Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

by

George Saunders

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Mrs. Francis Hodge Character Analysis

A former slave who now exists in the Bardo. Mrs. Hodge kindly speaks for Litzie Wright, delivering the silent woman’s life story to Willie. As for herself, Mrs. Hodge inexplicably has bloody stumps in place of her hands and feet. When Willie reveals to the Bardo-dwellers that they’re all dead, she and Litzie decide to depart together.
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Mrs. Francis Hodge Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Francis Hodge appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 66
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Next, Litzie Wright steps forward with Mrs. Francis Hodge , who tells Litzie’s story, since Litzie can’t speak. Mrs. Francis Hodge explains that Litzie... (full context)
Chapter 77
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...raped Litzie became capable of speech, her first utterance consisting of words of thanks to Mrs. Hodge for speaking for her, during all those mute and lonely years,” Elson Farwell notes. Despite... (full context)
Chapter 95-96
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Mrs. Francis Hodge explains that she and a number of other black souls refrained from entering the chapel,... (full context)
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...back as he directs his mind to the hardships of people like Litzie Wright and Mrs. Hodge . “We are ready, sir,” he says, “are angry, are capable, our hopes are coiled... (full context)
Chapter 97
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Litzie and Mrs. Hodge discuss the shocking news that they’re dead, and both of them resolve to depart. When... (full context)