Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

by

Lisa Wingate

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Miss Dodd Character Analysis

A worker at Ida Murphy and Georgia Tann’s orphanage in Memphis. Dodd is hired at the orphanage sometime after Rill Foss and her siblings are brought there. Because Dodd is so new, Rill tries to ask her for help by telling her about the abuse, forced separations after several of her siblings are removed, and how Camellia was sexually assaulted by Mr. Riggs. Dodd tries to help, but is fired by Murphy and sent back home with the threat that her own young siblings will be taken by Tann, as well. However, Dodd manages to find Zede and Silas, and tells them where Rill and the remaining siblings live.

Miss Dodd Quotes in Before We Were Yours

The Before We Were Yours quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Dodd or refer to Miss Dodd. 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 Ballantine edition of Before We Were Yours published in 2017.
Chapter 16 Quotes

“Perhaps you should have thought of that before you invented some ridiculous story about your fictitious sister and poor Mr. Riggs.”

Blood pounds in my head. I try to make sense of what she’s saying, but I can’t.

“There never was any… Camellia. You and I both know that, don’t we, May? There were four of you when you came here. Two little sisters and one little brother. Only four. And we’ve done a marvelous job in finding homes, thus far. Good homes. And for that, you are most grateful, aren’t you?” She motions to Mrs. Pulnik. […] “There will be no more of this nonsense out of you. Do you understand?”

Page Number: 185
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Miss Dodd Character Timeline in Before We Were Yours

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Dodd appears in Before We Were Yours. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
Miss Dodd unlocks the basement door and cheerfully greets Rill, Lark, and Fern. Miss Dodd is a... (full context)
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
Rill worries that Miss Dodd —who has four little siblings to support—might get in trouble for hiding the mess, but... (full context)
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...see a couple step out with Lark. Just as Rill is about to come forward, Miss Dodd pulls her into the kitchen and tells her she must let Lark go with her... (full context)
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...for telling lies about life in the orphanage and Mr. Riggs. Murphy tells her that Miss Dodd has been fired and her siblings will be taken by Tann because of what Rill... (full context)
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...surrender papers for all the kids. Silas says they looked for them for weeks before Miss Dodd found them and told them where to find Rill and the others. Silas has been... (full context)