Season of Migration to the North


Tayeb Salih

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Sheila Greenwood Character Analysis

Sheila Greenwood is a young English woman from a humble background in northern England. Greenwood worked as a waitress in a café in Soho, London, where Sa’eed first met her. Like Isabella Seymour and Ann Hammond, Sheila Greenwood falls prey to Sa’eed’s dangerous seductive charms, in spite of the fact that her parents would completely disapprove of their daughter having an affair with a black man. Like Seymour and Hammond, Greenwood also commits suicide after her encounter with Sa’eed. In Sa’eed’s trial for his murder of Jean Morris, the prosecution suggests that Greenwood committed suicide as a result of Sa’eed’s emotional manipulation and abuse.

Sheila Greenwood Quotes in Season of Migration to the North

The Season of Migration to the North quotes below are all either spoken by Sheila Greenwood or refer to Sheila Greenwood. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the NYRB Classics edition of Season of Migration to the North published in 2009.
Chapter 9 Quotes

“How marvellous your black colour is!” she would say to me—“the colour of magic and mystery and obscenities.”

Related Characters: Mustafa Sa’eed (speaker), The Narrator, Sheila Greenwood
Page Number: Book Page 115
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Sheila Greenwood Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North

The timeline below shows where the character Sheila Greenwood appears in Season of Migration to the North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...who asked him whether he had caused the suicides of Ann Hammond, Isabella Seymour and Sheila Greenwood . Mustafa replied, “I don’t know.” However, to the prosecutor’s question of whether he had... (full context)
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Mustafa then recalls another of his lovers, Sheila Greenwood , wondering aloud how she had found the courage to commit suicide. A girl from... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Migration and Identity Theme Icon
...painting of a woman. There are also photographs of Mustafa Sa’eed and a photo of Sheila Greenwood , which she signed. She told Sa’eed that her mother would go mad if she... (full context)