Love Medicine

Love Medicine

by

Louise Erdrich

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Beverly Lamartine Character Analysis

Henry’s brother, Lulu’s third husband, and Henry, Jr.’s father. Beverly is a successful door-to-door salesman living in Minneapolis. He is married to Elsa, whom he “adores,” but he has always had feelings for Lulu. After Henry’s death, Beverly and Lulu have a fleeting affair that produces Henry, Jr., but Beverly doesn’t see her again until several years later, when he returns to the reservation to get Henry, Jr. and bring him back to Minnesota. Beverly, however, can’t bear the thought of taking Henry, Jr. away from his brothers, and he never does tell Henry, Jr. he is his father. Beverly and Lulu are married right before Nector burns down Lulu’s house, but he fails to tell her that he is already married to Elsa. Lulu sends Beverly back to Minnesota to divorce Elsa, and she sends her son, Gerry, to make sure he does, but neither Gerry nor Beverly ever come back, and Lulu never sees him again.
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Beverly Lamartine Character Timeline in Love Medicine

The timeline below shows where the character Beverly Lamartine appears in Love Medicine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Lulu’s Boys
Tribal Connection and Family Ties Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
...last day that Lulu is Henry Lamartine’s widow, she sits drinking beer with Henry’s brother, Beverly. Beverly is a large man with huge muscles bursting from everywhere. As he has a... (full context)
Native Culture, Assimilation, and Racism Theme Icon
Lulu hasn’t seen Beverly since Henry’s funeral seven years ago. Henry died in a car crash after driving drunk... (full context)
Tribal Connection and Family Ties Theme Icon
Female Oppression and Strength  Theme Icon
...their brothers. The youngest, Henry, Jr., was born just nine months after Henry’s death, but Beverly is certain the boy is his, and he has come to take him home. (full context)
Tribal Connection and Family Ties Theme Icon
Native Culture, Assimilation, and Racism Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Beverly lives in the Twin Cities, where there are plenty of opportunities for Native Americans. He... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
Sitting across from Lulu in her kitchen, Beverly can’t believe how long it has been since Henry’s death. He looks around Lulu’s immaculate... (full context)
Tribal Connection and Family Ties Theme Icon
Native Culture, Assimilation, and Racism Theme Icon
Henry, Jr. comes in and asks Beverly to make his bird tattoo fly. Beverly rolls up his sleeve and flexes his arm,... (full context)
Native Culture, Assimilation, and Racism Theme Icon
Female Oppression and Strength  Theme Icon
By that evening, Beverly has completely abandoned his plans to take Henry, Jr. back to Minneapolis. Beverly watches Lulu... (full context)
The Plunge of the Brave
Native Culture, Assimilation, and Racism Theme Icon
God and Religion  Theme Icon
Love Theme Icon
Now, in 1957, Nector knows that Beverly Lamartine has been visiting Lulu as well, and Nector is insanely jealous, but he still... (full context)
The Good Tears Part 1
Female Oppression and Strength  Theme Icon
Soon after, Henry’s brother, Beverly, came to visit and claimed he wanted to get married. He had been waiting for... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
...after that her house burned to the ground. After the fire, Lulu had wished that Beverly had been there to stop it, but he was back in Minneapolis. Lulu had already... (full context)
Female Oppression and Strength  Theme Icon
Beverly and Gerry never did come back from Minnesota, and Lulu is pretty sure that Beverly... (full context)