Going Places


A.R. Barton

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Mother Character Analysis

Sophie’s mother. She appears to be a homemaker who is resigned to a dreary life, and is not particularly interested in or close to her children or husband. Very little information is provided about her aside from the “delicate” looking bow on her apron, and the overwhelming amount of housework she appears to be in charge of.

Mother Quotes in Going Places

The Going Places quotes below are all either spoken by Mother or refer to 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the National Council of Education Research and Training edition of Going Places published in 2014.
Going Places Quotes

Their mother sighed.

Sophie watched her back stooped over the sink and wondered at the incongruity of the delicate bow which fastened her apron strings. The delicate-seeming bow and the crooked back. The evening had already blacked in the windows and the small room was steamy from the stove and cluttered with the heavy-breathing man in his vest at the table and the dirty washing piled up in the corner. Sophie felt a tightening in her throat.

Related Characters: Sophie, Sophie’s Father, Mother
Related Symbols: The Bow
Page Number: 78
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Mother Character Timeline in Going Places

The timeline below shows where the character Mother appears in Going Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...very much.” Sophie’s little brother Derek quips that Sophie “thinks money grows on trees,” and their mother sighs. Sophie watches her mother “stooped over the sink,” noticing the “incongruity” between the “delicate... (full context)