Middlemarch

Middlemarch

by

George Eliot

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Mrs. Lucy Vincy Character Analysis

Mrs. Vincy is a wealthy, somewhat obnoxious Middlemarch woman who spoils her children, claiming that her eldest two children Fred and Rosamond are the best young man and woman in Middlemarch. Her sister was married to Mr. Featherstone, and this link between her family and the Featherstones leads them to mistakenly believe that Fred will inherit Featherstone’s land upon his death.
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Mrs. Lucy Vincy Character Timeline in Middlemarch

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Lucy Vincy appears in Middlemarch. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 11
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One morning after breakfast, Rosamond is doing embroidery by the fire while Mrs. Vincy asks their servant to wake Rosamond’s brother, Fred, who is still asleep at 10:30 am.... (full context)
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Fred enters, and he, Mrs. Vincy , and Rosamond discuss manners of speech and how these betray a person’s class. Rosamond... (full context)
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Mrs. Vincy says that she wishes Rosamond had gone to live with her uncle, a younger Mr.... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 12
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...give Fred money to pay his debts, and says that he’s heard Mr. Bulstrode criticize Mrs. Vincy ’s habit of spoiling her children. Mary mentions that she doesn’t like hearing about “scandal.”... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14
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At home, Fred gives the banknotes from Featherstone to Mrs. Vincy , telling her to keep them safe so he can use them to pay his... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 23
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The Garths have always felt great affection for Fred and Rosamond. Before marrying Mrs. Vincy ’s sister, Mr. Featherstone had been married to Caleb Garth’s sister, thereby creating a connection... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 26
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...Diamond as meat for a small price, Fred begins to feel very ill and asks Mrs. Vincy to call Mr. Wrench. Wrench concludes that there is nothing seriously wrong, but when Fred... (full context)
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...away and be given a nurse; he then gives very specific instructions for his treatment. Mrs. Vincy begs Lydgate to come back regularly, and Lydgate awkwardly suggests that he can come along... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 35
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...a great many of Featherstone’s relatives. The Garths are not mentioned, but Mr. Vincy and Mrs. Vincy learn they will receive £100 each. It is then announced that Fred will receive £10,000;... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 36
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...He furiously tells Fred that he’d better retake his college exam and pass this time. Mrs. Vincy tells her husband not to be so harsh to Fred; while both parents agree that... (full context)
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Mr. Vincy declares that he withdraws his approval of Rosamond’s engagement, and the next day Mrs. Vincy informs her daughter of the news. Rosamond is adamant that the engagement will go ahead... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 40
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...under him as a kind of assistant. Mrs. Garth points out that Mr. Vincy and Mrs. Vincy would be far too proud to let that happen, and besides, Fred is now going... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 56
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...will contribute to the costs of the household. Mr. Vincy agrees only because he knows Mrs. Vincy will want it this way. Father and son shake hands. Meanwhile, when Fred tells his... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 63
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...Garth. Mrs. Farebrother comments that Lydgate spends a lot of time away from Rosamond, and Mrs. Vincy chimes in that it has been very difficult for Rosamond to have a husband who... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 75
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...doesn’t believe that anything new has happened to prompt this restriction. Later, Mr. Vincy and Mrs. Vincy tell her everything. Mr. Vincy says he doesn’t believe that Lydgate has caused anyone any... (full context)