Sheridan Le Fanu

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Carmilla’s Mother Character Analysis

After surviving a carriage accident outside of Laura’s home, Carmilla’s mother leaves her daughter in the care of Laura’s father, claiming that she must continue on an urgent journey and will return for her daughter in three months time. Suspiciously, she emphasizes that Carmilla will give no information about her past or her family. It’s suggested that the carriage accident and urgent journey are both ruses to get Carmilla into Laura’s home.

Carmilla’s Mother Quotes in Carmilla

The Carmilla quotes below are all either spoken by Carmilla’s Mother or refer to Carmilla’s Mother. 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:
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“At another time I should have told her to wait a little, until, at least, we knew who they were. But I had not a moment to think in. The two ladies assailed me together, and I must confess the refined and beautiful face of the young lady, about which there was something extremely engaging, as well as the elegance and fire of high birth, determined me; and, quite over-powered, I submitted, and undertook, too easily, the care of the young lady, whom her mother called Millarca.”

Page Number: 82
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Carmilla’s Mother Character Timeline in Carmilla

The timeline below shows where the character Carmilla’s Mother appears in Carmilla. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3 
Love and Lust Theme Icon
...Laura asks her father what he meant by his comment. He tells her that the girl’s mother had informed him her daughter was weak and prone to seizures, but perfectly sane. She... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...attention of a young masked woman who was dressed magnificently, and was accompanied by an older lady who was also richly dressed. (full context)
Women and Sexuality Theme Icon
Love and Lust Theme Icon
Class and Class Warfare Theme Icon
The two women approached and the older woman spoke to the General. She claimed to know him, referring to memories that the General... (full context)