Babylon Revisited

Lincoln Peters Character Analysis

Lincoln Peters is Marion’s husband and Charlie’s brother-in-law. Lincoln provides a comfortable, upper-middle-class life for his family by working at a bank. He is a reasonable and good-natured man, and a loving and concerned husband to Marion. While Marion and Charlie have a bitter relationship, Lincoln is much more hospitable toward Charlie, often acting as a mediator in Charlie and Marion’s disputes. Lincoln confides in Charlie that he suspects Marion resents Charlie so strongly because of his wealth. While it seems that Lincoln would like Charlie to be reunited with Honoria, he ultimately defers to his wife’s wishes in order to keep her emotionally stable.

Lincoln Peters Quotes in Babylon Revisited

The Babylon Revisited quotes below are all either spoken by Lincoln Peters or refer to Lincoln Peters . 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 Scribner edition of Babylon Revisited published in 1995.
Section 3 Quotes

As I told you, I haven't had more than a drink a day for over a year, and I take that drink deliberately, so that the idea of alcohol won't get too big in my imagination. You see the idea?"
"No," said Marion succinctly.
"It's a sort of stunt I set myself. It keeps the matter in proportion."
"I get you," said Lincoln. "You don't want to admit it's got any attraction for you."
"Something like that. Sometimes I forget and don't take it. But I try to take it.”

Related Characters: Charlie Wales (speaker), Marion Peters (speaker), Lincoln Peters (speaker)
Page Number: 624
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"I don't blame Marion," Charlie said slowly, "but I think she can have entire confidence in me. I had a good record up to three years ago. Of course, it's within human possibilities I might go wrong any time. But if we wait much longer I'll lose Honoria's childhood and my chance for a home." He shook his head, "I'll simply lose her, don't you see?"

Related Characters: Charlie Wales (speaker), Marion Peters (speaker), Lincoln Peters (speaker)
Page Number: 626
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Section 4 Quotes

"There's another thing." Lincoln hesitated. "While you and Helen were tearing around Europe throwing money away, we were just getting along. I didn't touch any of the prosperity because I never got ahead enough to carry anything but my insurance. I think Marion felt there was some kind of injustice in it—you not even working toward the end, and getting richer and richer."
"It went just as quick as it came," said Charlie.

Related Characters: Charlie Wales (speaker), Lincoln Peters (speaker)
Page Number: 629
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Lincoln Peters Character Timeline in Babylon Revisited

The timeline below shows where the character Lincoln Peters appears in Babylon Revisited. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
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...Honoria embrace warmly, and then she leads him into the home’s salon, where Charlie’s brother-in-law, Lincoln Peters, his sister-in-law, Marion Peters, and their two children are all waiting. When Charlie greets... (full context)
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...who is playing with a doll he brought her. In response to a question from Lincoln about business in Prague, Charlie explains that he’s doing very well, having made a larger... (full context)
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...bars,” and he explains that he has “one drink every afternoon, and no more.” When Lincoln offers Charlie a cocktail, Charlie repeats that he’s already had his one drink. Marion, with... (full context)
Section 2
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Charlie asks Honoria whether she likes her aunt and uncle, Marion and Lincoln, and she replies that she does, but then asks if the reason she doesn’t live... (full context)
Section 3
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Lincoln and Marion Peters are waiting anxiously in the salon of their home for Charlie to... (full context)
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...is coming from Burlington to keep house, and he wants Honoria. He reminds Marion and Lincoln that even when he and Helen were not getting along, they didn’t let it influence... (full context)
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Lincoln begins by saying that he and Marion have been discussing the matter since they received... (full context)
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Lincoln chimes in to suggest that the real question is whether Marion has enough confidence in... (full context)
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...idea of leaving Honoria in the care of someone so hostile toward him. But when Lincoln points out that Marion has never before taken issue with anyone’s use of the word... (full context)
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...Honoria “more luxuries,” recalling that while Charlie and Helen were “throwing away money,” she and Lincoln were “watching every ten francs.” She supposes Charlie will start “doing it again,” but Charlie... (full context)
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An “electric current of agony” surges through Charlie, but he controls himself. Lincoln asserts that he never thought Charlie was responsible for Helen’s death, and Charlie states that... (full context)
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Lincoln explains that Marion has had a hard day, as if apologizing on her behalf. He... (full context)
Section 4
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...but becomes sad when he remembers Helen, who had not planned to die. He calls Lincoln Peters at the bank where he works to ask whether he can count on being... (full context)
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Charlie goes to lunch with Lincoln, where he bemoans the fact that Marion has held such a grudge against him since... (full context)
The Peters’ house is warm and feels like a home. Marion and Lincoln are “not dull people,” but they are “very much in the grip of life and... (full context)
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...colossal nerve—” but before he can finish Marion has stormed out of the room, furious. Lincoln sends the children into the other room to eat dinner, and says to Charlie that... (full context)
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Lincoln comes back into the room and tells Charlie that Marion is in bad shape, and... (full context)
Section 5
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Charlie calls Lincoln to ask if Marion has said anything, and Lincoln responds that Marion is sick, and... (full context)