The Wheelwrights’ former cook and housekeeper. After Lydia has her leg amputated due to cancer, Harriet hires two other maids, Ethel and Germaine, to care for her and Lydia. The family takes care of Lydia for the rest of her life, treating her as one of their own, and she always imitates the dignified Harriet Wheelwright. She develops dementia and dies at home on Christmas Eve while Owen Meany is performing in The Christmas Carol.
Lydia Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Lydia appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Foul Ball
John explains that Harriet, while snobbish, was also generous and noble. When her longtime maid, Lydia, had to have her leg amputated for a tumor, Harriet replaced her with two maids—one... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Armadillo
Chapter 3: The Angel
...that he awoke the household and the whole neighborhood. Harriet cried out in response, and Lydia shrieked in pain from leaping out of bed and crashing into her dresser. Owen would... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Little Lord Jesus
Chapter 5: The Ghost of the Future
...John hears Germaine whispering in the secret passageway, praying to herself. Germaine tells him that Lydia died in her bed while Germaine was reading to her. While Germaine was sitting with... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Voice