Season of Migration to the North

by

Tayeb Salih

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Mrs. Robinson is the wife of Mr. Robinson, the principal of the school in Cairo to which Mustafa Sa’eed is sent to study on scholarship. Sa’eed has his first experience of sexual arousal when the full-figured Mrs. Robinson hugs him upon his arrival in Cairo. Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Robinson act as parent figures to Sa’eed during his stay in Egypt, and the relationship continues in England, where, after Mr. Robinson’s death, Mrs. Robinson continues act as Sa’eed’s guardian and protector. It is on her bosom that he rests his head after he is sentenced during his trial for the murder of Jean Morris. The narrator contacts Mrs. Robinson after Sa’eed’s death to learn more about Sa’eed’s life in England.
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Mrs. Robinson Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North

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Chapter 2
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...is looked after by the headmaster of the school there, Mr. Robinson, and his wife, Mrs. Robinson . Mustafa is attracted to Mrs. Robinson and feels the stirrings of sexual desire when... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...are on their way to arrest her. The narrator thinks that he will write to Mrs. Robinson , who, after Mr. Robinson’s death, had gone to live on the Isle of Wight. (full context)
Chapter 9
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The narrator picks up a photo of Mustafa Sa’eed with Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Robinson in Cairo, in 1913, and remembers the letter he received from Mrs.... (full context)