Character Study – Jeffrey and Evalyne Tulschinsky

Published January 8, 2016 by rochellewisoff

            “Mama, Jeffrey took my doll and hid it. Make him tell me where it is!”


            Frustrated by her children’s constant bickering, Sarah Tulschinsky stood and hurled her sewing basket to the floor. “Can’t you two play nice? Don’t you know how good you have it?”

            Eyes wide, twins Jeffrey and Evalyne backed away from her. Sarah wished she could take back her harsh words. She had always made it a point never to raise her voice to them. After all they were only four. How could she expect them to understand? 

            While they were outside playing tag and climbing trees, the postman delivered a letter from Arel that had been lost for almost two months. His detailed account tore her heart into pieces. 

            Before she could explain to her son and daughter what had happened to those poor children in Kishinev, the front door opened. Wolf stepped over the threshold. Evalyne and Jeffrey raced to him. He scooped them up, one on each arm and spun them around. 

            “Papa, the lights comed back on today and we gots water, too!” Evalyne always had to be the first to share whatever she knew.

                                                 ~~Taken from Please Say Kaddish for Me


“Do you miss those boys and girls in Kishinev, Auntie?” Evalyne’s round eyes, brimming with curiosity, seemed to pop out of her slender face.

“Would you miss your nose if it fell off?” asked Havah.

Sarah held her finger to her lips. “Evie, you’ll wear Auntie out with your questions.” “How else will she learn? She can never ask me too many questions.”

                                                   ~~Taken from From Silt and Ashes

Published by Argus Publishing

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency

Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Evalyne and Jeffrey Tulschinsky are Sarah and Wolf’s twin children. In the excerpt from Please Say Kaddish for Me they are five years old when Sarah receives a lost letter from Arel telling her about the Kishinev pogrom.

   The excerpt from From Silt and Ashes takes place a few months later, after Arel and Havah have settled in Kansas City.  

            Evalyne is the more outgoing of the two children. Although Havah loves both children, she is drawn to the precocious little girl who is constantly asking questions.

Evalyne (author's mother) and Norman Weiner on their 15th birthday.

Evalyne (author’s mother) and Norman Weiner on their 15th birthday.


FSAA Cover

The Sequel to

PSK Cover

Both Available at


Check out my author page on the Loiacono Website.  For all of the character studies thus far, click on the link Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Art and Blogs or my website RochelleWordArt.

8 comments on “Character Study – Jeffrey and Evalyne Tulschinsky

  • I love these character studies. Not only does it display Rochelle’s multi-talents, but due to the visual images, helps keep the characters real. Having read both books, I wish the studies had been out before. Great art, great writing…..a must read. I can’t wait for the next one in this trilogy.


  • I can only imagine a little because I lack the experience myself how terrible it must have been to get a letter or be told about horrendous events involving friends or family. I’m sure your mother would feel honored to have these events brought to life in your books. — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Although I write these things, I really can’t imagine the horrors either. My grandfather experienced the pogroms and immigrated in 1903 when he was 19. He was a self-taught tailor. That’s pretty much all I learned about him from my mother. I regret not asking him questions but he wasn’t a warm fuzzy person.
      My mom was a first generation American, born in St. Louis, MO. My using her name and image for one of my characters is my tribute to her. I miss her very much, even after 35 years.

      Thank you for always taking the time to comment on my little character studies. Sometime this year they will be in a book of their own. 😀



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