Sir John’s elegant but (in Elinor and Marianne’s opinion) rather dull wife. She and her husband host many social events which Elinor and Marianne attend, but Lady Middleton does not particularly like the Dashwood sisters, since they don’t flatter her or her children. By contrast, she is very fond of the Steeles, who do flatter her.
Lady Middleton Quotes in Sense and Sensibility
The Sense and Sensibility quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Middleton or refer to Lady Middleton. 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 Sense and Sensibility published in 2003.).
Lady Middleton Character Timeline in Sense and Sensibility
The timeline below shows where the character Lady Middleton appears in Sense and Sensibility. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...was handsome and gentlemanly, but, at 35, old for a bachelor. The narrator says that Lady Middleton ’s boring character made Colonel Brandon and Sir John seem interesting by comparison. (full context)
...not feeling happy. She still missed Norland, and was fed up with the boringness of Lady Middleton and Mrs. Jennings. She enjoyed spending time only with Colonel Brandon, and developed compassion for... (full context)
...Park, and after dinner Elinor offered to help Lucy with weaving something for one of Lady Middleton ’s children. Meanwhile, Marianne played piano, and this music offered enough cover for Elinor to... (full context)
Marianne turned pale, and Elinor tried to advise her to maintain composure. They told Lady Middleton that Marianne was unwell, and they left the party. Marianne “was in a silent agony,”... (full context)
...to the Middletons, where “abundance of civilities passed on all sides.” John was delighted with Lady Middleton and Sir John, and was eager of introducing Fanny to them. He said that Fanny... (full context)