While Orwell never names his wife in the story and she largely remains in the background of the narrative, she plays an important role in supporting him throughout his time in Spain. From Barcelona, she sends Orwell food and goods. When Orwell returns to their hotel in Barcelona after the POUM has been declared illegal, she informs him of the situation and tells him to go into hiding at once. In June 1937, she and Orwell manage to escape the country. Despite her fleeting presence in and out of the narrative, it appears that she, too, has been deeply marked by the Spanish Civil War. In France, she, like Orwell, wishes to return to Spain to show solidarity to their Republican comrades.
Orwell’s wife Character Timeline in Homage to Catalonia
The timeline below shows where the character Orwell’s wife appears in Homage to Catalonia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
There are shortages of most things, including much-needed uniforms and boots. Orwell’s wife occasionally manages to send him tea, chocolate, and cigars from Barcelona, but even in the... (full context)
...explains, they examined every single object and possible hiding place in the room. However, since Orwell’s wife was lying in bed, they refused to inspect the bed. Even though Orwell had nothing... (full context)
Finally, one morning after receiving their passports from the British consulate, Orwell and his wife head to the train station. While waiting for the train, Orwell writes a final letter... (full context)