President Lincoln’s wife, and Willie’s mother. When Willie dies, Mary takes to her bed, unable to get up even for the funeral. Lying under sedation, she has no idea that Lincoln leaves the White House in the night to visit Willie’s crypt. In the Bardo, presumably heaven-sent beings visit Willie in Mary’s form, comforting him and beckoning him to move on from this transitional realm, though Willie can sense that these beings aren’t actually his mother.
Mary Todd Lincoln Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo
The timeline below shows where the character Mary Todd Lincoln appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Years in the White House,” by a former slave who eventually became the confidante of Mary Lincoln . In this excerpt, she explains that President Lincoln is expected to “give a series... (full context)
...habits, which often made him “wild, naughty, [and] overwrought.” In the aftermath of his death, Mary Lincoln lies “insensate” as the President groans in grief. The evenings, it seems, are hardest for... (full context)