Don’t you just love larger-than-life characters? The ones who jump off the page and grab you? Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t be indifferent to them.Elizabeth McKenna is not physically present in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow, nevertheless she is the heart of the story.
I would love to know about the characters who just won’t leave you! Most of you will probably post about how much you love (or loathe) each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Write a love poem in elvish for Aragorn. Draw a picture of Harry obliterating Voldemort. The possibilities are endless.
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Elizabeth has a talent for drawing people to her. They might normally be loners, but no one can resist her charm. She is the one who stuck a disparate group of people with such an awful name for a society.
What really stands out about Elizabeth is her loyalty and courage. One character describes her as "fierce in her feelings." She isn't even a Guernsey native, but when they realize the German occupation is coming, she chooses to stay with her closest friend, who is pregnant and can't leave the island. She is an artist but she chooses to work as a nurse during the Occupation, helping where she can. She is finally arrested and sent away to a concentration camp when she is caught helping one of the Polish slaves the Germans brought with them. She still hasn't been heard from as the book opens at the end of the war.
She has a gift for spreading laughter and beauty wherever she goes. One person tells a story about their laughter as Elizabeth took up the unsavory task of treating her for scabies. It was unpleasant for both of them but they both giggled as they played a clever game Elizabeth invented. Someone who was in the concentration camp with Elizabeth tells about how Elizbeth took her to watch a beautiful sunset in an out-of-the way place.
Really, Elizabeth's character is generally summed up in a dedication her lover made to her in a book of poetry: "To Elizabeth--who turns darkness into light."
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