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Appears in issues # 114 to # 136, first as a character in Daughter of Palnu, then as a prisoner in the cell next to Jaka's. Her actual name is Ada Talbot. According to the narrative, Nurse was the first person Jaka knew. She had been with Jaka since Jaka was three. She was a large woman from Boreala in the north. We never fully see her face--it is either covered with Missy's face or her jacket, and later (in the prison) we only see Jaka.
As Jaka's nurse, she raises the young noblewoman according to her northern sensibilities. In her gruff way she seems to have some affection for Jaka, although she expresses it by overprotecting her from the corrupting influences of life and treating her roughly in their daily routines of bathing and dressing (no doubt a northern trait). Young Jaka sees only the gruffness and avoids Nurse whenever possible.
They meet years later, in a Cirinist prison in Iest. Jaka has been arrested and finds herself in the cell next to Talbot's. Talbot has been there several months, under suspicion of carrying forged identification papers. Her advice on surviving their incarceration is double-edged--it is well meant, but it underscores just how grim their situation is. Talbot is eventually taken away for execution.
Dave speaks about Nurse
From Dave's Q&A on Jaka's Story:
Q3. Nurse/Ada Talbot's presence in the cell next to Jaka appears to be more than a mere coincidence. Was she (1) really Nurse and a Cirinist; (2) a Cirinist imposter using information gleaned from Oscar's book; or (3) Nurse and not a Cirinist (her 8 month incarceration time would appear to match up with Cerebus' reappearance after his Ascension)? Was her placement in the cell an attempt by the Cirinists to elicit information and/or break down Jaka psychologically before being handed over to Thatcher? (i131)
DAVE: 1) That's very possible. 2) You've been reading too many conspiracy theory books. 3) That's very possible as well. Actually, all of those things were going through my head while I was working on that sequence and because Nurse never comes back into the story, I was able to leave it open to interpretation, both for others and for myself. You know, one of the possibilities that you didn't suggest was the fact that it might have had nothing to do with getting information or breaking Jaka down psychologically and might instead have just been as nasty as the Cirinists were able to be, given Jaka's diplomatic immunity. They couldn't execute her or torture her and they couldn't execute Rick because of the problems that would cause with Palnu, but that didn't mean they couldn't terrify Jaka to within an inch of her sanity and destroy her marriage as a way of indicating what a dim view they took of her career and (what is the Marxist-feminist discrete euphemism?) family planning choices. From a Cirinist standpoint, they wouldn't be doing anything to her that she hadn't done to Pud. Was it Jaka's fault that Pud's lust for her destroyed him as a person? Was it the Cirinists' fault that Jaka's choices-when presented to Rick-destroyed her marriage?