Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Marybeth Elliott Character Analysis

Amy’s mother, a slightly shrill and prim woman who has always demanded perfection of her daughter. After suffering upwards of five miscarriages and stillbirths, Marybeth finally gave birth to Amy—and Amy feels the pressure of being her mother’s long-awaited only daughter created a set of unrealistic expectations Amy could never live up to. Marybeth is generous and kind to Nick—but revokes her warmth and support when she discovers his affair with Andie. Like her daughter, Marybeth seems to be slightly hungry for the limelight, as she often gives press conferences and speeches throughout the investigation into Amy’s disappearance.

Marybeth Elliott Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Marybeth Elliott or refer to Marybeth Elliott. 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 Crown Publishers edition of Gone Girl published in 2012.
4. Amy, Diary Entry, Sep 18th, 2005 Quotes

My parents have always worried that I’d take Amy too personally—they always tell me not to read too much into her. And yet I can’t fail to notice that whenever I screw something up, Amy does it right… […] This used to drive me mad… […] That my parents, two child psychologists, chose this particular public form of passive-aggressiveness toward their child was not just fucked up but also stupid and weird and kind of hilarious. So be it.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Rand Elliott, Marybeth Elliott
Related Symbols: Amy’s Diary
Page Number: 26-27
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Marybeth Elliott Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Marybeth Elliott appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
4. Amy Elliott, Diary Entry, September 18th, 2005
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...questions from journalists about the state of her own romantic life. Amy’s parents, Rand and Marybeth, whom Amy describes as looking like a “prehistoric-monster-fish” and a “chicken,” respectively, bob around the... (full context)
7. Nick Dunne, The Night Of
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...suggests Nick go call Amy’s parents. Though it’s past midnight, and Nick knows Rand and Marybeth go to bed early, he goes out to the hall and makes the call. He... (full context)
9. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (1)
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Later, at the police station, Nick arrives to find that Marybeth and Rand are there, with their arms around one another. Nick is, and always has... (full context)
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Though Nick braces himself for Rand and Marybeth to be angry with him when they spot him, instead, they embrace him warmly and... (full context)
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Nick, Rand, Go, and Marybeth are all brought into a large conference room, where on a nearby easel there sits... (full context)
11. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (2)
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...the Elliotts at the local Days Inn. He goes up to the Elliotts’ room and Marybeth lets him in; together, they watch the five o’clock news from St. Louis. Amy’s disappearance... (full context)
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...the country, and Rand admits that there are some people who’ve worked for him and Marybeth over the years who might be suspicious. (full context)
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Nick asks Rand and Marybeth what the police have asked them about him—they console Nick and promise him that they... (full context)
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...the Elliotts that Desi is living in St. Louis, they insist on informing the police. Marybeth states that the authorities think the case is “close to home,” and “shiver[s]” as she... (full context)
12. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, August 23rd, 2010
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One day, Marybeth and Rand call to ask if they can come over. Amy grows frightened, afraid that... (full context)
13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone
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...over his brain—he has hardly slept at all, and is exhausted. He goes downstairs with Marybeth and Rand to an underused ballroom the inn has donated as a Find Amy Dunne... (full context)
15. Nick Dunne, Three Days Gone
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Marybeth and Rand are frustrated by the police’s refusal to look into one of Amy’s old... (full context)
25. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (1)
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As Rand, Marybeth, Nick, and Go arrive at the vigil together, Nick notes Rand’s psychotic cheer and Marybeth’s... (full context)
29. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (1)
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...and speeds to the airport to catch a plane to New York, he tries calling Marybeth, but she won’t pick up his calls. (full context)
30. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (1)
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...the fact that she “should never have been born.” After five miscarriages and two stillbirths—all girls—Marybeth gave birth to Amy, refusing to quit until they had their child. Amy grew up... (full context)
32. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (2)
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...life with no money, no home, and no friends. Amy believes that Nick, Rand, and Marybeth “killed [her] soul”—which should be a crime worthy of a fitting punishment. (full context)
37. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (2)
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...out, the doorbell rings—he pulls on some clothes and goes downstairs to find Rand and Marybeth standing on the doorstep. Nick invites them in, and once the door is shut, they... (full context)
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Nick is furious that Marybeth and Rand are treating him like this—they are the ones who “created [Amy].” Nick attempts... (full context)
39. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (3)
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...to mess with her annoying parents. Amy is the one who dared Hilary to approach Marybeth on the street one day and tell her she wanted to be the “new” Amy. (full context)
44. Amy Elliott Dunne, Ten Days Gone (1)
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...for Andie, she becomes enraged. Desi tries to hurry her out of the casino—but when Marybeth and Rand take over from Andie, both Amy and Desi freeze. Marybeth announces that in... (full context)
49. Nick Dunne, Fourteen Days Gone
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...of rage directed at all the women in his life who have let him down—Andie, Marybeth, Go, Boney, and Amy. He has tried his whole life to be a “decent guy,”... (full context)
58. Amy Elliott Dunne, Five Days After the Return
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As the investigation winds down, Amazing Amy sales pick up—Rand and Marybeth have secured a book deal for a new entry in the series, and though Amy... (full context)