S4L Book Club – Elizabeth and Juliet

Stitching for Literacy Book Club - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyI don’t want to beat a dead horse or anything, but this is something that sticks with me. Did anyone else come to see Juliet and Elizabeth as “twinsies,” as my niece would say?

They’re both intelligent and clever. Elizabeth comes up with the literary society idea on the spot, under intense pressure, and Juliet’s letters are full of keen observations and wit.

They’re both adventurous. Elizabeth doesn’t shrink from her relationship with a German soldier and the baby it produces. Juliet rejects a seemingly good offer of marriage and moves to Guernsey.

They’re both brave and loyal. Elizabeth supports and defends her companions in the work camp, and Juliet does the same for Kit, and there’s the teapot incident.

In Guernsey, Juliet lives in Elizabeth’s house and becomes a mother to Elizabeth’s daughter. She seems to fill Elizabeth’s shoes in the literary society, too.

I wonder if the authors deliberately made Elizabeth and Juliet so similar, if there is some sort of reason or meaning behind it. What do you think?

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  1. yes, I totally agree. And I think it must have been intentional by the authors, because (to me) it’s so obvious because of everything you mentioned–the house, the daughter. Juliet definitely seems to step into the society’s lives in place of Elizabeth, and they’re so similar that it makes sense the others would be drawn to Juliet as they were drawn to Elizabeth.

  2. Linda has, again, stated the case very well. No dead horse, just limited time and energy and then a bit of forgetting regarding the earlier post. Yes, I think they are supposed to be similar and it had to have been deliberate.The Society (or rather its members) and Guernsey also filled a need for both Elizabeth and Juliet. It wasn’t a one-way street.