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John Shipley is a very interesting character in Margaret Laurences novel The Stone Angel The story is written from the point of view of Hagar Shipley who is Johns mother We see John as he is portrayed through his mothers eyes Hagar loved her son very much and it is possible her view of him is bias because of this In this novel John Shipley is portrayed to us as being smart cold and wild John was described by his mother as being somewhat intelligent He could count up to a hundred with no trouble at all before he went to school and knew all his letters perfectly Laurence pg 123 Here is a quote that shows us just how smart John was Even before he went to school he knew numbers and letters John is shown to have been a quick thinker one time when Hagar is talking about her other son Marvin Hagar makes the statement Hes such a slow thinker Marvin He could never make up an excuse on the spur of the moment as John could Laurence pg 117 It talks mainly about Marvin but the statement is made that he is not like John implying John to be a quick thinker Hagar portrays John to be smart in this novel John was a secretive man in a sense He never really told anyone how he felt He was cold We see how cold he is when other characters ask him how he feels or if anything is wrong When Jess asks him a question like this the reply she receives is Nothings the matter Everythings okay Everythings all right Laurence pg 195 Hes secretive and cold about his emotions and he wont let anyone in Even when he cries if someone reaches out to him he pulls back We are shown an example of this when John is crying once But when I tried to put an
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