Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father Character Analysis

Mr. Ayer is Molly’s father. He was a Penobscot Indian who was proud of his cultural heritage and made an effort to share it with Molly. He had a problem with alcohol abuse, however, and died in a car accident when Molly was eight years old. The charm necklace Molly wears was a birthday gift from her father.

Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father Quotes in Orphan Train

The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father or refer to Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father. 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:
Belonging and Connection Theme Icon
). 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

The charms are all she has left of what used to be her life.

Page Number: 7
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation long mobile

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Orphan Train quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Orphan Train LitChart as a printable PDF.
Orphan train.pdf.medium

Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father Character Timeline in Orphan Train

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Ayer / Molly’s Father appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
Belonging and Connection Theme Icon
Self and Identity Theme Icon
Safety and Survival Theme Icon
Trauma and Loss Theme Icon
Hope and Skepticism Theme Icon
...a charm necklace with a fish, a bear and a raven – a gift from Molly’s father for her eighth birthday, just before he died in a car accident. A year later,... (full context)
Chapter 20: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
Belonging and Connection Theme Icon
Self and Identity Theme Icon
Safety and Survival Theme Icon
Trauma and Loss Theme Icon
Secrets, Reality, and Illusions Theme Icon
...and a Sara Lee cake from the mini-mart where Molly’s mother worked. Her mom called Molly’s father repeatedly, angry that he hadn’t remembered. After Molly went to bed, her father came home... (full context)