Margery is Clare and John Bellew’s daughter. She is a light-skinned young girl who attends school in Switzerland. Larsen never introduces Margery to the reader, but the other characters discuss her frequently. Margery seems to not be a very big part of Clare’s life, but she is referenced often as one of the reasons that Clare cannot leave John.
Margery Quotes in Passing
The Passing quotes below are all either spoken by Margery or refer to Margery. 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 Anchor Books edition of Passing published in 2001.).
Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes
“Children aren’t everything…There are other things in the world, though I admit some people don’t seem to suspect it.” And she laughed, more, it seemed, at some secret joke of her own that at her words.
Margery Character Timeline in Passing
The timeline below shows where the character Margery appears in Passing. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 3
...will not have any more children because she was so terrified during her pregnancy that Margery would have dark skin. Irene is silent. Gertrude empathizes with Clare. She says that, while... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
...the more reason to take risks. Irene, however, tells Clare to think of her daughter Margery. This surprises Clare, who then says that she thinks motherhood is “the cruelest thing in... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 4