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The Nanny Diaries Script taken from a transcript of the screenplay and/or the Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans movie. I mean, if you end up with us, I mean. The Nanny Diaries: A Novel () is a humorous but revealing novel by two . At the end, Nan realizes that living up to the mother's expectations—becoming the Though Grayer is rude to Nan, Caitlin has a great relationship with him and . There's a heart-sinking moment early in “The Nanny Diaries” when it At the end of this scene, a bright red umbrella that is the corporate logo.
Best of all, perhaps, it shows that children are our most precious resource. It encourages viewers to love and support the people around them, especially family members. That we might become better people after seeing this movie. And for the countless things they have done to help us we greatly appreciate and admire them. Plot Summary Annie Braddock who narrates the storyis a New Jersey woman who has graduated college as a finance major, with a minor in anthropology.
Annie sits on a Central Park bench pondering the question posed to her. Suddenly, she springs to action to save a young boy from being run down by a mechanical scooter. Annie treats her story as if it were an anthropological study.
For instance, she calls the woman and her husband Mr. X and thinks of the characters as a life-sized diorama exhibit in a museum. Life with the incredibly privileged X's is not what she thought it would be, and her life is complicated further when her attachment to Grayer which grows even more the more time they spend which other, and then she falls for "Harvard Hottie" who lives in the building. She was also lying to her own mother about her job although supported by her frank best friend, Lynette.
Annie begins to notice that not only is Plot Summary She decided to confront Mrs. Things went the opposite of what she expected to happen on their vacation. Nan and Sima take the boys to play at Play Space. Sima reveals that she was an engineer in El Salvadorbut that she has worked for a nanny in New York for two years while her husband has cared for their children back home.
For the next week, Nan gets to the Xes' apartment in the morning to get Grayer ready and take him to school. She does not see Mrs. X until one afternoon when she has to take Grayer home to change before a lesson. X informs Nan in grave tones that Grayer was not accepted to Collegiate, the elementary school his parents hoped he would attend. Because Grayer has been attached to a Collegiate sweatshirt for several months, his mother hires a consultant to help the family deal with how Grayer will react to this potential blow to his self-esteem.
In an interview for a job as a teacher starting the next fall, Nan experiences the other end of the spectrum in approaches to child rearing. Giving a mock lesson at Communities Against Conflict, the adults behave like unruly children and insist on everyone expressing every feeling. They tell her that they are not hiring white women right now.
A few days later, Mr. X returns to the apartment, in a meeting Nanny arranged with his assistant, to tell Grayer about his not being accepted at Collegiate and to inform him that he will attend St.
Grayer is thrilled to see his dad and wants to play with him. X get into a fight after it becomes clear that Grayer does not really care about the schools and his sweatshirt, and that Mrs. X used the situation to get Mr. X storms out of the house, leaving Grayer crying and Mrs. X is having Connie pack up Mr. X yells at Connie because Mrs. X cannot find one of Grayer's bowties. X fires Connie on the spot. X and Grayer leave, Nan learns that Connie worked for Mr.
X before he married Mrs. X and hears about Grayer's previous caretakers, all of whom were fired by Mrs. Chicago's panties and hidden them.
On another day, Nan takes Grayer to another problematic play date. Playing with Carter gets out of hand when Carter's mother, an intoxicated former beauty queen, takes charge and makes mayhem. The boys have a great time, but Carter's nanny, dismayed, treats his mother like a naughty child.
Returning to the Xes' home, Nan and Grayer meet Maria, the new maid. Nan runs into H. X's mistress when he was married to his first wife. The next day with Grayer is trying as the boy is tired.
Nan is also stressed because she has a night class that starts soon and Mrs. X arrives five minutes before the class starts, and Nan rushes to leave. In the mail a few days later, Nan receives a letter from Mrs. X about Nan's lack of attention to certain details from that night.
Nan also receives a note with hundreds of dollars in cash from Ms. Chicago, asking Nan to stock certain foods at the Xes' home. Oh … My … God With her friends, Nan shares her distress over what she should do. Her friends think she should quit her job, but Nan does not want to abandon Grayer. They decide that Nan should send the money back to Ms. Chicago, and she plans to do so after turning in her senior thesis. She spends a long, stressful weekend writing the thesis, and her printer fails ninety minutes before the paper is due.
Nan then convinces the computer center employees at New York University to allow her to print it out there, though she does not have the right identification.
After catching up on some sleep, Nan's peaceful relaxation is interrupted by the memory that, seven months earlier, she had agreed go with the Xes on a vacation to Nantucket.
She also realizes that she has lost the envelope for Ms. Chicago, and now owes her the eight hundred dollars it contained. After taking Grayer to a birthday party, Nan returns to the Xes' apartment, where Mrs. X is packing Mr.
X's clothes for their trip to Nantucket. Nan learns they are planning to leave the same day as her college graduation, and she has to negotiate with Mrs. X so she can attend the ceremony. A few days later, Mrs. X is again late when Nan needs to leave to defend her thesis, then delays Nanny further by insisting that they discuss her hours and pay right then.
X is annoyed that Nan seems to have some other concern at that moment, but she does pay her for the first time in five weeks. At her apartment, Nanny is relaxing, trying to imagine quitting her job, and looking forward to a telephone date with H. Her roommate comes in with her boyfriend and tells her that he is moving in soon, so Nan must find a new place to live. A few days later, at her graduation party at her grandmother's home, her family meets and approves of H.
He talks about his plan to work in Amsterdam during the coming summer. She is leaving for Nantucket the next morning. As soon as she arrives, she also has to entertain and feed twelve children while their parents go to a beach party for the day.
A few days later, Nan goes to a casual party at the the Xes' friends the Horners' with the Xes and Grayer. The hosts treat Nan like a guest. Jack Horner asks Nan about herself and Nan tells them of her recent graduation.
X comments, "I'm not sure if it's appropriate for you to monopolize the dinner conversation. Just something I'd like you to be a little more aware of from now on. The night before Mr. X is to go back to New York to take care of business, the X family and Nanny eat at a local restaurant, where she overhears in the ladies room that Mrs. X has installed a nanny cam in Grayer's room.
Nanny is outraged at the news that she's being surveilled.
X ends up staying for at least another day. Nan gets a much needed break when the family goes on a bike ride, but the phone at the cabin rings constantly. She knows that it is Ms. Chicago, looking for Mr. The family is upset when they return home, with Mr. X threatening to leave again. The next day, Nan gets another break when the family goes to a dog breeder to pick out a puppy before Mr.
He urges her to just leave, but she insists she cannot. X's mother, Elizabeth X, is at the cabin when everyone returns. X had invited her the day before, and Elizabeth X insists that Mr. The new puppy is immediately banished to the garage. Nan overhears an angry exchange between Mr. Nan takes care of both the puppy and Grayer throughout the night and into the morning. The family is tense, as Mrs. X is demanding of Nan and the Xes are still fighting with each other. The family and Nan spend the day at the local yacht club watching Mr.
X play in a tennis tournament. Nan entertains Grayer for most of the day as his parents ignore him. After leaving the club, the Xes and Nan go to a barbecue at the house of their friends, the Benningtons. Nan stays out of the way and does not talk to guests as she watches Grayer. X's cell phone, which he has given Nan to hold, rings. Chicago, tearfully begging Nan for information. Nan advises her to get out of the relationship.
All attention shifts to Grayer as he falls and hurts himself, then to Mr. X and another woman as they conspicuously rejoin the party together. After putting Grayer to bed that night, Nan tries to talk to Mr.
They ignore her when she enters, and Mrs. X informs her husband that she is pregnant. When Nan asks if she can leave a little early to look for a new place to live, Mrs. X fires her and tells her to leave right away. Nan is also to take the puppy with her. Nan worries about Grayer, recalling, "I can still hear him screaming for me. X has paid her only five hundred dollars when she was owed closer to two thousand. Nan takes a cab to the Xes' apartment. She finds that Mrs. X has been planning on replacing her since Nan asked to be allowed to attend her own graduation.
Nan goes into Grayer's room, finds the nanny cam, and rewinds the tape. She first records a rant about the Xes' parenting skills and their poor treatment of her. After reflecting on what Grayer needs, Nan rewinds the tape again and tells them to get to know their son better now or risk losing him forever.
She takes the puppy to the park, throws the Xes' cell phone in the water, and heads home, pleased with herself for leaving with grace. They have a play date in chapter 2, but it does not go well. Alexis Alexis is the volunteer receptionist at the Parents League, where Nanny posts her ad for a nanny position.
Allison Allison, the adopted Chinese daughter of a gay couple, is a girl from Grayer's class who comes over around Christmas for play date. Butters is Grayer's nursery school teacher. Caitlin Blond, Australian Caitlin is the nanny that Nanny is hired to replace.
Grayer was attached to Caitlin, who worked for the Xes for some time. X fires Caitlin because she wants too much vacation time. Nanny learns from another nanny that Caitlin was trying to save money to visit her seriously ill sister at home. Charlene Charlene is Nanny's roommate. Charlene works as an airline stewardess and is often away from home.
It is narrated by Julia Roberts. As ofa film version of The Nanny Diaries was being produced. The novel was adapted for the screen, and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini directed the film. X, and Paul Giamatti as Mr. Lisa Chenowith Chicago Ms.
Chicago is the managing director of the Chicago office of Mr. She is first seen when she comes to the Xes' apartment to do the seating arrangement for the company dinner party. Nanny and Grayer later catch her in an intimate moment with Mr. X in his office during the company Halloween party.
X are having threatens to break up the Xes' marriage and puts Nanny in an awkward position several times.
Connie Connie is the X family housekeeper. She worked for Mr. X long before he was married to the current Mrs. X fires her when Connie cannot find a specific bowtie of Grayer's.
Dylan Dylan works at New York University's main computer center and reluctantly helps Nan print out her thesis. George George is Nanny's pet cat. Jane Gould Jane Gould is the long-term development consultant Mrs. X hires to handle the crisis of Grayer not being accepted to Collegiate. Grace Grace is the puppy the Xes buy for Grayer in Nantucket, even though Grayer has no real desire to own a dog. X fires Nan, she is instructed to take the dog as well. Nan decides to keep her and names her.
Grandma Grandma is Nan's paternal grandmother. She is loving and supportive of her granddaughter, to the point of helping her get a Valentine's Day reservation for Mr. X at an upscale restaurant and buying a Christmas tree so Grayer has somewhere to hang his handmade ornament. Grover See Grayer X. Hairy Pilot Hairy Pilot is Charlene's boyfriend. When he decides to move in with Charlene, Nanny is forced to start looking for a new apartment. Harvard Hottie Harvard Hottie, also known as H.
He is a student at Harvard, and, over the course of the novel, he becomes romantically involved with Nanny. Like nearly everyone else in her life, he urges Nanny to quit her job with the Xes. Henry Henry is one of Allison's "two daddies. X is surprised to learn that they do not use nannies to help raise their daughter. At her party in Nantucket, she treats Nan like a guest, not an employee. Nanny catches a ride on the Horner family plane to Nantucket after her graduation.
During the family's stay there, Nan is treated as a guest at a party thrown by Jack and his family. Jack asks about Nan's life, and Nan's honest response earns a rebuke from Mrs. James James is the doorman at the Xes' building. Jones Jones is a high school friend of H. Jones is obnoxious to Nanny when she runs into H.
Josh Josh is Nanny's friend. He helps Nan out in a crisis and is sympathetic to her many X family-related problems. Julio Julio is the man Mrs. X hires to decorate the family's Christmas tree. Justine Justine is Mr. Lizzie Lizzie is Carter Milton's English nanny. Longacre about the hidden camera she has installed to secretly observe Nanny. Maria Maria is the South American housekeeper Mrs. X hires to replace Connie. Max Max is H. Carter Milton Carter is the boy with whom Grayer has a messy play date in chapter 8.
Milton is the mother of Carter, who starts a frosting fight during Carter and Grayson's play date. She is a former beauty queen with a substance abuse problem."Why'd you lie to me, Annie?" - The Nanny Diaries
Murnel Murnel is Alex's West Indian nanny. Nanny Nanny is the primary character of the novel, the first-person voice through which all the events are filtered. She is a senior at New York University, studying child development. Nanny, also known as Nan, is also a graduate of a prestigious private school, Chapin. She has chosen to work as a nanny part-time to make money while a student, and she has been babysitting since the age of thirteen. Nanny enjoys working with kids.
After meeting Grayer and Mrs. X in Central Park one day, Nanny agrees to become Grayer's nanny. While she becomes very attached to the boy, she does not like the way Mrs. X's demands increase, Nanny thinks about quitting, but she does not want to abandon Grayer.
Nanny is insulted by her Christmas gift from Mrs. X—earmuffs and no bonus—and uncomfortable with her first-hand knowledge about Mr. She finds solace in her relationship with her family and friends, as well as the romantic attentions of H.
Nanny's Father Nan's father is an English teacher. He has a close relationship with his daughter, and he offers her advice on how to handle Grayer and the Xes.
Nanny's Mother Nan's mother works as a lawyer. While she is supportive of her daughter, Nan's mother believes she should get out of the childcare business. She also believes that Mrs. X is taking advantage of Nan and tries to get her daughter to confront Mrs. Despite her disapproval, she gives Nanny advice on how to help Grayer when he is sick.
Ramon Ramon is an employee in the Xes' building. She helps with Nanny's interview, then tells her, "We're really not looking to hire white women right now. He is part of an odd interview Nanny has for a position there. Sarah Sarah is Nanny's best friend. They attended Chapin together. Sarah is supportive of Nan's difficult situation with the Xes and helps her on several occasions.
Sima Sima is Darwin Zuckerman's nanny. She is from El Salvadorwhere she was an engineer. She works as a nanny to support her husband and children back home. Nanny later learns that she was fired when her employer caught her grabbing Darwin's arm on a nanny cam. Sophie Sophie is the dog owned by Nanny's family.
She is an older spaniel. Carson Spender Carson is the daughter of one of the X family friends. She is spending the weekend at the Xes' summer rental the first weekend Nan arrives. Carson is one of the many children Nan must care for the first day she is in Nantucket. Elizabeth X Elizabeth X is the mother of Mr. X and the grandmother of Grayer. X invites her to stay at their cabin in Nantucket so that Mr. X will stay there instead of leaving for what he says are the demands of his business.
Grayer Addison X Grayer is the blond four-year-old son of Mr. X and Nanny's sometimes charming, adorable charge. Her nickname for him is Grover. He attends nursery school and has a full schedule of lessons and play dates. Grayer is prone to acting out, but he is very attached to his nannies, especially Caitlin and Nanny.
He is generally ignored by his parents unless they are forced to care for him or there is a prestige-related crisis at hand, such his not being accepted to Collegiate. X is the husband of Mrs.
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X and the father of Grayer X. He is an important businessman, whose job is demanding. His marriage to Mrs. X is often filled with tension, and he has at least one affair during the course of the book, with Ms. X is not particularly interested in Grayer as a person and spends no time with him unless the family is on vacation. He is rude to Nanny and other employees. X is the wife of Mr.
X and the mother of Grayer X. X is very distant from her son, and she seems more concerned with her personal and social life and saving her marriage than with Grayer. She is also a demanding employer. While Nanny is supposed to be only a part-time nanny to Grayer, Mrs. X soon pushes the boundaries of Nanny's employment to include running errands, procuring restaurant reservations, taking constant phone calls and notes, and working far more hours than Nanny originally was hired for.
Darwin Zuckerman Darwin is the physically aggressive classmate Grayer has a play date with in chapter 7. Grayer and Darwin also play at Darwin's birthday party in chapter 9.
In her own life, Nanny has two parents who love her, advise her, and pay attention to her, even though she is a young adult. Both her mother and father are concerned that her nanny job for the X family is not right for her because she is being taken advantage of by Mrs.
Despite their apprehension, Nan's mother and father support her as best they can. For example, when Nan is left alone with an ill Grayer, she calls her mother in the middle of the night for advice on what to do with the coughing, feverish boy. Her mother tells her how to make him comfortable and relieve his symptoms, then wants Nanny to call her back in an hour to update her about Grayer.
X do not seem to care much about Grayer as a person at all. X has had nannies to take care of him since he was born, though she does not work and spends most of her time shopping, attending various functions and seminars, and making schedules for her son and employees. She discourages Grayer from touching her or hugging her. There is next to no physical contact between mother and son, and little time spent having fun together.
During the few times she is alone with him while he is awake, such as during a vacation in which promised childcare is not available, Mrs. X does not know what to do with him. X is even more distant from Grayer, as the father is rarely home and spends no time with his son unless they are on a family vacation. Grayer wants his parents' attention and love, and he is often disappointed and upset because he does not get it. Nanny tries her best to make up for the Xes' attitude towards Grayer, even staying on the job when Mrs.
X repeatedly takes advantage of Nan and her time. In the end, Grayer faces heartbreak as Nanny is dismissed while he is sleeping and has to leave without saying goodbye. X, and others of their social status, with the sensitivity and kindness of Nanny and others in her profession. X cares that her son gets in the right school, takes the right kind of lessons, and participates in the right kind of social activities, she is not as concerned with relating to Grayer as an individual.
She is indifferent to him as long as he is properly behaved and doing what she believes he should do. X takes this treatment to another level, as Grayer only gets his attention when they are away from home. In contrast, Nanny cares very much about her young charge, spending time making him happy, all the while imparting good manners, setting boundaries, and defining appropriate actions and feelings.
On Valentine's Day, she takes him out for pizza and a movie as an unexpected treat, something his parents would never do. X treats the people she considers her social inferiors the same way as or worse than she treats her son. Though Nan was only hired to be Grayer's part-time nanny, the university student is soon called on to do much more.
In addition to spending many extra hours taking care of Grayer, she also has to buy items for a party Mrs. X is planning, get last-minute Valentine's Day reservations at a high-end restaurant for the Xes, and help Mrs. X pick out an outfit. X is indifferent to Nanny's needs. She makes Nan miss a class by returning home late one night, and she later jeopardizes Nan's thesis defense by making her late. X calls Nan repeatedly early in the morning on New Year's Day to convince her to cut her vacation short.
X decides to fire Nan when she dares to prioritize her own college graduation ceremony above the X family vacation. Though Nan resents Mrs. X's constant demands and notes, she sticks with her job primarily for Grayer's sake. Nan continually ensures that Grayer gets all the attention, kindness, and respect that she can muster.
Nan goes out of her way to make up for the indifference of Grayer's parents. He makes a special Christmas ornament he calls Al, but it is not allowed to stay on the designer-decorated family tree. Nan's grandmother helps, buying a tree just for Grayer to hang his ornament on and arranging a special afternoon for the boy. Nan also always finds a way to entertain the many extra children she has to care for, especially in Nantucket.
She is never indifferent, even to the pain Mrs. X feels as she deals with her husband's infidelity.
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Marital Strife The havoc caused by the problems in the Xes' marriage drives much of the story. While Nan's mother and father seem to have a solid marriage, Mr. X can be as indifferent to Mrs. X as she is to their son. Nan learns from H.
Within a few months of Nan's employment by the X family, she figures out that Mr. X is having an affair with Ms. The marriage of the Xes seems in jeopardy, with Mr. X cutting short or avoiding many family events. This stress causes Mrs. X to demand more and more of Nanny, as well as of Connie the housekeeper, and act more coldly to her son. She does everything she can to hold on to her marriage, including getting her husband's mother to join their vacation so that he stays with the family instead of returning to his mistress, as well as becoming pregnant with a second child.
While the marital discord causes distress for Mrs. X and Grayer, it also puts Nan in a difficult position as the emotional fallout on the mother and child results in more work for Nan.
Chicago knows who Nan is, where she lives, and what she knows about the affair, Ms. Chicago pressures Nan to become her ally. Nan becomes a reluctant pawn in the marital drama of Mr. Write a paper comparing and contrasting the life and attitudes of the child featured in the other story with that of young Grayer X. There have been several incidents in which high-profile nominees for important federal government positions, such as Attorney General nominees Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood inwithdrew their nominations because of irregularities with their nannies.
Kerik, withdrew after it was revealed a nanny in his employ might have been an illegal alien and that he did not pay taxes on her salary. Research such cases and the issues they raise, including use of illegal aliens as nannies and domestic workers.
Working with a partner, present a classroom debate on both sides of the issue, touching on such issues as worker exploitation, pay, and taxation. Each chapter of The Nanny Diaries begins with a quote from a famous work of fiction featuring a nanny or governess.
Read one of the books cited and discuss its relationship with the text of The Nanny Diaries in a paper. Have each student group present their observations on the nanny, the family she works for, and the circumstances of her life as compared with the world depicted in The Nanny Diaries. Consider such ideas as the effectiveness of the nanny as an employee and the realism of the depiction of the nanny and the family.
Nanny seems to feel that she is the victim of an impossible situation, but do you agree? To what degree, if at all, is she responsible for her circumstances? Do you think she may have managed her relationship with Mrs.
X better from the start, or is Mrs.
Discuss the lessons about happy employment or lack thereof in The Nanny Diaries and come up with a "List of Do's and Don'ts for On-the-job Happiness" based on examples in the novel.
She is the central sympathetic character in the novel, and all the action and themes in the book involve and revolve around her. Nan tries to act with integrity at all times, especially for Grayer, but also for his parents and their marriage, while maintaining her own life as a student, daughter, friend, and girlfriend. She is supportive of and sympathetic to many of the people she encounters while acting as Grayer's nanny, especially other nannies, housekeepers, building employees, and the like.
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By trying to meet Mrs. X's endless demands on her time, energy, and sanity, Nan believes that her actions do matter to Grayer and his mother, even if she is a paid employee. Though in the end Nan cannot live up Mrs. X's impossible standards and gets fired, Nanny always behaves according to her ideals. Nanny is also the narrator of The Nanny Diaries, which is written in first-person point of view by McLaughlin and Kraus. All the action and circumstances are filtered through Nan's perspective.
Through a first person or "I" point of view, readers only receive Nan's opinions and observations of events and people. While this perspective limits some information, it also allows readers to fully understand Nan's motivations and feelings. Making Nan the narrator and using the first-person point of view underscores Nan's role as heroine and protagonist in the novel.
Conflict can happen within a character as well. The primary conflicts in the novel are between what is right for Nan as a person and what is right for Grayer. X asks more and more of Nan including duties that have nothing to do with her role as nannyand respects her less and less as shown by her lack of concern for Nan's needs as a studentNan and those who love her ask why she stays in Mrs. Nan repeatedly explains that she does not want to quit and abandon Grayer. Despite increasingly trying circumstances, Nan does the best she can as a nanny until she is fired during the vacation in Nantucket.
Though the conflict is not resolved by Nan sticking up for herself directly to Mrs. X, she does get the final word by recording a message on the "nanny cam" the Xes set up in Grayer's room.
Nanny walks away with her integrity intact. Setting The setting of The Nanny Diaries is a key component of the story. The setting is the culture, time, and place where the events of a story take place—in this case, New York City in the early twenty-first century. Many specific landmarks of New York City are mentioned in the text. For example, Nanny and H. While the X family lives on Park Avenue, a famous boulevard where many wealthy people live, their specific address is fictional.
McLaughlin and Kraus had experience working as nannies for the upper-class families in New York City who live on streets like Park Avenue. They drew on that expertise in creating situations and characters like the upper-crust mothers and fathers who focus on their social lives more than their children, and the nannies and the wealthy children they take care of.
The authors also depict the kind of activities such children participate in and their cycle of life as residents of the city. Both of the authors attended New York University while nannying, like Nan does, and their experiences as college students also inform the settings of Nan's life outside of work.
Prologue The prologue is the section that introduces a literary work, such as a novel. In the prologue to The Nanny Diaries, Nan explains what it is like to interview for a job as a nanny for the children of wealthy families in New York City.