Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

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

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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?

Related Characters: Andrius Arvydas (speaker), Lina Vilkas, Mrs. Arvydas
Page Number: 159
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Mrs. Arvydas Character Timeline in Between Shades of Gray

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Arvydas appears in Between Shades of Gray. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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...to give Elena the piece of ham, but the bald man—who Lina learns is named Mr. Stalas —demands to know where the rest of the food is. Elena instructs Lina to give... (full context)
Chapter 21
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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)
Chapter 23
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...men who arrived look at all of the deportees. When they arrive at Lina’s group, Mrs. Arvydas begs Elena to tell them in Russian that Andrius is a simpleton. Elena tells them,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...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)
Chapter 38
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...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)
Chapter 41
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...to go to the village and thus post letters. The bald man speaks unkindly of Mrs. Arvydas and calls her “whore,” saying that she could perhaps find a way to send letters.... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...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)
Chapter 50
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...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)
Chapter 52
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...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)
Chapter 60
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...on the list, but Miss Grybas is not. All of this information was received from Mrs. Arvydas . They speculate how to prepare for another journey, and pray they will not be... (full context)