A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by

Betty Smith

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Annie Laurie Nolan McShane Character Analysis

Born after Johnny’s death, she is the youngest child in the Nolan clan. Katie names her after a song that Johnny used to sing, called “Annie Laurie.” She has “a mass of soft black curls” and dark eyes that are set wide apart. When Sergeant Michael McShane proposes to Katie, he offers to adopt Laurie, who has never had a father. He also gives her his name.
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Annie Laurie Nolan McShane Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Annie Laurie Nolan McShane appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 40
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...Katie delivers a girl who will have “curling black hair” and whom they name Annie Laurie, though they will call her Laurie. (full context)
Chapter 41
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...to something Anglicized. Francie listens carefully, feeling that the world has changed between the day Laurie was born and graduation day. (full context)
Chapter 45
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...her salary makes life so much easier for the family. When she, Neeley, Katie, and Laurie go Christmas shopping, they first go to buy Katie a new hat. Katie bargains with... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...lonely evenings. It also gives her a few hours to spend in the park with Laurie. (full context)
Chapter 54
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...is the first time that Francie has seen him without his uniform. After playing with Laurie for a bit, Sergeant McShane states his wish to marry Katie. Katie worries, briefly, about... (full context)
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...Neeley that he doesn’t wish to replace their father, but he would like to adopt Laurie, since she has never had a father. Francie and Neeley think of what an easy... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...Monday morning for their things. Katie insists on working as usual that Saturday. Francie straps Laurie into her “two-wheeled sulky” and takes her outside. She watches kids lug junk to Carney’s... (full context)
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While out with Laurie, Francie passes by the house whose address she used to go to her preferred school.... (full context)
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While Laurie naps, Francie packs some of her things into a box, including her Bible, her edition... (full context)