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One of the Governor’s wife’s two daughters. Lydia is pretty and sweet, and has a crush on Dr. Simon Jordan. Lydia is also captivated by Grace, and is kind to her, although she is also quite thoughtless. For example, when Grace agrees to make her a new dress, Lydia responds that she hopes Grace is never released from prison so she will always be around to help her, which Grace wryly calls “a compliment of a sort.”

Miss Lydia Quotes in Alias Grace

The Alias Grace quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Lydia or refer to Miss Lydia. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Alias Grace published in 1997.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“You killed her,” breathes Lydia. “I always thought so.” She sounds, if anything, admiring.

“The kerchief killed her. Hands held it,” says the voice. “She had to die. The wages of sin is death. And this time the gentleman died as well, for once. Share and share alike!”

Related Characters: Grace Marks (speaker), Mary Whitney (speaker), Miss Lydia (speaker), Dr. Simon Jordan, Mr. Thomas Kinnear, Nancy Montgomery
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 401
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Miss Lydia Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Lydia appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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Grace describes the scrapbooks that the Governor’s wife and her daughters keep. The daughters, Misses Lydia and Marianne, keep letters from friends, while the Governor’s wife fills her scrapbook with newspaper... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Quennell piping up to invite Simon to one of her weekly “spiritual Thursdays” meetings). Miss Lydia, one of the Governor’s daughters, arrives to ask Simon if he has seen the Governor’s... (full context)
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Simon and Lydia peruse the scrapbook, which contains newspaper clippings of crimes. Lydia flirts with Simon, who thinks... (full context)
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Left alone, Simon finds himself thinking of Grace, comparing her with Lydia. He thinks Grace, in comparison with the photo he’s seen of her, “is now more... (full context)
Chapter 21
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The men sit down to dinner, joined by the Governor’s wife and Miss Lydia, who Simon thinks looks like “a confection.” He privately thinks that “she should be on... (full context)
Chapter 27
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After Dr. Jordan leaves, Miss Lydia comes in and tells Grace she has “an admirer” in Dr. DuPont. Grace suspects that... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...as he has “half accepted” an invitation to go rowing on the lake with Miss Lydia. Upstairs, Simon realizes that Mrs. Humphrey has been stealing laudanum from him, and he feels... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...waits in Mrs. Quennell’s library, along with the Governor’s wife, the Reverend Verringer, and Miss Lydia. It is the day of Grace’s hypnosis, and Simon is secretly as “eager as a... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...to tell the difference.” Grace also informs Jeremiah that the Reverend Verringer has married Miss Lydia, and that though she has heard nothing from Dr. Jordan, she has heard many rumors... (full context)