Blood Brothers

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Mr. Richard Lyons Character Analysis

A wealthy businessman, Mr. Lyons feels affection for his wife Mrs. Lyons and his son Edward, but is too oblivious and self-important to realize that Edward is in fact not his biological child. As Mrs. Lyons’ mental health deteriorates, however, Mr. Lyons becomes increasingly alarmed. Throughout the play, he is paternalistic and preoccupied.

Mr. Richard Lyons Quotes in Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Richard Lyons or refer to Mr. Richard Lyons. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bloomsbury Press edition of Blood Brothers published in 1995.
Act 1 Quotes

MRS. LYONS:…If we stay here I feel that something terrible will happen, something bad.
MR. LYONS: Look, Jen. What is this thing you keep talking about getting away from? Mm?
MRS. LYONS: It’s just…it’s these people…these people that Edward has started mixing with. Can’t you see how he’s drawn to them? They’re…they’re drawing him away from me.

Related Characters: Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Mr. Richard Lyons (speaker)
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:

Deeply distraught that her son has met his (unknown) brother, Mrs. Lyons begs her detached husband to move the family away. She claims that she wants to remove her son from the bad element in the neighborhood, when really she only wants to separate him from Mickey and Mrs. Johnstone. 

Already paranoid, Mrs. Lyons cannot understand that her son is simply growing up, making friends, and moving outside his comfort zone. Instead, she views every sign of his coming of age as proof that he is being "draw[n] away from [her]" by Mickey.

Along with Mrs. Lyons' fear comes a degree of snobbishness and pride. She hates Mickey not only because he represents Eddie's true family, but because she views him as low class and inferior. 

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Mr. Richard Lyons Character Timeline in Blood Brothers

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Richard Lyons appears in Blood Brothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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Superstition and Fate Theme Icon
The scene shifts, moving to the house of Mr. and Mrs. Lyons , where Mrs. Johnstone works as a cleaning lady. Mrs. Lyons enters with a parcel... (full context)
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Nature vs. Nurture Theme Icon
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...of the twins to her. Mrs. Lyons realizes that Mrs. Johnstone is due right before Mr. Lyons gets home, meaning that she could pass off the pregnancy as her own. Excited, Mrs.... (full context)
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...to keep them both for a few days, but Mrs. Lyons says that her husband Mr. Lyons is due back tomorrow. She reminds Mrs. Johnstone that she swore on the Bible to... (full context)
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...She stops for a minute at her baby’s crib and plays with him. Seeing her, Mr. Lyons approaches, and he expresses pride in both his wife and his new son. Mrs. Lyons,... (full context)
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We shift to Mr. and Mrs. Lyons’ house. Mr. Lyons gives Edward the present of a toy gun, and then pretends to... (full context)
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Mr. Lyons tries to calm a frantic Mrs. Lyons, who is terrified about where her son has... (full context)
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...house, where he behaves in quite a different manner, drinking a glass of scotch with Mr. Lyons and telling him that Edward isn’t really in trouble. He does, however, warn Mr. Lyons... (full context)
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After the policeman leaves, Mr. Lyons asks Edward if he would like to move to the country, explaining that Mrs. Lyons... (full context)
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...to forget about Mickey, but Edward says that he’s going to go inside and read. Mr. Lyons reassures Mrs. Lyons that children are adaptable, but she is not comforted. (full context)
Act 2
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Nature vs. Nurture Theme Icon
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...if he feels safe in their home. The car horn honks, and Edward exits with Mr. Lyons . (full context)