Life as We Knew It

Mrs. Nesbitt Character Analysis

The elderly neighbor of Laura, Miranda, Matt, and Jonny. Mrs. Nesbitt grew up with Laura’s parents and is considered to be part of their family. When preparing their home in the aftermath of the natural disasters, they also make sure that Mrs. Nesbitt’s home is stocked, and they check on her frequently in the months that follow. Before Mrs. Nesbitt passes away, she tells Miranda to take anything that is useable from her house.

Mrs. Nesbitt Quotes in Life as We Knew It

The Life as We Knew It quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Nesbitt or refer to Mrs. Nesbitt. 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 Harcourt edition of Life as We Knew It published in 2006.
Chapter 15 Quotes

I’ve never really thought about what it would be like to be an old woman. Of course nowadays I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to be any kind of woman.
But I hope when I get closer to death, however old I might be, that I can face it with courage and good sense the way Mrs. Nesbitt does. I hope that’s a lesson I’ve truly learned.

Related Characters: Miranda Evans (speaker), Mrs. Nesbitt
Page Number: 234
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mrs. Nesbitt Character Timeline in Life as We Knew It

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Nesbitt appears in Life as We Knew It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...On Mother’s Day Miranda volunteers to cook dinner for her mother (Laura) and their neighbor Mrs. Nesbitt . Miranda’s friend Megan and her mother (Mrs. Wayne) were also supposed to attend, but... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...a “party” of watching the asteroid’s impact with the moon. They had invited their neighbor Mrs. Nesbitt to join them, but she said she’d rather watch at home. Their mood is festive... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Laura arrives unexpectedly at school to pick up Miranda. Jonny and Mrs. Nesbitt are already waiting in the car, and Laura hands them each an envelope filled with... (full context)
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...of them a task: Jonny is in charge of getting water and supplies for Horton. Mrs. Nesbitt is to get paper goods. Miranda is tasked with canned soups, vegetables, and fruits, as... (full context)
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...and produce, Miranda sticks to her mother’s plan and buys nonperishables. She, Jonny, Laura, and Mrs. Nesbitt make multiple trips to fill their carts. A man tries to steal Mrs. Nesbitt’s cart,... (full context)
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...back to normal,” and says she wishes she trusted the president to handle this crisis. Mrs. Nesbitt compares their immediate future to food shortages and rations during World War II, but reassures... (full context)
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...and Laura can’t go anywhere on a date, they prepare apple crisp together and invite Mrs. Nesbitt to join them. The simple dinner of pasta and sauce with the apple crisp feels... (full context)
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...most of her editors, some friends, and her second cousins. She’s relieved to find that Mrs. Nesbitt’s family isn’t on the list—and Miranda is relieved that Brandon Erlich doesn’t appear on it.... (full context)
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June 5. Mrs. Nesbitt stops by with eggs that a former student had given her. Laura sautés them with... (full context)
Chapter 6
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After swimming at Miller’s Pond, Miranda and Dan accompany Laura and Mrs. Nesbitt into town. While Laura is getting gas—a complicated process of alternating between the two open... (full context)
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As Miranda walks with Mrs. Nesbitt and their bags of food to meet her mom at the gas station, she thinks... (full context)
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...let them live. Matt responds that Laura is scared, and stressed about Jonny’s camp and Mrs. Nesbitt’s safety, and Peter working too hard. He suggests that Miranda to see Sammi or Megan—and... (full context)
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July 15-17. Despite Miranda, Matt, Laura, and Mrs. Nesbitt’s search efforts, Horton is still missing. Matt warns Miranda that it’s possible Horton has been... (full context)
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...at the post office, saying that he’s fine and having fun. They celebrate by having Mrs. Nesbitt over for supper, which is extra festive with a can of peaches and a jar... (full context)
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August 1. The Evanses have a dinner party and invite Mrs. Nesbitt and Peter. Miranda delivers the invitations by bike while Hal, Jonny, and Matt work on... (full context)
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...Peter says that all they can do is focus on each day and stay hopeful. Mrs. Nesbitt states that she won’t survive it, but Jonny is young and strong. Miranda asks if... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...school board, that some of the schools won’t be reopening. Miranda says they can’t leave Mrs. Nesbitt , and Jonny suggests splitting up and at least one of them traveling south. Miranda... (full context)
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August 18. The Evanses celebrate Jonny’s 14th birthday by playing baseball and having dinner at Mrs. Nesbitt’s house. Mrs. Nesbitt manages to make cookies, and Jonny gives a speech about the importance... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...recounts each meal—including the one to celebrate Matt’s birthday. While there aren’t chocolate chip cookies, Mrs. Nesbitt made oatmeal raisin. Miranda eats one so Laura won’t be mad at her, but feels... (full context)
Chapter 13
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September 18. Laura trips and sprains her ankle. Since Matt and Jonny are at Mrs. Nesbitt’s house, Miranda has to go by herself to the hospital to find Peter. But the... (full context)
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September 20. Miranda goes to visit Mrs. Nesbitt —who has repeatedly turned down offers to move in with the Evanses because she wants... (full context)
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...all that’s going on. She’s settled into a routine of doing housework, hand-washing clothes, visiting Mrs. Nesbitt , and spending time in the sunroom with her family, playing poker and enjoying each... (full context)
Chapter 15
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October 29. During a visit to Mrs. Nesbitt’s house, Mrs. Nesbitt tells Miranda that it’s better that Laura can’t come visit so that... (full context)
Chapter 16
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November 7. Miranda finds Mrs. Nesbitt dead when she goes to visit her. Miranda kisses her cheek, then follows the directions... (full context)
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Matt, Jonny, and Miranda make a plan on how to transport the supplies from Mrs. Nesbitt’s house to their own. They need to do so quickly before anyone else catches on... (full context)
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While Jonny and Matt bring Mrs. Nesbitt’s body to the hospital, Laura and Miranda reminisce about Mrs. Nesbitt and the special items... (full context)
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November 8-10. Miranda finds Laura crying in the pantry over Mrs. Nesbitt . Peter also stops by to comfort her. (full context)
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November 30-December 1. Miranda avoids schoolwork by going for a walk to Mrs. Nesbitt’s —where, despite it having been ransacked, she finds a set of colored pencils to give... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...delighted about both of these gifts—even more so when she realizes the watch had been Mrs. Nesbitt’s . One of Laura’s presents is a photo of her as a child sitting in... (full context)
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...keep busy with their homeschooling, playing Scrabble, and holding sing-alongs. They hang up the paintings Mrs. Nesbitt left them and some of Matt’s sketches. Miranda reflects on the year that’s ending with... (full context)