Ellen Brady — human character
Books and Stories this Character Appears In Edit
Ellen Brady can see magical beings but struggle with belief in magic.
Personality and CharacterEdit
Struggles wiht faith yet willing to help someone in need.
She has long brown hair, which hangs down to her waist, big-boned frame with a bit of dark colouring. Her eyes are a clear grey, "twilight eyes . . . that could see beyond the here and now into somewhere else."
- fan of Christy Riddell's writing
- Her parents were Irish—Munster O’Healys onher mother’s side, and Bradys from Derry on her father’s—there was a touch of Spanish blood in her mother’s side of the family
Bio / Background Edit
Ellen Brady would see magical beings that she calls Balloon Men propelled by ocean breezes, rolling along the beach or down the alley behind her house. Those were special nights when the Balloon Men came. In the late Sixties on Haight–Ashbury she spoke of them with Greg Longman who claimed to also be able to see them only floating up in the air. ~ "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair"
Hippie Residence Edit
Ellen live a self-imposed poverty in the Summer of love—in Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco, in the late 1960's. In the room, up on the third floor of a house that no one lived in except for runaways and street people. Jasmine incense cones burned on a battered windowsill, the scent laying over an old musty smell, there was an old iron bed with a mattress had rust-colored stains on it.
Connections (characters, places) Edit
|Reece||young man||aids after a beating;||helps rid him of his Booger|
|Christy Riddell||author||Ellen is a fan of his writing||Ellen reads from his book|
|Uncle Dobbin||shop owner||in Christy's book||in Christy Riddell's book; talks about believing in magic or losing it|
|Nori Wert||shop worker||in Christy's book||in Christy Riddell's book; lost her magic in bird form by not believing in it|
|Professor Bramley Dapple||Professor||in Christy's book||in Christy Riddell's book; talks about believing in magic for it to exist;|
|Jilly Coppercorn||student||in Christy's book||in Christy Riddell's book|
|Goon||Skookin (goblin/troll)||in Christy's book||Dapple's manservant; in Christy Riddell's book|
|Greg Longman||sixties hippie||old boyfriend||could see the Balloon Men float in the air|
|Long||gnome, or a gnomish sort of a man||in Christy's book||lived under the pier at the end of Main Street|
Events in the Series (spoilery area) Edit
- Dreams Underfoot (1993) — "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair" (1991): Ellen assists Reese after being beaten by thugs. He says cruel things to her to discourage her—because go the Booger that is following him. But she helps anyway, tends his winds and feeds him. Reece helps her find her magic and she helps him get rid of the Booger.
- “ When the wind is right, the wise man isn’t half so trusted as the fool.” ~ Christy Riddell in his book "How to Make the Wind Blow" — Dreams Underfoot — "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair"
Notes / CommentsEdit
- Christy Riddell
- Professor Bramley Dapple
- Greg Longman
- Uncle Dobbin
- Nori Wert
- "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair"
- Dreams Underfoot