Me Before You

Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom) Character Analysis

Lou’s mother, a woman who takes great pride in keeping her house spotless and in caring for her two daughters, Lou and Treena, and her grandson, Thomas. Josie is also the primary caretaker of Lou’s Granddad, who has suffered a stroke. She endlessly supports Lou, though she cannot condone Lou’s involvement with Will’s plan to commit suicide.

Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom) Quotes in Me Before You

The Me Before You quotes below are all either spoken by Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom) or refer to Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom). 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Me Before You published in 2016.
Chapter 26 Quotes

Mum? I owe Will. I owe it to him to go. Who do you think got me to apply to college? Who do you think encouraged me to make something of myself, to travel places, to have ambitions? Who changed the way I think about everything? About myself even? Will did. I’ve done more, lived more, in the last six months than in the last twenty-seven years of my life.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom)
Page Number: 330
Explanation and Analysis:

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Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom) Character Timeline in Me Before You

The timeline below shows where the character Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom) appears in Me Before You. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...possible. She arrives at her house to the usual whirlwind of activities, while her mother, Josie Clark, rushes about cleaning the house and her father (Bernard) plays with Thomas, the toddler... (full context)
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Lou’s mother, Josie, quickly makes Granddad a cup of tea, chattering to Lou about Lou’s boyfriend Patrick. Patrick... (full context)
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Lou’s mom tries to be optimistic about Lou’s prospects, but Lou’s dad is angry that Lou has... (full context)
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Lou has no experience with caregiver, as Lou’s mom does all the work for Granddad at home, but she knows that she has to... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Lou’s mom insists that Lou wear her old suit from the 80s to her care interview. Lou... (full context)
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At home that night, Treena and Bernard speculate about how disabled this man will be. Josie is excited that Lou will be working for a “posh” family. Treena and Bernard continue... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...and her parents love the inside peek she provides to the Traynor’s upper class life. Josie is happy to find out that the Clark house is just as clean as the... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...her mom and dad are already planning a dinner. With Treena and Thomas at university, Josie needs the distraction to keep her busy. Patrick backs down, understanding that his busy training... (full context)
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Josie immediately starts cleaning the whole house once she hears that Will is coming to dinner.... (full context)
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...is suddenly self-conscious of her family’s cramped, cluttered house as Will sits at the table. Josie fusses over the roast in the kitchen, worried that it will be spoiled if they... (full context)
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...without incident, as Will tells Bernard about his old job buying and selling companies and Josie coos at having such a handsome young man at the table. Granddad even has a... (full context)
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Will leaves as Bernard thanks him for employing Lou and Josie sends him off with leftover chocolate mousse. Patrick half-heartedly apologizes for the physical advice, saying... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...both looking more mature. Treena decides that they will come back every weekend so that Josie can help with Thomas. Lou fills her in on how well the dinner with Will... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...with Will. 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... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...drive her to the airport but their parents are waiting in front of the door. Josie refuses to let Lou have anything to do with Will’s choice at Dignitas, arguing that... (full context)
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Treena careens through the streets, babbling that Josie will come around just like she did when Treena came home with the news that... (full context)