Mary is John’s sister. She is an athletic child, in fact the best athlete in the county, and wishes desperately to be a boy. She grows out of this desire eventually, but one of John’s clearest memories of his childhood is helping his sister figure out how to be a boy.
Mary Steinbeck Quotes in East of Eden
The East of Eden quotes below are all either spoken by Mary Steinbeck or refer to Mary Steinbeck. 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: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of East of Eden published in 1952.).
Mary Steinbeck Character Timeline in East of Eden
The timeline below shows where the character Mary Steinbeck appears in East of Eden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.