Steina is Jón and Margrét’s daughter and Lauga's older sister. Blonde and brown eyed, Steina is not as beautiful as Lauga, nor as socially adept. Steina's family often criticizes her for failing to complete domestic tasks correctly. Steina is somewhat headstrong and does not hesitate to express her opinions. When Agnes first arrives at Kornsá, Steina recognizes Agnes from a time they met on the road. Steina, empathizing with Agnes, tried to strike up a friendship with her, causing tension between her and Lauga.
Steina Jónsdóttir Character Timeline in Burial Rites
The timeline below shows where the character Steina Jónsdóttir appears in Burial Rites. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Jónsson and 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,... (full context)
...Margrét arrive, Jon greets Lauga with a kiss. Margrét and Lauga hug. Margrét asks where Steina is, and Lauga says she is fetching water. Margrét expresses surprise that she is not... (full context)
The narrative returns to the third-person as Margrét cleans up from dinner while Lauga and Steina sleep. The house at Kornsá has begun to decay, causing dangerous mold that gives the... (full context)
...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 appeal. She... (full context)
...Agnes quietly asks Tóti to talk to Blöndal about creating a petition for her, as Steina suggested. Tóti hesitantly agrees and asks Agnes again about her childhood. She begins to tell... (full context)
...to Agnes’s 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... (full context)
...last meeting. Tóti is still at Kornsá because the weather is not good. While fixing Steina’s knitting, Agnes tells Tóti about Natan’s farm, which was far from everything. She describes her... (full context)