Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

by

Lisa Wingate

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Victoria Sevier Character Analysis

The adoptive mother of Rill and Fern Foss (renamed May and Beth Weathers) and wife of Darren Sevier. Victoria suffers from extreme depression after suffering several miscarriages and delivering several stillborn babies. She adopts Rill and Fern to help fill the void created by the loss of her biological children and difficulties in conceiving another. Victoria is especially fond of Fern, who is close in age to what one of Victoria’s stillborn babies would have been if they had survived. However, she also comes to love Rill, who is adopted later to help comfort Fern.
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Victoria Sevier Character Timeline in Before We Were Yours

The timeline below shows where the character Victoria Sevier appears in Before We Were Yours. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18
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...year for the adoption process to be finalized and the man says he just wants Victoria to be happy. The man walks into the room Rill is in—it’s the man whose... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Victoria and Darren Sevier tell Rill to call them Papa and Mommy. To Rill, this doesn’t... (full context)
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...Zuma will tell Rill and Fern they’ll have to go back to the orphanage once Victoria gets pregnant; Zuma says she’s seen it happen before. Rill decides she and Fern won’t... (full context)
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One morning Victoria tells Rill she doesn’t have to get herself and Fern up so early in the... (full context)
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Victoria tells Rill that she is going to bring Fern on an outing alone so that... (full context)
Chapter 22
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One day Fern suddenly freezes in the middle of a room and wets herself—Victoria is talking to Georgia Tann in the parlor. Rill tells Fern to go hide and... (full context)
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That night Victoria tells Darren about what Tann said and Darren is furious. Victoria begs him to pay... (full context)
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...doesn’t change anything and promises to make sure Arney is taken care of. That night Victoria says they will have a pajama party with movies and hot cocoa. Rill is disappointed... (full context)
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Victoria sings a lullaby to Fern while she carries her up the stairs and Rill notices... (full context)