Andrius’ mother is the attractive wife of a Lithuanian officer who is believed to be dead. She and her son are extremely protective of each other, and Mrs. Arvydas agrees to sleep with NKVD officers so that they do not kill Andrius. Though this keeps the mother and son well fed, clothed, and sheltered, his mother’s sacrifice takes a deep toll on Andrius. Like Elena, Mrs. Arvydas would do absolutely anything to save her family members.
Mrs. Arvydas Quotes in Between Shades of Gray
The Between Shades of Gray quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Arvydas or refer to Mrs. Arvydas. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Speak edition of Between Shades of Gray published in 2012.).
Chapter 39 Quotes
“Because they threatened to kill me unless she slept with them. And if they get tired of her, they still might kill me. So how would you feel, Lina, if your mother felt she had to prostitute herself to save your life?
Mrs. Arvydas Character Timeline in Between Shades of Gray
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...they all needed. Andrius finds a beautiful oval stone made of quartz and minerals, and Mrs. Arvydas pretends it is a ring, calling herself the “train car princess” and making everyone laugh.... (full context)
...remain, including Lina’s. The bald man complains that they would be better off dead, and Mrs. Arvydas points out that they are lucky not to have been sold as slaves. Andrius, Jonas,... (full context)
...Elena talking discreetly to Andrius, who hands her a bundle. Through a window Lina sees Mrs. Arvydas distributing drinks to the NKVD. Lina concludes that Andrius and his mother are working with... (full context)
...the stolen pen and her payment of two cigarettes. Behind the NKVD barracks, Lina notices Mrs. Arvydas crying and Andrius comforting her. Lina approaches them, but Andrius tells her to go away,... (full context)
...days later anyway. Though the deportees are silent when they arrive, they do not resent Mrs. Arvydas ’ clean clothing—no one would want to trade places with her. Someone produces a bottle... (full context)
...strength during his bout of scurvy. Elena goes with Andrius to say Merry Christmas to Mrs. Arvydas . Jonas and Lina reminisce about how they used to spend Christmas, and hope their... (full context)