The Screwtape Letters

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The patient’s lover Character Analysis

A virtuous, beautiful Christian woman, the patient’s lover is instrumental in attracting him toward God and leading him from temptation. Nevertheless, she is capable of some vice: because she has been raised in an educated Christian family, she has a tendency to look down on atheists and members of other religions.
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The patient’s lover Character Timeline in The Screwtape Letters

The timeline below shows where the character The patient’s lover appears in The Screwtape Letters. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter XXII
Proving Christianity True by Exploring Evil Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Screwtape describes the woman with whom the patient has fallen in love. She is Christian, “simpering” in her sincerity,... (full context)
Proving Christianity True by Exploring Evil Theme Icon
Religion and Reason Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Freedom, Will, and Sin Theme Icon
Fashion, Progress, and Change Theme Icon
Screwtape knows from Wormwood’s letters that the patient has met his lover’s entire family, and visited their house many times. The house is a “wretched” place, full... (full context)
Letter XXIII
Love Theme Icon
Freedom, Will, and Sin Theme Icon
...reveals that the patient is meeting more and more Christians every day through his new lover. This means that it will be very difficult to tempt the patient. Because Wormwood has... (full context)
Letter XXIV
Love Theme Icon
Screwtape has been in contact with Slumtrinket, the devil in charge of the patient’s lover. Slumtrinket has found a weakness in the patient’s lover: like so many young women who... (full context)
Religion and Reason Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Freedom, Will, and Sin Theme Icon
Fashion, Progress, and Change Theme Icon
Screwtape explains how the new information about the patient’s lover can be used to influence the patient. He argues that young novices are always prone... (full context)
Religion and Reason Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Freedom, Will, and Sin Theme Icon
Wormwood must convince the patient that his new friends and lover are “his people,” and that he has finally found a community for himself. This belief... (full context)
Letter XXVI
Love Theme Icon
As the patient pursues a courtship of his lover, Screwtape advises that Wormwood should try to influence him to be unselfish, rather than selfish.... (full context)
Letter XXX
Religion and Reason Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
...should believe that the air raid will not be repeated. If the patient meets his lover, he will talk less than usual, while she will talk more—this can be useful for... (full context)
Religion and Reason Theme Icon
...come to regard the nightmares of war as more “real” than his love for his lover, his job, or his day-to-day life. This will be a huge victory for the devils,... (full context)