperate... (full context)
Part 2: The Press of Their Ghosts
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...John on the Edge and the surrounding moors, but can’t find him. A week later Brand sees Gordon’s body at the bottom of the Edge; he has fallen off the cliff... (full context)
Part 2: A Great Burning
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As the villagers watch their possessions burn, Brand and Robert Snee arrive, carrying Aphra, who is dressed and veiled in black. Brand has... (full context)
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...and says that they will formally bring charges against Aphra the next morning. He tells Brand and Robert to take charge of Aphra until the hearing. Meanwhile, Anna takes Aphra’s daughter,... (full context)
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In their rage at Aphra’s behavior, Brand and Robert confine her in a particularly cruel manner. Robert stores manure from his pigs... (full context)
Part 3: Apple-Picking Time
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...next to her brothers. Since no one wants Aphra buried within the village, Anna and Brand dig her a grave next to Josiah on the moors. After Anna washes and prepares... (full context)