Mr. Nielson is Vivian/Niamh’s third and only legal adoptive father. He and his wife, Mrs. Nielsen, run a successful general store in the town of Hemingford, Minnesota. They had a biological daughter, Vivian Nielsen, who died as a child from diphtheria. Mr. and Mrs. Nielsen ultimately ask “Dorothy” to take on the name of their late daughter, the first Vivian Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen is generous and provides well for Vivian/Niamh’s needs. But just as with his wife, he and Vivian/Niamh never become deeply emotionally connected.
Mr. Nielsen Quotes in Orphan Train
The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Nielsen or refer to Mr. Nielsen. 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
They don’t seem eager to learn about me, but then again, few people are. I get the sense that my abandonment, and the circumstances that brought me to them, matter little to them, compared to the need I might fill in their lives.
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Mr. Nielsen Character Timeline in Orphan Train
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Nielsen appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 30: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930-1931
...to her, something she has never experienced before. The Nielsens have an orderly daily routine: Mr. Nielsen manages the general store, while Mrs. Nielsen manages the home. At her new school, Niamh... (full context)
...Swedish, and her dark eyes and hair are from her “Gypsy” (Romani) roots. She and Mr. Nielsen thought they were infertile until their daughter, Vivian Nielsen, was born – the same year... (full context)
Chapter 31: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1935-1939
Chapter 36: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1940-1943
...fears, Dutchy encourages Vivian to continue her studies and her job at the store. With Mr. Nielsen ’s help, Dutchy gets a job in Hemingford as a music teacher. Every weekend Vivian... (full context)