Study Guide

The Queen / Eleanor Kerchner in Doll Bones

By Holly Black

The Queen / Eleanor Kerchner

The Queen is a doll who may or may not be possessed by the spirit of Eleanor Kerchner, a girl who died in 1895. Since the Queen is an inanimate object and Eleanor is dead, neither is a character per se, but they are still a huge presence in the book—without them, there's no adventure to be had. Whether or not the Queen is more than just a doll is never fully resolved, but we know this much for sure: She's very creepy… and we have way more to say about this doll over in the "Symbols" section.