Season of Migration to the North


Tayeb Salih

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Ann Hammond is a young English woman, a student, whom Sa’eed meets after giving a lecture at the University of Oxford. Hammond is completely taken by Sa’eed’s exotic background and she immediately enters into a sexual relationship with him in which she plays his slave girl, “Sausan.” She spends more and more time in London at his apartment, neglecting her studies in Oxford. She is devastated when, one day, Jean Morris arrives at Sa’eed’s apartment while she is there. Hammond ultimately kills herself. During Sa’eed’s trial for Jean Morris’s murder, the prosecuting attorney suggests that Hammond, like Sheila Greenwood and Isabella Seymour, committed suicide as a consequence of Sa’eed’s emotional manipulation and abuse, but Hammond’s father, who testifies in the trial, also notes that his daughter was undergoing a spiritual crisis at the time of her suicide, and that this may have played a role in her decision to take her own life.

Ann Hammond Quotes in Season of Migration to the North

The Season of Migration to the North quotes below are all either spoken by Ann Hammond or refer to Ann Hammond. 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 9 Quotes

“In London I took her to my house, the den of lethal lies that I had deliberately built up, lie upon lie: the sandalwood and incense; the ostrich feathers and ivory and ebony figurines; the paintings and drawings of forests of palm trees along the shores of the Nile, boats with sails like doves’ wings, suns setting over the mountains of the Red Sea, camel caravans wending their way along sand dunes on the borders of the Yemen, baobab tress in Kordofan, naked girls from the tribes of Zandi.”

Related Characters: Mustafa Sa’eed (speaker), The Narrator, Ann Hammond
Page Number: Book Page 121
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Ann Hammond Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North

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Chapter 2
Gender and Violence Theme Icon day he would make her pay. The next morning, he had woken up with Ann Hammond in his bed in his London apartment—a young, intelligent, pretty woman from an upper-middle class... (full context)
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Mustafa skips from the memory of Ann Hammond ’s suicide to his trial in a British courtroom. There, he remembers being cross-examined by... (full context)
Chapter 4
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However, even Ann Hammond ’s father, testifying in the trial, said that he could not be sure whether to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...his life with another—Hosna Bint Mahmoud. The narrator picks up a third photograph—this one of Ann Hammond . He remembers what Sa’eed told him about her: that she had begun spending more... (full context)
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Sa’eed would quote Arabic poetry to Ann Hammond , and she would tell him that in his eyes she could see deserts. He... (full context)
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...away from her for two weeks, but she showed up at his house, driving away Ann Hammond in tears. She stripped naked before Sa’eed, but whenever he tried to touch her, she... (full context)