The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Mr. Gordon Lowther Character Analysis

The singing teacher at Blaine, Mr. Lowther resembles Mr. Lloyd but is less attractive, long-bodied and short-legged; he owns a rich estate in Cramond. After Miss Brodie renounces her love for Mr. Lloyd, she becomes intimate with Mr. Lowther. The two of them, unmarried, scandalously begin sleeping together, it would seem, for Miss Ellen Kerr discovers a nightdress which quite likely belongs to Miss Brodie under one of Mr. Lowther’s pillows while cleaning his house. To everyone’s surprise, Mr. Lowther marries not Miss Brodie in the end but Miss Lockhart.
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Mr. Gordon Lowther Character Timeline in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Gordon Lowther appears in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...this point for her prettiness and her singing. Indeed, the long-bodied, short-legged, red- and gold-haired Mr. Lowther , the girls’ singing teacher, sometimes twitches her ringlets as she sings, even while Miss... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Rome where gladiators hailed Caesar, among other things. She also gives the girls apples from Mr. Lowther ’s orchard. The only thing, it would seem, that Miss Brodie doesn’t do is to... (full context)
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...her prime, Miss Brodie’s colleagues at the Junior school had been turning against her—all save Mr. Gordon Lowther and Mr. Teddy Lloyd, the only men on the staff. Both “were already a little... (full context)
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Though Mr. Lowther and Mr. Lloyd look like one another, both having red-gold coloring, “habitual acquaintance” proves otherwise.... (full context)
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Singing lessons with Mr. Lowther are different now, for Miss Brodie seems agitated before, during, and after them; she also... (full context)
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...a character from the novel Jane Eyre. She was distracted when Miss Gaunt mentioned that Mr. Lowther was not at school that week, ill like Miss Brodie. (full context)
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...with Jenny that Miss Brodie was having a love affair not with Mr. Lloyd but Mr. Lowther , and Jenny in particular imagined how the two teachers would initiate sexual intercourse together.... (full context)
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...since she renounced Mr. Lloyd, the love of her prime, she began an affair with Mr. Lowther as a cure. Sandy doubts, however, that this is the whole story. As the meal... (full context)
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...absence, Miss Brodie returns to her teaching post, thereby relieving Miss Gaunt of her duties. Mr. Lowther ’s singing class goes on as usual, Miss Brodie now playing the accompaniment on the... (full context)
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...in her imaginary partner that the two need to look into Miss Brodie’s “‘liaison with Gordon Lowther .’” Sandy and Jenny also begin composing a fictionalized love correspondence between Miss Brodie and... (full context)
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...fitting her old love story about Hugh to her new one involving Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Lowther . Sandy admires this narrative technique, but also feels a “pressing need to prove Miss... (full context)
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...region of Fife, Sandy and Jenny complete their fictionalized love correspondence between Miss Brodie and Mr. Lowther . At the mouth of a cave, they have written the last of it, where... (full context)
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One Saturday over tea Miss Brodie tells the girls that Mr. Lowther ’s housekeeper has left him, and that she disliked the housekeeper anyway because she, the... (full context)
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...and Jenny come to an end. The Kerr sisters have begun to enjoy caring for Mr. Lowther and have never been so perky or useful in their lives, especially since the time... (full context)
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Up to now, Miss Brodie has visited Mr. Lowther at his house in Cramond on Sundays. On that day she also went to church,... (full context)
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When it becomes clear that the Kerr sisters have permanently taken up housekeeping for Mr. Lowther , Miss Brodie fancies that her lover is getting thin because of their skimpiness in... (full context)
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...Brodie’s desirability from a man’s perspective, but also whether she could sexually surrender herself to Mr. Lowther , especially given that she is, though thinner than before, nonetheless larger than him. For... (full context)
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...many questions about Mr. Lloyd, including about his wife Mrs. Deirdre Lloyd and children, while Mr. Lowther eats looking mournfully on, fattening up at Miss Brodie’s insistence. Mr. Lloyd is a Roman... (full context)
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...girls never discover evidence as to whether or not Miss Brodie stays the night with Mr. Lowther , Miss Ellen Kerr supposes she has: a nightdress allegedly belonging to Miss Brodie stashed... (full context)
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One night in the summer of 1933, Sandy and Jenny are at Mr. Lowther ’s house at Cramond while Miss Brodie prepares a great ham. She asks them, as... (full context)
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...impulse, Sandy and Jenny decide then to run along the beach. When they return to Mr. Lowther ’s house, they listen to Miss Brodie speak of her forthcoming holiday to Germany, for... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...is resistant to the idea. Mr. Lloyd then asks Sandy about Miss Brodie’s relationship with Mr. Lowther : what does she see in him? Sandy replies sharply, “‘He sings to her.’” Mrs.... (full context)
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...time when Miss Ellen Kerr discovers what she believes to be Miss Brodie’s nightdress in Mr. Lowther ’s house. Mr. Lowther over the past two years has considered marrying either one of... (full context)
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...to fourteen, fourteen to fifteen, without ever stating or suggesting that she is sleeping with Mr. Lowther , for she is still determining which of the girls she can trust, and wants... (full context)
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...Rose excluded. Meanwhile, Sandy recalls to herself having seen Miss Lockhart golfing one Saturday with Mr. Lowther . The scene closes with Miss Brodie praising Sandy for her insight and Rose for... (full context)
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...educational methods, they will attempt to dismiss her through slander. She defends her relationship with Mr. Lowther as a close friendship, even though she has neglected him of late. Sandy thinks that... (full context)
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...Miss Brodie makes this announcement, however, it is reported in the newspaper The Scotsman that Mr. Lowther has become engaged to Miss Lockhart. Nobody expected it, and Miss Brodie feels betrayed. The... (full context)