Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” Character Analysis

Vivian/Niamh is the novel’s second protagonist. Christened as “Niamh Power”, she was born in Kinvara, County Galway in Ireland in 1920. As a young child, she immigrated to New York with her parents and siblings. Her father and brothers died in a house fire in 1929, while her mother was placed in a mental hospital. Niamh was then sent off to the Midwest on the orphan train. In Minnesota, she moved between two abusive adoptive families (who renamed her “Dorothy”) before finding her way to the Nielsens, the affluent couple who renamed her “Vivian” and raised her. Vivian was married twice, first to Luke Maynard (“Dutchy”) and then to Jim Daly. She is the biological mother of Sarah Darnell, who she gave up for adoption. As a 91-year-old widow living a lonely life, Vivian finds peace by recounting the story of her life to Molly Ayer and cleaning out her attic together. Vivian/Niamh has red curly hair and freckles.

Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” Quotes in Orphan Train

The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” or refer to Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”. 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

But Mr. Schatzman frowns and shakes his head, and it’s then that I realize just how alone I am. There is no adult on this side of the Atlantic who has reason to take any interest in me, no one to guide me onto a boat or pay for my passage. I am a burden to society, and nobody’s responsibility.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Mr. and Mrs. Schatzman
Page Number: 26
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No one feels sorry for me because I’ve lost my family. Each of us has a sad tale; we wouldn’t be here otherwise. The general feeling is that it’s best not to talk about the past, that the quickest relief will come in forgetting.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker)
Page Number: 29
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Our sponsors have told us little; we know only that we are going to a land where apples grow in abundance on low-hanging branches and cows and pigs and sheep roam freely in the fresh country air. A land where good people – families – are eager to take us in […] But I am skeptical. I know all too well how it is when the beautiful visions you’ve been fed don’t match up with reality.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker)
Page Number: 31
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How strange, I think – that I am in a place my parents have never been and will never see. How strange that I am here and they are gone. I touch the claddagh cross around my neck.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Patrick Power/ “Da”, Mary Power/ “Mam”
Related Symbols: The Claddagh Cross / Vivian’s Necklace
Page Number: 62
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“For goodness’ sake, Raymond, it doesn’t matter what she thinks,” Mrs. Byrne snaps as she opens her car door. “Dorothy is our choice, and Dorothy she will be.”

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Raymond Byrne, Lois Byrne
Page Number: 72
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To her surprise, Molly feels a lump in her throat. She swallows, pushing it down. How ridiculous – an old lady gives her a moldy book she has no use for, and she chokes up. She must be getting her period.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Related Symbols: The Attic / Boxes in the Attic
Page Number: 85
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I keep forgetting to answer to Dorothy. But in a way I am glad to have a new identity. It makes it easier to let go of so much else. I’m not the same Niamh who left her Gram and aunties and uncles in Kinvara and came across the ocean on the Agnes Pauline, who lived with her family on Elizabeth Street. No, I am Dorothy now.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Gram, Raymond Byrne, Lois Byrne
Page Number: 98
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I feel myself retreating to someplace deep inside. It is a pitiful kind of childhood, to know that no one loves you or is taking care of you, to always be on the outside looking in. I feel a decade older than my years. I know too much; I have seen people at their worst, at their most desperate and selfish, and this knowledge makes me wary. So I am learning to pretend, to smile and nod, to display empathy I do not feel. I am learning to pass, to look like everyone else, even though I feel broken inside.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Raymond Byrne, Lois Byrne, Mr. Sorenson
Page Number: 112
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Maybe it’ll be a stretch to find drama in Vivian’s portage – a happy, stable life does not an interesting story make, right? But even the rich have their problems, or so Molly’s heard. It will be her task to extract them.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Related Symbols: Portaging
Page Number: 132
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“Well,” Molly says, “I think the boat represents what you take with you – the essential things – from place to place. And the water – well, I think it’s the place you’re always trying to get to.”

Related Characters: Molly Ayer (speaker), Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Related Symbols: Portaging
Page Number: 137
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“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
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Why shouldn’t Vivian’s attic be filled with things that are meaningful to her? The stark truth is that she will die sooner than later […] So yes – Molly has begun to view her work at Vivian’s in a different light. Maybe it doesn’t matter how much gets done. Maybe the value is in the process – in touching each item, in naming and identifying, in acknowledging the significance of a cardigan, a pair of children’s boots.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”, Jack
Related Symbols: The Attic / Boxes in the Attic
Page Number: 173
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But over and over, Molly begins to understand as she listens to the tapes, Vivian has come back to the idea that the people who matter in our lives stay with us, haunting our most ordinary moments. They are with us in the grocery store as we turn a corner, chat with a friend. They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them through our soles.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Related Symbols: The Attic / Boxes in the Attic
Page Number: 177
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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.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Viola Nielsen, Mr. Nielsen
Page Number: 189
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“Ah, well,” Vivian says. “I suppose we all come under false pretenses one way or another, don’t we?”

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Molly Ayer
Page Number: 217
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We both start laughing – at the absurdity of our shared experiences, the relief of recognition. We cling to each other like survivors of a shipwreck, astonished that neither of us drowned.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard
Page Number: 230
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Lying in that hospital bed I feel all of it: the terrible weight of sorrow, the crumbling of my dreams. I sob uncontrollably for all that I’ve lost – the love of my life, my family, a future I’d dared to envision. And in that moment I make a decision. I can’t go through this again. I can’t give myself to someone so completely only to lose them. I don’t want, ever again, to experience the loss of someone I love beyond reason.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard, Sarah Dunnell/ “May”
Page Number: 246-247
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She can sleep with the door open, wander around freely, come and go without someone watching her every move. She hadn’t realized how much of a toll the years of judgment and criticism, implied and expressed, had taken on her. It’s as if she’s been walking on a wire, trying to keep her balance, and now, for the first time, she is on solid ground.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Page Number: 256
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Sitting in the rocker in the kitchen, looking out at the water, Molly feels oddly at peace. For the first time since she can remember, her life is beginning to make sense. What up until this moment has felt like a random, disconnected series of unhappy events she now views as necessary steps in a journey toward… enlightenment is perhaps too strong a word, but there are others, less lofty, like self-acceptance and perspective.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”
Page Number: 272
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Molly touches Vivian’s shoulder, frail and bony under her thin silk cardigan. She half turns, half smiles, her eyes brimming with tears. Her hand flutters to her clavicle, to the silver chain around her neck, the claddagh charm – those tiny hands clasping a crowned heart: love, loyalty, friendship – a never-ending path that leads away from home and circles back.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”, Sarah Dunnell/ “May”
Related Symbols: The Claddagh Cross / Vivian’s Necklace
Page Number: 273
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Chapter 3 Quotes

And though I rarely take the claddagh off, as I get older I can’t escape the realization that the only remaining piece of my blood family comes from a woman who pushed her only son and his family out to sea in a boat, knowing full well she’d probably never see them again.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Gram
Related Symbols: The Claddagh Cross / Vivian’s Necklace
Page Number: 199
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Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” Character Timeline in Orphan Train

The timeline below shows where the character Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...service requirement of her probation. He tells her he has already arranged an interview with Mrs. Daly . (full context)
Chapter 2: Spruce Harbor Maine, 2011
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Jack drives Molly to meet Vivian Daly. Molly is surprised to see that Vivian lives in a well-tended mansion overlooking the... (full context)
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...only agreed to arrange the service project for Jack’s sake. In the library, Molly meets Vivian, an elegant 91-year-old woman. Vivian asks about the “skunk effect” of Molly’s dyed hair. She... (full context)
Chapter 3: New York City, 1929
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The unnamed narrator from the prologue (later revealed as Vivian) describes a night when she was nine years old. She stayed awake soothing the cries... (full context)
Chapter 4: New York City, 1929
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The unnamed narrator (Vivian) is with her neighbors, a childless German couple called the Schatzmans, a couple days “after... (full context)
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...name onto her clothes scoffed at its foreign lettering. The narrator then reveals her name: Niamh (pronounced “Neev”) Power. The volunteer disdainfully told Niamh that her new family would surely change... (full context)
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...warns them to behave well, or else they will be sent back to the city. Niamh is settled with Carmine, who cries from hunger. She feeds him sugar lumps that she... (full context)
Chapter 5: New York Central Train, 1929
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Several hours pass in the train. Niamh occupies herself with caring for Carmine and reading from Mrs. Scatcherd’s Bible. Niamh is one... (full context)
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...admits, this won’t work out for everyone. She sends the biggest troublemaker to sit with Niamh, to Niamh’s dismay. The boy, who is about twelve, looks at Niamh “in a way... (full context)
Chapter 6: Union Station, Chicago, 1929
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Niamh explains how she, Carmine, and the boy –Hans, nicknamed Dutchy – become an “odd little... (full context)
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On the platform waiting for the next train in Chicago, Niamh sees Dutchy disappear up a stairwell. He beckons for her to join him. In the... (full context)
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On the train out of Chicago, Mrs. Scatcherd “half-heartedly” whacks Dutchy’s knuckles. Niamh knows there is little else Mrs. Scatcherd can do to punish Dutchy that his life... (full context)
Chapter 7: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Jack picks Molly up from Vivian’s house. When he asks her how the interview went, she expresses reservations about whether the... (full context)
Chapter 8: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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On a “tour” of Vivian’s mansion, Terry explains that Vivian and her husband owned a department store in Minnesota. They... (full context)
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In the first box, Vivian is moved to find a child’s mustard-yellow coat. She tells Molly that she “always hated... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Milwaukee Train, 1929
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...is the middle of the night on the orphan train heading from Chicago to Milwaukee. Niamh has had trouble sleeping, kept awake by Carmine’s restless cries and her own anxiety. When... (full context)
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...and present themselves well, she says, they each have a good chance. Dutchy whispers to Niamh that she will be okay, but not him. She tells him he has no reason... (full context)
Chapter 10: Milwaukee Road Depot, Minneapolis, 1929
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...advertising the event, calling for families to come and see the children up for adoption. Niamh considers how “strange” it feels to be in a place her parents “will never see.”... (full context)
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...education. Men and women form a line on the stage, looking carefully at the children. Niamh remembers a cattle sale she attended with her Grandad in Kinvara. A poorly dressed countrywoman... (full context)
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Most of the children around Niamh are chosen. A gruff-looking farmer and his wife come onto the stage, and the man... (full context)
Chapter 11: Albans, Minnesota, 1929
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...Minnesota. In a small hall near the train station, the remaining children line up again. Niamh feels tired and detached. She feels that being sent back to New York to grow... (full context)
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...talk privately in the front seat of their car. Pulling into their driveway, they tell Niamh that they have agreed to change her name to “Dorothy.” Mr. Byrne asks Niamh if... (full context)
Chapter 12: Albans, Minnesota, 1929
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Mrs. Byrne introduces Niamh (as “Dorothy”) to the women in the room, all of whom are sitting and operating... (full context)
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Back in the sewing room, Mary continues to criticize Niamh’s work. Niamh knows her work is nearly perfect because she used to help her mother,... (full context)
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After dinner, Mrs. Byrne tells Niamh that there is a pallet for her to roll out every night in the hallway.... (full context)
Chapter 13: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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After one week, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t throwing out anything in the attic. Vivian talks about things and Molly puts them... (full context)
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...on his lap, facing him in the driver’s seat while they kiss. Molly complains that Vivian is “all up in [her] business,” but Jack encourages Molly to be friendlier with Vivian,... (full context)
Chapter 14: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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On a day off from school, Molly decides to visit Vivian’s house early to “knock out” extra community service hours. Vivian knows Molly is coming, but... (full context)
Chapter 15: Albans, Minnesota, 1929
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Niamh wakes up early on a Monday morning, and cheerfully takes special care getting dressed for... (full context)
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As the days pass, Niamh becomes curious about what Mrs. Byrne “does with her time” besides coming in often to... (full context)
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One day, Mrs. Byrne tells “Dorothy” that she’s heard from Mary that she is misbehaving. Niamh contests that it isn’t true.... (full context)
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For weeks, Niamh wears only the two dresses she was given by the Children’s Aid society. One day,... (full context)
Chapter 16: Albans, Minnesota, 1929-1930
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...feed” herself. As the weeks pass, the sewing business declines but the women keep working. Niamh learns that Mr. Byrne had invested heavily in stocks. Despite everyone’s anxiety, Niamh likes being... (full context)
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As the weeks pass, Niamh grows very thin from malnourishment. Mrs. Byrne stops bathing and changing her clothes. One by... (full context)
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On the drive to the Grotes, Niamh “almost feels sorry” for Mr. Sorenson, who seems heavy-hearted. He asks repeatedly if she is... (full context)
Chapter 17: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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Mr. Sorenson and Niamh come to a dilapidated “shack” in the woods. A young boy, Harold, and a baby,... (full context)
Chapter 18: Hemingford Country, Minnesota, 1930
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On her first night, Mr. Grote tells Niamh (still going by “Dorothy”) she can either sleep with the children or on the couch... (full context)
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Mr. Grote tells Niamh that his goal is to be “self-sufficient” so that he doesn’t have to work again.... (full context)
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Niamh rises early on her first day of school. With heated water from the outside pump,... (full context)
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At first, the food Mr. Grote brings home disgusts Niamh: lots of squirrel meat and some “whiskery” fish, wild turkeys, and deer. But her hunger... (full context)
Chapter 19: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...working for the “old lady.” To herself, she thinks about how she’s started to enjoy Vivian’s stories and company. Lori mentions Molly’s good grades and high SAT scores, and asks if... (full context)
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...that night, Ralph and Molly discuss her community service project. He says he’s been to Vivian’s house before to do plumbing work. As the conversation progresses, Molly reveals that Terry is... (full context)
Chapter 20: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...carry and “leave behind.” Molly can’t think of anyone else, so she plans to ask Vivian. She knows that Vivian was adopted and grew up with wealthy parents in the Midwest,... (full context)
Chapter 21: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Late on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, Vivian and Molly sit together in the living room. Molly begins describing her school project. She... (full context)
Chapter 22: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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...is a shortage of food. One day, he tries to figure out the worth of Niamh’s claddagh cross, but Niamh convinces him that her necklace is made of tin and worth... (full context)
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Niamh notices that the children “whimper […] and cluster together” rather than playing like “normal kids.”... (full context)
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The Grotes’ children come down with lice. Niamh remembers her Mam’s stories of lice outbreaks at boarding school. Her Mam refused to cut... (full context)
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When Niamh returns to school several days later, she hands Miss Larsen a note explaining that she... (full context)
Chapter 23: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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...cries, Mr. Grote shakes her until she “whimpers.” Mrs. Grote is also pregnant again, and Niamh hopes that she won’t be responsible for delivering the baby. She remembers her neighbors helping... (full context)
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One night, Mr. Grote comes into the children’s bedroom and motions for Niamh to come out. She follows, wrapped in a quilt. In the living room, he asks... (full context)
Chapter 24: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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With her coat and boots, Niamh walks through the snow in the night. Out in the open woods, she feels safer... (full context)
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A little while later, Mr. Post wakes Niamh. After his initial surprise, he takes her inside, starts a fire, and gives her new... (full context)
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...while later, Miss Larsen pauses her lesson to speak with him privately. Then they call Niamh outside to the porch. Miss Larsen seems upset. Mr. Post gently explains that Mr. Sorenson... (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 to “pat... (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 Niamh hasn’t seen before.... (full context)
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Niamh sits with Miss Larsen in her room until supper. She notices that Miss Larsen’s small... (full context)
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After dinner, Mrs. Murphy shows Niamh to the clean room she has prepared just for her. She gives her clean clothes,... (full context)
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Niamh soon comes down with pneumonia. For the next week, she is confined to her bed,... (full context)
Chapter 26: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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One day when Molly arrives, Vivian greets her with unusual energy, announcing that there isn’t time for a cup of tea... (full context)
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...are eating lunch outside at school. Lately Molly has been spending much more time with Vivian and less time with Jack. She hasn’t told Jack about the portaging project because she’s... (full context)
Chapter 27: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...takes the bus to the library. On the way, she listens to her recordings of Vivian. At one point, Vivian told her that some periods of life have more meaning than... (full context)
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Molly decides to help Vivian “find peace” by finding answers to the “mysteries” in her story. At the library, she... (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... (full context)
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Niamh becomes comfortable at the boardinghouse, now sharing in the chores along with the boarders. In... (full context)
Chapter 29: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
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...when the Nielsens arrive a few days later. After some polite conversation, Mr. Sorenson prompts “Dorothy” to describe what she will “bring” to them. The truth is she just wants a... (full context)
Chapter 30: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930-1931
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The Nielsens’ home is large, neat, and well maintained. To Niamh, it seems luxurious. Niamh has her own bedroom and bathroom. Mrs. Nielsen observes Niamh’s eating... (full context)
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As Christmas approaches, Niamh helps to decorate at the store. While she and Mrs. Nielsen prepare the display trees,... (full context)
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...a poor family with four children and a baby just born prematurely. Mrs. Nielsen tells Niamh they will prepare a basket for them. Niamh knows Mrs. Nielsen doesn’t know her “history... (full context)
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Every other week, Niamh joins Mrs. Nielsen in a women’s quilting circle. Surrounded by women, Niamh feels “at ease.”... (full context)
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One evening, Mr. Nielsen and Mrs. Nielsen tell Niamh that they have come to see her as their daughter, and they hope she is... (full context)
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One day at the store, Niamh hears a familiar voice bartering with Mr. Nielsen. Niamh realizes the man is Mr. Byrne.... (full context)
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As the years go by, Niamh’s memories of her birth family start to fade. Still, she always wears the claddagh cross.... (full context)
Chapter 31: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1935-1939
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One day when Vivian is fifteen, the Nielsens find a half-smoked pack of cigarettes in her purse. She can... (full context)
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When Vivian is sixteen, she takes initiative to help Mr. Nielsen improve and expand his store, taking... (full context)
Chapter 32: Spruce Harbor, Maine
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...into Molly’s bedroom and comes out holding Anne of Green Gables. She reads the name “Dorothy Power” inside the cover and accuses Molly of stealing it. Dina yells that she “want[s]... (full context)
Chapter 33: Spruce Harbor, Maine
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...local bus, leaving most of her things behind. She gets out at the stop near Vivian’s and lumbers uphill. She thinks of her portaging project and imagines herself as a Penobscot... (full context)
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Vivian makes tea and tucks Molly into a chair with a quilt. Vivian asks Molly to... (full context)
Chapter 34: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1939
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When Vivian is nineteen, her lively friends Lillian and Emily invite her on a trip to Minneapolis... (full context)
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Richard ushers Lillian, Emily, and Vivian to the Grand Hotel for dinner. Upon seeing all of the rich, well-dressed patrons stare... (full context)
Chapter 35: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1939
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Dutchy hugs Vivian, holding her “tighter than anyone has ever held [her].” He tells her that he has... (full context)
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Vivian and Dutchy hold hands as they walk onto the streets. At Vivian’s hotel, Dutchy bribes... (full context)
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On the way back to Hemingford the next day, Vivian resists Lillian’s prodding questions and lies about how she knows Dutchy. She tells her it... (full context)
Chapter 36: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1940-1943
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Vivian calls Dutchy “Luke” in the company of other people, but “Dutchy” when they are alone.... (full context)
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...radio announces that Pearl Harbor has been attacked. And with that, “everything changes.” Several of Vivian’s former classmates and friends enlist in the army. Business changes and signs everywhere encourage people... (full context)
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One day a man from Western Union comes to the store. He reads Vivian and her parents a telegram, announcing that “Luke Maynard” was “killed in action.” Vivian puts... (full context)
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One night, Vivian goes into labor, and Mrs. Nielsen takes her to the hospital. During her difficult delivery,... (full context)
Chapter 37: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Vivian has just finished telling Molly about her baby, May. They are going through a trunk... (full context)
Chapter 38: Spruce Harbor, Maine 2011
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...ocean outside her window. She goes downstairs to make tea and breakfast, and waits for Vivian. Jack calls. On the phone, she tells him that Ralph and Dina threw her out... (full context)
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A couple days later, Molly texts Ralph, telling him that she is safe with Vivian. Ralph calls and demands that Molly return until social services can relocate her. Molly casually... (full context)
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Terry isn’t pleased when she discovers Molly staying at Vivian’s house. Vivian tells her that she “invited” Molly to stay and that Molly “graciously accepted.”... (full context)
Chapter 39: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Molly settles into life at Vivian’s and starts helping Terry with her chores. One day, Vivian “announces” that she wants a... (full context)
Chapter 40: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Molly finds a national adoption registry online and mails in Vivian’s registration forms along with a copy of her daughter’s birth certificate. Ten days later, Vivian... (full context)
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...by the window, Molly thinks of how much “self-acceptance” and “perspective” she has gained from Vivian’s friendship. She considers the meaning this gives to the positive and negative life events that... (full context)