Harvest

by

Jim Crace

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Lizzie Carr Character Analysis

One of the youngest girls in the village. In the beginning of the novel, Mr. Quill chooses her as the Gleaning Queen, investing her with all the symbolism of harvest abundance and the promise of regeneration in the new year. However, Edmund Jordan later detains her and two other women on false charges of witchcraft; worry over the little girl prompts the villagers to attack one of Jordan’s men and then flee the village, fearing reprisals. In this sense, Lizzie represents both the village’s strength and the ultimate tragedy of its downfall.

Lizzie Carr Quotes in Harvest

The Harvest quotes below are all either spoken by Lizzie Carr or refer to Lizzie Carr. 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 Vintage edition of Harvest published in 2013.
Chapter 4 Quotes

The moment is always a rousing one. Our labors are condensed to this: a dozen tokens of our bread and drink, each tucked and swaddled in the oval of a grain, and sitting on a child’s undamaged skin. What should we do but toss our hats and cheer?

Related Characters: Walter Thirsk (speaker), Lizzie Carr
Page Number: 61
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Dissent is never counted. It is weighed. The master always weighs the most. Besides, they can’t draw up a petition and fit it to the doorway of the church as other places do. It only takes a piece of paper and a nail, that’s true. But, even if they had a doorway to a church, none of them has a signature.

Related Characters: Walter Thirsk (speaker), Master Kent, Edmund Jordan, Lizzie Carr
Page Number: 130
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 13 Quotes

I’ll not forget her blowing on the grains to winnow off the flake and how the barley pearls were weighty on her palm. But now she is like chaff herself. A sneeze could lift her up and take her off. She’s hollowed out and terrified.

Related Characters: Walter Thirsk (speaker), Lizzie Carr
Page Number: 173
Explanation and Analysis:
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Lizzie Carr Character Timeline in Harvest

The timeline below shows where the character Lizzie Carr appears in Harvest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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In the end, Mr. Quill makes an unexpected decision, choosing Lizzie Carr, a four-year-old. She’s delighted to be chosen but scared to hold his hand; to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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That night, Walter relates that Lizzie Carr, the young Gleaning Queen, has been detained by Master Jordan, along with Anne Rogers... (full context)
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The one thing of which Walter is certain is that earlier in the afternoon, Lizzie snuck out of the threshing barn, still wearing her gleaning sash, only to be picked... (full context)
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Walter isn’t sure how the other women got involved. He imagined they witnessed Lizzie’s capture and ran out of the barn to defend her, only to be born off... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...says that Kitty Gosse identified herself as a witch while trying to spare Anne and Lizzie. Moreover, she said that all three of them were only followers and named half a... (full context)
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...these confessions to Master Jordan, who was smoking downstairs. Next, they brought in the confused Lizzie Carr and induced her to corroborate the women’s testimony by saying that Mr. Quill “made... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...small man, able to hurt a woman but not a grown man, like Gervase Carr, Lizzie’s father, who approaches and asks roughly where his daughter is. Thinking himself protected by his... (full context)
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...friend, John Carr, barely looks at him as he leaves. Walter knows they’re not abandoning Lizzie, but trying to reach safety outside the village, where they can regroup and plan how... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Next the servants lead the Kitty, Anne, and Lizzie into the courtyard. Kitty sees Walter and he knows he should approach and comfort them,... (full context)
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Next, Walter sees Kitty, Anne, and Lizzie pass by, looking down and guarded by the men. Master Kent is too far ahead... (full context)
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...one for company. He wishes Kitty was still here, or that he could comfort young Lizzie and take care of her. Instead, Walter walks down into the fields, where he’s comforted... (full context)