Miss Larsen is the teacher at the rural schoolhouse Vivian/Niamh attends in Hemingford County, Minnesota. Miss Larsen’s parents have both passed away, and she lives with other unmarried women in a ladies’ boardinghouse in Hemingford, run by Mrs. Murphy. Miss Larsen is gentle, cheerful and intelligent. She is especially kind to Vivian/Niamh (called “Dorothy” at the time). After the Grotes kick “Dorothy” out, Miss Larsen takes care of her and arranges for her to stay with her at the home of Mrs. Murphy.
Miss Larsen Quotes in Orphan Train
The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Larsen or refer to Miss Larsen. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of Orphan Train published in 2013.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
“I will help you find a home,” she says gently. “A place that is safe and clean, where you’ll be treated like a ten-year-old-girl. I promise you that.”
Miss Larsen Character Timeline in Orphan Train
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Larsen appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
...explains that she wrote it in elementary school, copying the letters from her favorite teacher, Ms. Larsen . Molly contemplates how old the note is, and remarks that the world has changed... (full context)
Chapter 13: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
Chapter 18: Hemingford Country, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 22: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 23: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
...warns her that when the snow worsens, she “might as well forget it.” One day, Miss Larsen expresses concern for Niamh’s missed homework and poor hygiene. Niamh doesn’t want her pity, and... (full context)
Chapter 24: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 25: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 26: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
Chapter 28: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 29: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930