Lauga is Jón and Margrét's daughter and Steina's younger sister. Lauga, with her blonde hair and blue eyes, is considered to be very beautiful and charming. Lauga does not like Agnes from the beginning, and she continues to loathe her even after the rest of the family warms to Agnes. Lauga thinks that Steina treats Agnes better than Steina treats her and worries that Agnes is ruining the family's reputation in the valley.
Lauga Jónsdóttir Quotes in Burial Rites
The Burial Rites quotes below are all either spoken by Lauga Jónsdóttir or refer to Lauga Jónsdóttir. 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 Back Bay Books edition of Burial Rites published in 2014.).
Chapter 13 Quotes
“Will they drown me?” I ask, and someone shakes her head. It is Lauga. “Agnes,” she says, and I say, “That is the first time you have called me by my name,” and that is it, she collapses as though I have stabbed her in the stomach.
Lauga Jónsdóttir Character Timeline in Burial Rites
The timeline below shows where the character Lauga Jónsdóttir appears in Burial Rites. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...proceeded to the Supreme Court in Copenhagen, where the King agreed with Blöndal’s execution sentence. Lauga asks if the murderers are being sent to Denmark for execution, and Blöndal tells her... (full context)
...Margrét set out for home, three days after Blöndal’s visit to their daughters Steina and Lauga. Margrét coughs violently as they ride back. As they pass a neighbor’s house, Margrét notices... (full context)
...of her former servants, imagining them killing her like Agnes killed Natan. She thinks of Lauga’s belief that murderers have outward marks of evil (harelips, snaggleteeth, etc.). She also thinks of... (full context)
...her wash the previous night. Despite herself, Margrét had looked for marks like the one Lauga insisted would be present. Margrét was shocked by how badly Agnes had been abused. When... (full context)
...she, having been sent back to the badstofa by Margrét, sees that the sleeping officer, Lauga, and Steina are now gone. She realizes with exhilaration she is unguarded for the first... (full context)
...thinks they met once before, while they were both travelling. She remembers that Agnes plaited Lauga’s hair and gave them each an egg. Agnes begins to vaguely remember the day Steina... (full context)
...contains the ministerial records. Reverend Pétur asks about the family at Kornsá and comments that Lauga is very beautiful and smart, and “runs circles around” Steina. Reverend Pétur heaves the record... (full context)
...changes to Agnes’s first-person narrative. She is sitting on the bed waiting while Margrét, Jón, Lauga, and Steina talk in the other room. Agnes is nervous and keeps thinking about Sigga’s... (full context)
...first person narrative as she helps Margrét prepare food for the harvest celebration. Steina and Lauga are away picking berries and moss. Agnes thinks of how Steina told her that they... (full context)
...asleep. Margrét is still awake and knitting. She looks around the badstofa and notices that Lauga is missing from her bed. Margrét gets up and eventually finds Lauga in the pantry.... (full context)