Me Before You

Camilla Traynor Character Analysis

Will’s mother, Camilla has a cold exterior that hides the immense pain she has felt ever since her son had his accident. Her job as a magistrate also gives her a bleak outlook on life. Camilla’s greatest fear is losing her son, especially to suicide, and she hires Lou to make sure that doesn’t happen. Though Lou is intimidated by Camilla’s high class life and career as a court magistrate, the two women share an understanding because of their pact to keep Will alive.

Camilla Traynor Quotes in Me Before You

The Me Before You quotes below are all either spoken by Camilla Traynor or refer to Camilla Traynor. 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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Chapter 21 Quotes

I knew it, and Camilla knew it. Even if neither of us would admit it to ourselves. Only on my son’s death would I be free to live the life of my choosing.

Related Characters: Steven Traynor (speaker), Will Traynor, Camilla Traynor
Page Number: 327
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Camilla Traynor Character Timeline in Me Before You

The timeline below shows where the character Camilla Traynor appears in Me Before You. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...hand to shake politely and the woman shakes her hand disdainfully before introducing herself as Camilla Traynor. Camilla leads Lou into a luxurious sitting room and begins to ask Lou about... (full context)
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Camilla sharply asks Lou what she plans to do with her life, and Lou has no... (full context)
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Lou is flustered at her mistake and finally settles on telling Camilla that she can make a mean cup of tea. Lou stutters to correct herself again,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Camilla starts to show Lou around the annex, the wing of Granta House that has been... (full context)
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Camilla takes Lou in to meet Will and Will’s personal nurse, Nathan. Will is a solidly... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...of the house for her break as soon as Nathan arrives each day. Will’s mother, Camilla, and father, Steven, don’t seem to know how to reach Will either, saying little but... (full context)
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...sour demeanor and endless complaints make it impossible for Lou to feel anything but exasperation. Camilla too makes Lou uncomfortable, watching her every move so that she can correct any possible... (full context)
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Camilla comes in one morning to let Lou know that Will has friends over, Rupert and... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...the Traynors think of her. Will, Mr. Traynor and Nathan are polite but distant, while Camilla is now convinced that Lou is worse than useless at any domestic task. (full context)
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Lou tries her best to stay cheerful and upbeat, like Camilla hired her to be, but can’t stand the way that Camilla micromanages her every move.... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...the rare moment of silence. Shortly before 5, Lou’s phone buzzes with a message from Camilla asking if Lou can stay the night, as Nathan can’t come back due to the... (full context)
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Camilla wakes Lou the next morning, annoyed that Lou stayed in Will’s room instead of the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lou gets to work and Camilla orders her to take Will outside so she can do some spring cleaning. In the... (full context)
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...bursts into the annex and shrieks at Will that he is more selfish than ever. Camilla follows the woman, asking her to be quiet. Lou thinks that the girl has the... (full context)
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...that Will seems distant once more. Lou takes the laundry down the hall and overhears Camilla and Georgina talking in the doorway. (full context)
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Georgina is sobbing as Camilla tells her that Will truly has no hope that he will ever get better. Lou... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Now in Camilla’s perspective, Camilla confesses that she never wanted to help her son kill himself. She has... (full context)
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Camilla enjoys her garden because it reminds her of the circle of life. It is there... (full context)
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Back in the present day, Camilla and Steven sit together in front of a fire in the living room. Georgina has... (full context)
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Camilla remembers when Will first told her how he wanted to end his life. She pretended... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Lou doesn’t sleep the night after she finds out Will’s plan. She is angry at Camilla for being so cold, now understanding that Camilla’s distance from her son is more than... (full context)
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...says she appreciated her honesty. Finally, Lou decides to leave a letter of resignation for Camilla. As Lou leaves for the day, she hears Will laughing as he watches football (soccer)... (full context)
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...husband’s infidelity on their front lawn. The whole neighborhood watches, but Lou is distracted when Camilla Traynor pulls up in a private car. Camilla seems embarrassed by the whole thing, but... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...with adventures” plan to the Traynor family. They are surprised, but supportive, Steven more than Camilla and Georgina. Camilla agrees, as long as she or Georgina goes on holiday with them,... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...fuss about Lou writing a thank you card for him to his violinist friend. Even Camilla is impressed with this breakthrough. Will even sends Lou a thank you card for all... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Lou now has 79 days to change Will’s mind, and Camilla calls Lou in to talk about Will’s current state. She carefully probes Lou on Will’s... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...in town with another woman and probes to see if Lou will say anything to Camilla. Lou focuses on hanging out the laundry and says that it’s none of her business.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...a polite friendship, such that even Nathan notices the difference. Lou finally decides to tell Camilla about Will’s meeting with the lawyer and arranges to meet her at the very café... (full context)
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...new café, wondering if old patrons like the Dandelion Lady will be happy here. When Camilla arrives, Lou shares the news about Will drawing up a will. Camilla tells Lou to... (full context)
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Lou can’t stop thinking about Camilla’s anger over her new living situation and voices her doubts to Patrick about rushing into... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Nathan, now narrating, recounts the day after the wedding. When Louisa and Will arrive home, Camilla is furious that they didn’t inform her that they would be staying in a hotel.... (full context)
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...Will’s mindset, but his enthusiasm is slightly dampened when he overhears a tense conversation between Camilla and Louisa. Camilla warns Louisa that she better know what she is dragging them all... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...– even skydiving. Lou is hopeful that this might finally change Will’s mind. Nathan and Camilla are skeptical, but ultimately approve. (full context)
Chapter 21
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...that weekend. Steven runs in to Louisa one Saturday morning and is pleasantly surprised, but Camilla only sees the potential downfalls to this situation. Steven wants to cheer up Camilla, but... (full context)
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The next Monday, Louisa shows Will, Camilla, and Steven the plans she has made for Will’s grand adventure in California. Steven is... (full context)
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...about Will’s holiday. Steven knows that Della would rather he leave Will behind and divorce Camilla, but he is glad that Della chooses not to bring that up. The only way... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...pneumonia, and it probably won’t be his last. Lou goes in to see Will, as Camilla sits next to his bed. Lou offers to sit with Will and give Camilla a... (full context)
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Nathan leaves the hospital ward and Lou waits for another hour outside Will’s room. Camilla finally comes out of Will’s room and asks Lou to stay with Will while she... (full context)
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Camilla returns and Lou goes back to waiting outside Will’s room. Camilla comes out around 4... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Camilla and Steven are waiting at the arrivals gate for Will, Nathan, and Lou, ready to... (full context)
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Camilla follows Lou as she leaves the airport and Lou can no longer hide the news... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Bernard assures Lou that she did everything she possibly could for Will, while Josie criticizes Camilla for letting her son even think of this plan. Lou tries to defend the impossible... (full context)
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...to delete all of the reporter’s messages, but stops when she hears a message from Camilla Traynor. Treena rushes up to the bathroom and forces Lou to call Camilla back. Lou... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...stays at a hotel, preparing to see the Traynors the next morning. She wonders why Camilla even called her here. Finally, morning comes and Lou gets up to go to the... (full context)
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Lou waits in the hotel lobby for the car that Camilla sent to take her to the clinic. She notices an open computer and logs on... (full context)
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...that she came. Will asks his family to give him and Lou a private moment. Camilla and Steven step out, dragging Georgina reluctantly with them. (full context)
Chapter 27
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Camilla and Steven split up after Will’s death, and Camilla resigns from her job as a... (full context)
Epilogue
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...their mother will calm down soon. Lou then thinks of a letter she received from Camilla where Camilla finally thanked Lou for the comfort Lou gave Will in his last months... (full context)