Sons and Lovers

by

D. H. Lawrence

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Miriam Leivers Character Analysis

Miriam is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leivers and the long-term girlfriend of Paul Morel. Paul meets Miriam when she is fourteen and continues to spend time with her into her early twenties. Miriam is a deeply self-conscious and spiritual girl. She is extremely religious, loves to feel pure, and is afraid of physical sensation and experience. Her emotions tend to be very extreme and close to the surface and she has trouble making light of situations and being friendly and familiar with people. She reads a lot and resents her life on the farm. She wants to have an education and has an extremely romantic view of herself as a literary heroine who has been trapped in a life of manual labor. She and Paul have a deep intellectual connection and spend many hours together discussing books, art, and religion. Although she is in love with Paul, Miriam despises sexual contact and disapproves of physical love outside of marriage, which she is afraid of and feels too young for. She views sex as a “sacrifice” and is willing to sacrifice herself for Paul, in order to give him pleasure. Throughout her relationship with Paul, Miriam is convinced that Paul is the best and most soulful version of himself when he is with her. She feels confident that, in the end, Paul will choose her over the other women who compete for his affections: his mother and, later, Clara Dawes. At times, Miriam tries to manipulate Paul into staying with her, but generally she is confused by his erratic behavior towards her and is hurt by his frequent rejections. Despite this, Miriam is stronger than Paul and often dislikes him because he is so easily swayed by his mother’s opinion. Miriam, on the other hand, genuinely thinks for herself. She is hated by Mrs. Morel, who feels that she would “suck the soul” from her son, and by Annie and Clara, who find her insipid and needy.

Miriam Leivers Quotes in Sons and Lovers

The Sons and Lovers quotes below are all either spoken by Miriam Leivers or refer to Miriam Leivers. 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 6 Quotes

He waited grimly, and watched. At last Miriam let the bird peck from her hand. She gave a little cry, fear, and pain because of fear, rather pathetic. But she had done it, and she did it again.

Related Characters: Paul Morel, Miriam Leivers
Page Number: 157
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Chapter 7 Quotes

They were both brown-eyed and inclined to be mystical, such women as treasure religion inside them, breathe it in their nostrils, and see the whole of life in a mist thereof. So, to Miriam Christ and God made one great figure, which she loved tremblingly and passionately when a tremendous sunset burned out the western sky; and Ediths and Lucys and Rowenas, Brian de Bois Guilberts, Rob Roys and Guy Mannerings rustled the sunny leaves in the morning, or sat in her bedroom, aloft, alone, when it snowed. That was life to her.

Related Characters: Miriam Leivers, Mrs. Leivers
Page Number: 173
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She wanted to show him a certain wild-rose bush she had discovered. She knew it was wonderful. And yet, till he had seen it, she felt it had not come into her soul. Only he could make it her own, immortal … By the time they came to the pine-trees Miriam was getting very eager, and very tense. Her bush might be gone. She might not be able to find it. And she wanted it so much. Almost passionately, she wanted to be with him when she stood before the flowers. They were going to have a communion together, something that thrilled her, something holy.

Related Characters: Paul Morel, Miriam Leivers
Related Symbols: Flowers
Page Number: 195
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Spring was the worst time. He was changeable and intense and cruel. So he decided to stay away from her. Then came the hours when he knew Miriam was expecting him. His mother watched him growing restless. He could not go on with his work. He could do nothing. It was as if something were drawing his soul out, towards Willey Farm. Then he put on his hat and went, saying nothing. And his mother knew he was gone. And as soon as he was on the way, he sighed with relief. And when he was with her, he was cruel again.

Page Number: 231
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Her big brown eyes were watching him, still and resigned and loving; she lay as if she had given herself up to sacrifice: there was her body for him; but the look at the back of her eyes, like a creature awaiting immolation, arrested him, and all his blood fell back … She was very quiet, very calm. She only realized that she was doing something for him. He could hardly bear it. She lay to be sacrificed for him, because she loved him so much. And he had to sacrifice her. For a second, he wished he were sex-less, or dead. Then he shut his eyes again to her, and his blood beat back again.

Related Characters: Paul Morel, Miriam Leivers
Related Symbols: Darkness
Page Number: 333-334
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Miriam Leivers Character Timeline in Sons and Lovers

The timeline below shows where the character Miriam Leivers appears in Sons and Lovers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...and Mrs. Leivers catch up and he sees the young girl again, who is called Miriam. He asks her what kind of roses are growing on a bush nearby and she... (full context)
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...let Paul feed grain to the chickens, who peck the food roughly from his hand. Miriam comes outside and her brothers tease her because she is afraid to feed the chickens.... (full context)
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Miriam is embarrassed and storms inside and Paul follows the boys into the orchard. They climb... (full context)
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Gingerly, Miriam reaches forward and lets the bird peck food from her hand. Miriam is startled and... (full context)
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...at Willey Farm with the Leivers family. Although he is friendly with the younger boys, Miriam will have little to do with him and is scornful of him when he visits.... (full context)
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Miriam is also very religious (like her mother, Mrs. Leivers), and is extremely reserved. At sixteen... (full context)
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Miriam greets him and Paul remarks on some daffodils which are growing in the garden and... (full context)
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When the boys return for their dinner, they complain about the food and criticize Miriam. Miriam takes this to heart, but Mrs. Leivers implores her to let them say what... (full context)
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After dinner, Paul and Miriam walk across the fields with Mrs. Leivers. Miriam admires Paul’s love for nature and the... (full context)
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It takes Paul longer to get to know Miriam. One afternoon, during one of his visits, she takes him out to the barn and... (full context)
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...Paul becomes good friends with Edgar and with Mrs. Leivers. He often spends time with Miriam because he feels sorry for her (she seems so sad and modest) and the pair... (full context)
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Still, Paul and Miriam fall into a habit of going for walks together. One day, he asks her if... (full context)
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Miriam’s bitterness unnerves Paul, and that night, he asks his mother if she ever wanted to... (full context)
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Although Paul tries to keep his temper, he finds Miriam’s slowness infuriating and is often cruel with her. When Edgar takes an interest in the... (full context)
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...in the room with him and sews. However, he always takes his paintings to show Miriam when they are finished because, through her eyes, he sees what his work is about. (full context)
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...at Jordan’s, but the workdays are shorter, and he is given Wednesdays off. He and Miriam agree to meet at the town library on Thursday evenings, when Paul goes to collect... (full context)
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One wet night, after checking out their books, Paul walks Miriam halfway home and the pair discuss religion. Paul says that he used to believe every... (full context)
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Miriam is delighted by Paul’s ideas and hurries home feeling inspired and revitalized. Paul, meanwhile, worries... (full context)
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On their next walk together, Paul tells Miriam he must go home at nine o’clock. Miriam dismisses his concerns, however. She is determined... (full context)
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Mrs. Morel is irritated with Paul when he returns home. She disapproves of Miriam, who she feels will leech Paul’s manhood out of him and prevent him from growing... (full context)
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Although Paul and Miriam spend so much time together, they do not think they are in love. Paul believes... (full context)
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On Good Friday weekend, Paul arranges a walk to Hemlock Stone with Miriam and some of his friends. Miriam’s brother Geoffrey and Annie and Arthur go with them.... (full context)
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During the walk, Miriam feels cut off from Paul and finds that she does not fit in with the... (full context)
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Paul stops because his umbrella has broken, and Miriam goes back to join him. Paul is trying to fix the umbrella, which Geoffrey has... (full context)
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...Mary Queen of Scots is supposed to have been kept prisoner. Paul gathers ivy for Miriam from the side of the tower. Miriam daydreams romantically about the tragic queen locked up... (full context)
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...on the windy high point which overlooks the surrounding country. As they walk, Paul and Miriam intertwine their fingers through the string of the bag Miriam carries. By early evening, Paul... (full context)
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Miriam has a rivalry with her sister Agatha. The girls share a room, but Agatha has... (full context)
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Paul comes into the yard and Miriam hears him pet the old horse they keep. As she listens, she is struck by... (full context)
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Miriam goes downstairs, but she is so embarrassed to see Paul, after her revelation, that she... (full context)
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...the seaside for them all to stay in and Mrs. Morel is wild with excitement. Miriam is invited too, as she is still good friends with Paul, and the night before... (full context)
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...with her. In fact, he spends more time with Mrs. Morel than he does with Miriam, and he and his mother act as though they are a couple. (full context)
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Paul only spends time with Miriam in the evenings, while he works on his drawings. They have long discussions about art... (full context)
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One night, as Miriam and Paul walk back from the shore in the dark, they are startled by the... (full context)
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When they get back to the cottage, Paul feels irritable and is annoyed that Miriam has spoiled his composure. He snaps at his mother when she accuses him of being... (full context)
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One day, when he is walking up to the exhibition, Paul runs into Miriam and a friend of hers, Clara Dawes. Miriam introduces them and Paul thinks Clara is... (full context)
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When Paul goes to see Miriam next, he asks her about Clara. He wonders why Clara married Baxter Dawes if she... (full context)
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Paul tries to playfully put berries in her hair, but Miriam pulls away. Paul complains that she never laughs at him and that, even when she... (full context)
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...to leave the farm that evening, he notices that his bike has a puncture and Miriam watches him fix it. While he works and while his back is turned, she yearns... (full context)
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For a while, before their father rents a family pew, Miriam and Edgar attend church with Paul and Mrs. Morel and sit in their pew during... (full context)
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Paul still goes out for his evening walks with Miriam, but his mood is ruined because he knows his mother hates the girl and that... (full context)
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One night, when Miriam and Paul are talking, he tells her that he feels “disembodied” with her, as though... (full context)
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...the bread she has put in the oven to bake. While his mother is out Miriam arrives. Paul shows her a cloth that he has decorated with his own design; it... (full context)
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...family and is very familiar with Paul. She teases him and makes snide comments to Miriam about the state of her shoes, which are covered in mud. While she and Paul... (full context)
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Annie, Leonard, and Beatrice leave together, and Paul gives Miriam a French lesson. Every week, Miriam writes a journal entry in French and shows it... (full context)
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Paul walks Miriam home and does not get home until after eleven. His mother sits silently in the... (full context)
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...is worried about her because she is ill and angry with her for turning on Miriam. Mrs. Morel grows upset and tells Paul that it is not sensible to walk so... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Paul is very terse and irritable with Miriam that spring. Although she loves him deeply, she fears for their future and feels that,... (full context)
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Miriam is hurt by his words and does not understand them. Paul ignores her through most... (full context)
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Reluctantly, Paul tells Miriam that he thinks they should not see each other anymore. Miriam assumes that she loves... (full context)
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...her that she is right in this and that he does too. Mrs. Morel hates Miriam, but also hates to see Paul so indecisive and suffering. (full context)
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Paul does not go to see Miriam for a week and, when he finally does go, he spends the afternoon with Mrs.... (full context)
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After dinner, Paul and Miriam return to the same spot on the hillside and Paul again tells Miriam that they... (full context)
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...himself. He has been convinced by his mother that it is unfair to keep seeing Miriam if he does not plan to make her his wife, but he finds that he... (full context)
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...needs someone else to approve his opinions before he can believe in them himself and Miriam provides this for him. She believes that he needs her, but she finds that their... (full context)
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Miriam can see that Paul is unhappy and that he yearns for something else. She has... (full context)
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Paul is very courteous to Clara – much to Miriam’s chagrin – and asks her if she has been to “Margaret Bondfield’s meeting.” Clara says... (full context)
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After dinner, Miriam, Paul, and Clara go for a walk together. Looking around the beautiful evening in the... (full context)
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...for the stallion Limb rides and kisses and speaks tenderly to the horse. Clara and Miriam admire the horse, too, and Clara suggests darkly that the horse is likely “more loving... (full context)
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...seems intense and grateful for someone to talk to. As they walk away, Paul and Miriam agree that she unnerves them and that she is going mad with loneliness because she... (full context)
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Soon Paul is the only child left at home and he remains torn between Miriam and Clara, whom he likes for different reasons. One evening, on one of his walks... (full context)
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Miriam is horrified as she watches this and thinks that she may lose the fight for... (full context)
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Paul writes Miriam a letter for her twenty first birthday in which he says that she is a... (full context)
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Miriam is deeply hurt by his letter. She writes back to say that they could have... (full context)
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...that he is looking for ways to kill himself slowly. On some level, she blames Miriam for this. (full context)
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Paul, however, spends very little time with Miriam now. Arthur and his wife have a baby and Arthur gradually settles into his responsibilities... (full context)
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...two women and watches them make lace. Mrs. Radford asks Paul if he still sees Miriam. Paul evades the question and Mrs. Radford says that she likes Miriam but that she... (full context)
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...Paul likes talking to Clara, but the conversation is not intense as it is with Miriam. One afternoon, as they sit on a gate and look out across some fields, Clara... (full context)
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...idea in his mind, and he does not understand it. He still spends time with Miriam, but Mrs. Morel is pleased because he sees less of the girl. (full context)
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Miriam, meanwhile, is still convinced that Paul will return to her. She feels that he will... (full context)
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As the spring comes around again, Paul feels himself once more drawn towards Miriam. He wishes that he wanted to marry her, but he feels as though he is... (full context)
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One afternoon, as Paul watches Miriam sing while Annie plays the piano, he feels that she looks like a saint singing... (full context)
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During an evening at Willey Farm, Paul tells Miriam that he hopes to get married when he turns twenty-five. Although he says he cannot... (full context)
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Miriam is shocked by his words. She dislikes physical contact, but she goes to him nonetheless,... (full context)
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Miriam broods all summer and struggles with the thought of accepting Paul’s proposal, even though she... (full context)
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...and watches the sky change color as the branches rock and sway in the wind. Miriam comes out from the house and Paul teasingly throws cherries at her. He stays in... (full context)
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Afterwards, they lie together under the trees, and Paul feels very forlorn. He knows that Miriam has been separate from him “all the time.” He feels, lying there, as though he... (full context)
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That summer, Miriam’s grandmother is ill, and Miriam goes to look after her. When her grandmother recovers, she... (full context)
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...week, Paul presses her to tell him why she never wants passion between them, and Miriam says that her mother always told her that marriage is wonderful, except for one thing... (full context)
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Paul returns home and tells Mrs. Morel that he will not see Miriam much anymore. Mrs. Morel does not ask questions, but she is concerned to see how... (full context)
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Paul does not break things off with Miriam entirely, however, and they remain together another year, although he is sick of her and... (full context)
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...goes back inside, he tells his mother that he is going to end things with Miriam. Mrs. Morel thinks this is probably for the best. On Sunday, he goes to tell... (full context)
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Eventually Miriam accepts that he is serious and believes that he is, unconsciously, under the influence of... (full context)
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Miriam leaves and Paul watches her go. He feels that a large part of his life... (full context)
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Over dinner, Paul tells Mrs. Morel that Miriam has not been disappointed because she never thought that it would work out. He worries... (full context)
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As soon as he has broken up with Miriam, Paul begins to spend time with Clara. He flirts with her at work and then,... (full context)
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...and take the path along the riverside. Clara asks Paul why he ended things with Miriam and Paul struggles to explain. Clara says Paul has treated Miriam unfairly and Paul acknowledges... (full context)
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Paul still sees Miriam after church and often walks home with her. That weekend, he tells her about his... (full context)
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Paul is certain, though, that Clara and Baxter Dawes had “real passion.” Miriam asks if it was like his mother and father and Paul says yes; he believes... (full context)
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Paul tells Miriam that Clara is coming to meet his mother on Sunday and Miriam feels bitter about... (full context)
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...him outside. He shows her the flowers in the garden and, while they are flirting, Miriam arrives. (full context)
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Paul is not surprised to see Miriam and does not feel awkward as he walks the two women round the garden. Miriam... (full context)
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Paul sees Miriam off and then heads back to the house. As he enters, he hears Mrs. Morel... (full context)
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After the service, Paul feels slightly guilty as he says goodbye to Miriam. At the same time, however, he feels glad that she will see him walk away... (full context)
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...in. He agonizes over this to Mrs. Morel and complains that, although he cares about Miriam and Clara, he feels that he cannot really care about them and that, sometimes, he... (full context)
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...his shoulder and comes down with bronchitis the next day. Mrs. Morel nurses him and Miriam and Clara come to visit, but he does not care to see either of them. (full context)
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Paul has a letter from Miriam and goes to see her. Miriam tries to comfort him when she hears about his... (full context)
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...flirts with barmaids, but these interactions mean nothing to him. In his grief, Paul remembers Miriam and wonders if he can go back to her. (full context)
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He runs into Miriam one evening at Church and, as he watches her sing the psalms, he thinks she... (full context)
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Paul goes to fetch them coffee and Miriam looks around his room. She finds it grim and “comfortless” and feels sorry for him.... (full context)
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...a woman only uses a small, insignificant part of herself when she takes a job. Miriam is offended and replies sarcastically. Paul thinks that she looks old and he is internally... (full context)
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Miriam sinks to her knees on the rug, crushed by despair. She suddenly knows, inside herself,... (full context)
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Paul feels that Miriam is not strong enough to support and contain him. She is willing to sacrifice herself... (full context)
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Miriam admires the flowers on Paul’s table, and he gives them to her. He accompanies her... (full context)