Orphan Train

Orphan Train

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:
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). 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.”

Related Characters: Miss Larsen (speaker), Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Page Number: 156
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
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...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
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...to help Molly. Vivian finds her favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, a gift from Miss Larsen . Vivian then asks Molly what she was like growing up. Molly remembers how she... (full context)
Chapter 18: Hemingford Country, Minnesota, 1930
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...children (of all ages) and drives them to the schoolhouse in his truck. The teacher, Miss Larsen , is pretty and kind. She keeps soap and clean rags in the indoor bathroom... (full context)
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...he teaches her how to plant rice from seeds in the stream. On her birthday, Miss Larsen surprises Niamh with a party and a loaf of Irish currant cake, baked for Niamh... (full context)
Chapter 22: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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When Niamh returns to school several days later, she hands Miss Larsen a note explaining that she was absent because of the lice. Miss Larsen “doesn’t give... (full context)
Chapter 23: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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...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
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...he takes her inside, starts a fire, and gives her new blankets, asking no questions. Miss Larsen then arrives, and startled to see her. After Mr. Post leaves, she tells Niamh to... (full context)
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When Mr. Post returns a while later, Miss Larsen pauses her lesson to speak with him privately. Then they call Niamh outside to the... (full context)
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When Mr. Sorenson arrives, he meets with Miss Larsen and Niamh on the back porch. After Niamh finishes telling her story, Mr. Sorenson reaches... (full context)
Chapter 25: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
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A man who works for Miss Larsen ’s landlady drives Niamh and Miss Larsen to the boardinghouse. They drive into Hemingford, which... (full context)
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Niamh sits with Miss Larsen in her room until supper. She notices that Miss Larsen’s small room is “tidy and... (full context)
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...she is confined to her bed, going in and out of delirium. Mrs. Murphy and Miss Larsen take turns caring for her and feeding her chicken soup. Mrs. Murphy “bustles around” all... (full context)
Chapter 26: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...is separate.” She is up to the point in the story where Niamh stays with Miss Larsen . Molly relates to Vivian’s distrust in the intentions of others, her “forced” smiles, false... (full context)
Chapter 28: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
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After her health improves, Niamh begins riding with Miss Larsen to school each morning. Nearly every day, Mrs. Murphy finds some new garment to give... (full context)
Chapter 29: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
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Mr. Sorenson, Miss Larsen , and Mrs. Murphy are present when the Nielsens arrive a few days later. After... (full context)