Neither of them ever graduated, the narrator tells us. Eloise beckons her over to speak to Mary Jane. Ramona has an imaginary friend, whom she calls Jimmy. After an ellipsis, we find Eloise and Mary Jane deep in conversation about a man named Walt.

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March 20, Salinger, J. Boston: Little, Brown, Character List: Eloise Wengler — the woman of the house where the story is set, mother of Ramona and wife of Lew, former girlfriend of Walt Glass. Is a member of the Glass family. The women had been roommates in college, though neither of them graduated.

Eloise had been caught with a solider in her dorm maybe that soldier was Walt? Eloise and Mary Jane start drinking and talking about their college days, and about mutual friends. Mary Jane keeps insisting that she needs to leave, but Eloise keeps the drinks coming and they both sit and drink and smoke for a while. Ramona has an imaginary friend named Jimmy Jimereeno. Ramona later informs Mary Jane and Eloise that Jimmy is dead, having been hit by a car.

Eloise talks about Walt, her ex-boyfriend, and gets very sentimental. Mary Jane and Eloise discuss how Walt died in the war, and Eloise continues to get even more emotional. Later, Grace asks Eloise if her husband can stay the night, because the weather is so bad. Eloise tells her that he cannot stay, and Grace acquiesces. Ramona is only sleeping on one side of her bed, and Eloise asks her why, since Jimmy is dead.

Ramona tells her that she is making room for her new friend, Mickey Mickeranno. Eloise is cross with Ramona, telling her to get in the center of the bed immediately. Ramona is afraid and shuts her eyes. She puts the glasses back down on the nightstand, lenses down, still wet with her tears. She leans over her daughter, who has been crying, and kisses her and staggers out of the room. Eloise goes downstairs, wakes up Mary Jane, and reminds her of a time that someone at school made a mean comment about a dress Eloise wore.

She says that she cried all night about it. In stories where the children are focused and for lack of a better term triumphant, the story represents a type of enlightenment. A Note on J. Needs synopsis — Gale has a listing for this article, but no full text is available, and it seems that the book is in German.


Reader’s Guide – “Uncle Wiggily In Connecticut”

Plot summary[ edit ] The story unfolds at the upscale Wengler home; all the characters who appear in the scene are female. Eloise Wengler is a middle-aged and jaded suburbanite housewife in an unhappy marriage to Lew Wengler. Mary Jane is her former college roommate who works part-time as a secretary. She is divorced. Neither woman graduated from the college they attended together. Socially inept, withdrawn and bespectacled, she is accompanied everywhere by her imaginary friend, Jimmy Jimmereeno.


Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut

March 20, Salinger, J. Boston: Little, Brown, Character List: Eloise Wengler — the woman of the house where the story is set, mother of Ramona and wife of Lew, former girlfriend of Walt Glass.


Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut by J.D. Salinger

Salinger we have the theme of loss, disillusion, youth, insecurity, love and escape. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Salinger may be exploring the theme of escape. There is the fact that Eloise spends the entirety of the story drinking, preferring not to have to deal with the realities of life wife and mother. It is quite possible that Eloise may spend every day drinking as Salinger makes no suggestion to the reader that she does anything else with her day. It is also noticeable that Ramona has two imaginary friends Jimmy and Mickey , the reader sensing that her escape into a world populated with imaginary friends is triggered by the lack of love her mother shows her. Throughout the story Eloise shows very little affection or understanding to her daughter though she does appear to change at the end of the story.

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