Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo


George Saunders

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A poor white woman who exists in the Bardo with her husband, Eddie Barron. Like Eddie, Betsy is extremely vulgar and does not refrain from speaking lewdly when she addresses Willie. Also like Eddie, she considers Elson Farwell a friend and has no aversion to the black souls with whom she is buried in a mass grave.
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Betsy Barron Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo

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Chapter 27
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...heights of a pine tree and becoming as thin as a pencil. Meanwhile, Eddie and Betsy Baron approach and tell Willie in exceedingly vulgar language how they lived in extreme poverty but... (full context)
Chapter 100-101
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...can’t help but feel “shaken” by Willie’s words. Skimming across the grounds, they watch as Betsy Baron flickers and manifests as all her past and would-be future forms before departing, her husband... (full context)