Station Eleven

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Miranda is the creator of the “Dr. Eleven” and “Station Eleven” comics that give the novel its title. She is an artist from Delano Island who, to support an abusive boyfriend, enters the corporate world. There she finds order, stability, and the time to work on her project, which is a constant throughout her life. She eventually leaves the boyfriend and meets and marries Arthur Leander at a young age, but feels out of place in Hollywood. After their divorce – Arthur was cheating on her – she transitions back into the corporate world and grows from a young, unkempt woman to a confident, competent, well-dressed executive. Throughout her life, Miranda attempts to push herself and live with intensity and purpose. To her last day, she is able to stare herself in the mirror and whisper “I regret nothing.” And even after becoming a high-powered executive, Miranda continues to work on her passion project: the Dr. Eleven Comics. She creates the comics primarily for herself, not worrying about who will read them, and self-publishes the select few that will outlast the pandemic and become extremely important to both Kirsten and Tyler in the post-flu world. Miranda dies in Malaysia soon after hearing of her ex-husband’s death.

Miranda Carroll Quotes in Station Eleven

The Station Eleven quotes below are all either spoken by Miranda Carroll or refer to Miranda Carroll . 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 Vintage edition of Station Eleven published in 2015.
Chapter 8 Quotes

I stood looking over my damaged home and tried to forget the sweetness of life on Earth.

Related Characters: Dr. Eleven (speaker), Kirsten Raymonde , Miranda Carroll
Page Number: 42
Explanation and Analysis:

This line is spoken by Dr. Eleven in one of Miranda’s “Station Eleven” comic books. In the image accompanying this line, Dr. Eleven stands beside his dog Luli, surveying the broken space station and trying to forget how sweet it was to live on Earth. Dr. Eleven’s memory of a pleasant Earth while being stuck aboard a broken world is a parallel for those living in the post collapse world with perfect memories of the world before the Georgia Flu. Part of surviving, or moving on, is trying to forget just how sweet the old life was in favor of embracing (or enduring) the circumstances of a new life.

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Chapter 14 Quotes

"You're always half on Station Eleven," Pablo said during a fight a week or so ago, "and I don't even understand your project. What are you actually going for here?"

"You don't have to understand it," she said. "It's mine."

Related Characters: Miranda Carroll (speaker), Pablo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

These lines come from an argument between Pablo and Miranda that Miranda reflects on in her office job. Pablo says that she is always “half on Station Eleven,” meaning that she is always partially thinking about her comic book project and not present in the real world. He continues to say that he doesn’t even understand her work. In one sense, his lines reflect the relationship between art and artist explored in the novel. Miranda is obsessed with her work, and she uses it as an escape from reality or bad situations. Even as she makes a big change in her life, she will always keep her artwork and Station Eleven as a constant.

Miranda’s response to Pablo also reflects a unique aspect of the artist’s relationship with her work. Miranda doesn’t produce here art to be viewed, read, or understood by anyone else. Instead, she does it for the value of doing the work itself. In this way, the project is immensely personal, and we see Miranda pour herself into the comic, even using Dr. Eleven as a substitute for herself in scenes from her life. But, somewhat ironically, her art that is completed solely for herself will survive the collapse and become extremely important to both Kirsten and Tyler Leander.

I repent nothing.

Related Characters: Miranda Carroll (speaker)
Page Number: 89
Explanation and Analysis:

After leaving her abusive relationship with Pablo and beginning her life with Arthur, Miranda begins saying this to herself in the mirror: that she repents nothing. This line is meant as self-assurance to herself that she is proud of her choices, even if they were not best, and a suggestion that she is living the way that she wants to. Such an assertion to herself can be seen as a survival mechanism in the face of her changing life and the difficult situations she finds herself in. Even as Miranda matures and grows into an elite executive, she continues to whisper this phrase to herself all around the world, just as she continues her work on Station Eleven.

Chapter 15 Quotes

“No one ever thinks they're awful, even people who really actually are. It's some sort of survival mechanism."
“I think this is happening because it was supposed to happen." Elizabeth speaks very softly.
"I'd prefer not to think that I'm following a script," Miranda says.

Related Characters: Miranda Carroll (speaker), Elizabeth Colton (speaker)
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 106
Explanation and Analysis:

This painful exchange comes at the end of the awkward dinner party at Miranda and Arthur’s Hollywood home, later referenced in one of Miranda’s Station Eleven comic books. Miranda has just realized that Arthur is cheating on her with his co-star, Elizabeth Colton, who tried to apologize and wondered if she is an awful person for having the affair. Miranda responds that no one thinks they’re awful, even if they really are. She attributes this disparity to a survival mechanism, which enables people to act badly and selfishly without feeling guilty.

The difference in Miranda and Elizabeth’s worldview is then expressed, as Elizabeth says she believes things all happen for a reason, and Miranda says that she prefers to believe she acts under her own free will. This interaction foreshadows Elizabeth’s faith and the role it will play in her strong reaction to the collapse of society—she will continue to believe everything happens for a reason.

What’s more, Miranda’s comment about bad people believing they are good as a survival mechanism looks forward to Elizabeth’s son, Tyler, as he uses his faith and belief that he is ‘the light’ to justify terrible actions in order to survive (and thrive) as the figure of the prophet.

Chapter 41 Quotes

The corridor was silent. It was necessary to walk very slowly, her hand on the wall. A man was curled on his side near the elevators, shivering. She wanted to speak to him, but speaking would take too much strength, so she looked at him instead—I see you, I see you—and hoped this was enough.

Related Characters: Miranda Carroll
Page Number: 227
Explanation and Analysis:

These lines describe some of Miranda’s final moments in a hotel in Malaysia. She is suffering from the Georgia Flu, and will soon die. Interestingly, she is the only one of the novel’s major characters to die of the Flu. Walking out of the hotel in her sickened agony, Miranda notices another person curled up on the floor. She feels the urge to speak to him, but is too weak to do so, so instead she just looks at him and thinks “I see you, I see you.” This gesture is one of profound kindness and also profound sadness, as it’s possible the man didn’t even recognize her gesture. But regardless, its an example of the camaraderie, commiseration, and deep connection between humans that Mandel explores in her novel.

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Miranda Carroll Character Timeline in Station Eleven

The timeline below shows where the character Miranda Carroll appears in Station Eleven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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Miranda Carroll receives news of Arthur’s death in Malaysia, where she has been sent by her... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...takes place fourteen years before the collapse, in a restaurant in Toronto. Arthur Leander and Miranda Carroll are discussing Miranda’s plan to leave her abusive boyfriend. As Arthur invites her to... (full context)
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Later, Arthur tells a journalist that Miranda (whose name he keeps from the journalist) is from his hometown. This hometown, we learn,... (full context)
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...films in Toronto. One night, his mother calls and encourages him to get lunch with Miranda, a seventeen-year-old girl also from Delano Island who has just moved to Toronto. Though Arthur... (full context)
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Miranda at seventeen is pale, beautiful, and poised, and she seems to Arthur to be older... (full context)
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Miranda is at work for a shipping company when Arthur calls to reconnect. She works as... (full context)
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Before Miranda meets Arthur again, she receives a call from Pablo, who is rude to her regarding... (full context)
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Miranda decides not to contact Pablo about the dinner, and as she works and sketches she... (full context)
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At the restaurant, when Miranda mentions her comic to Arthur, he seems genuinely interested. She tells him about the inspiration... (full context)
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Back in her apartment the next day, Miranda packs two suitcases and leaves. At work she says to herself in the mirror “I... (full context)
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Some years after this reconnection in Toronto, Arthur and Miranda are married; they have a little dog named Luli and a house in Hollywood. Arthur... (full context)
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Arthur is sitting at the other end of the table, and Miranda can’t seem to catch his eye. She doesn’t say much, and feels out of place... (full context)
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Near Miranda, Clark Thompson is talking to a woman named Tesch, who is pretentiously asking him what... (full context)
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The topic of conversation shifts to how Miranda and Arthur met. When Arthur says that it’s not that exciting of a story, Elizabeth... (full context)
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Outside, Miranda reflects on the more personal details of the story that Arthur doesn’t share with the... (full context)
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After the party has all but ended, Miranda sketches Station Eleven in her studio. She realizes that she has given Dr. Eleven a... (full context)
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Miranda then heads out to the driveway and approaches a paparazzo to bum a cigarette. The... (full context)
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Back in the house, Miranda creeps into Arthur’s study. She notices the beginning of a letter to Arthur’s friend V,... (full context)
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After taking the paperweight, Miranda returns to her studio to continue working on Station Eleven. Soon Elizabeth shows up to... (full context)
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Three months later, Arthur and Miranda get divorced. While Elizabeth moves into their Hollywood home, Miranda moves back to Toronto and... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...last time Clark was there was the dinner party when Arthur was still married to Miranda. (full context)
Chapter 27
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...worried that Arthur will recognize him as the man who took the embarrassing photo of Miranda, but Arthur doesn’t seen to know. Arthur takes a liking in Jeevan, and decides to... (full context)
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...He tells his brother Frank that he’s smiling about Arthur, and then he remembers tricking Miranda into the embarrassing photo with a cigarette. (full context)
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As she looks through the magazines, Kirsten discovers a photo of Miranda Carroll visiting the production of King Lear in Toronto. Kirsten realizes that she was in... (full context)
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Two weeks before the collapse, Miranda flies to Toronto from New York. At this point, she is a high-powered, well-traveled business... (full context)
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The reason Miranda is seeing Arthur is a call she received a few months ago from Arthur telling... (full context)
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...to a restaurant will be too public. Though the paparazzi stopped following her long ago, Miranda spends some time on her appearance (her “armor”) before leaving her hotel. On the way... (full context)
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Arthur and Miranda meet in his dressing room, where they begin by exchanging pleasantries. She asks him how... (full context)
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Though she is mentioned in the book, Arthur tells Miranda he did use some discretion in his letters to Victoria. He tells Miranda he thinks... (full context)
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The topic of conversation turns back to catching up: Miranda isn’t married, she has no kids, and she loves her job and her life. Arthur,... (full context)
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...point in the conversation, a young Kirsten enters the dressing room with her coloring book. Miranda is introduced to Kirsten and reflects that she will probably grow up to be unadventurous... (full context)
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Arthur then asks Miranda if she is still drawing, to which she answers yes, always. Her focus has lately... (full context)
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...her coloring book. Kirsten fears that she has messed up coloring the princess’s dress, but Miranda and Arthur think it’s perfect. The conversation between Arthur and Miranda ends with Miranda saying... (full context)
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A little while later, Miranda realizes she forgot to give Arthur the paperweight that Clark Thompson brought to the dinner... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Two weeks after meeting with Arthur in Toronto, Miranda is on a beach in Malaysia. She is unaware that the collapse is occurring. She’s... (full context)
Chapter 41
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After receiving the news of Arthur’s death, Miranda sits on the beach for a while, thinking about Arthur. Slowly, she begins to realize... (full context)
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...too late for her to leave Malaysia, since all of the airports are closed. As Miranda starts feeling sicker and sicker, she tells herself that it’s just in her head, and... (full context)
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At four in the morning, Miranda awakes with a fever and aches and pains. She struggles to make her way across... (full context)
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Outside, Miranda sees the beginning of sunrise. Though she is very weak, she makes it to the... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...sent the other set to Tyler. Arthur doesn’t really understand the comics, but fondly remembers Miranda creating them. (full context)
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...files in for a visual effect. He hates it and feels self-conscious. He thinks of Miranda, remembering an instance when he overheard her saying “I regret nothing.” He considers himself to... (full context)
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...1, No. 2: The Pursuit,” Dr. Eleven meets the ghost of his mentor Captain Logan. Miranda spent years perfecting this scene, and years later, she returns to it in her delirium... (full context)
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...that is clearly Elizabeth Colton, and a man that looks a little bit like Arthur. Miranda is replaced by Dr. Eleven. (full context)
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...thought. Clark remembers the dinner party in vivid detail and wonders what ever happened to Miranda. He looks up at the tarmac and the airplanes that have been grounded for two... (full context)