Sons and Lovers

by

D. H. Lawrence

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Mr. Heaton Character Analysis

Mr. Heaton is the minister of the parish where Mr. and Mrs. Morel live. He is a widower and friends with Mrs. Morel, whom he often visits when Paul is a baby. Mr. Heaton is a gentle and spiritual man and Mrs. Morel helps him write his sermons so that they are down to earth and will not go over the heads of the congregation. Mrs. Morel feels sorry for Mr. Heaton because she thinks that, since his wife’s death, he has a lack of love in his life. Mr. Morel is hostile towards the minister because he thinks that his wife puts on airs to impress him.

Mr. Heaton Quotes in Sons and Lovers

The Sons and Lovers quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Heaton or refer to Mr. Heaton. 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 Penguin edition of Sons and Lovers published in 2006.
Chapter 2  Quotes

His ideas were quaint and fantastic, she brought him judiciously to earth. It was a discussion of the Wedding at Cana.

“When He changed the water into wine at Cana,” he said, “that is a symbol, that the ordinary life, even the blood, of the married husband and wife, which had before been uninspired, like water, became filled with the spirit, and was as wine, because, when love enters, the whole spiritual constitution of a man changes, is filled with the Holy Ghost, and almost his form is altered.”

Mrs. Morel thought to herself: “Yes, poor fellow, his young wife is dead; that is why he makes his love into the Holy Ghost.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Gertrude Morel (speaker), Mr. Heaton (speaker)
Page Number: 45
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Mr. Heaton Character Timeline in Sons and Lovers

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Heaton appears in Sons and Lovers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
Family, Psychology, and the Oedipus Complex Theme Icon
Christianity, Propriety, and Physicality Theme Icon
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The young minister in the village, Mr. Heaton , sometimes comes to visit Mrs. Morel during this period and she enjoys his company... (full context)
Family, Psychology, and the Oedipus Complex Theme Icon
Christianity, Propriety, and Physicality Theme Icon
Women’s Work and Women’s Rights Theme Icon
...evening when the minister is there, Mr. Morel comes home early. He is disdainful of Mr. Heaton ’s profession and postures in front of the young preacher, suggesting that Mr. Heaton does... (full context)
Family, Psychology, and the Oedipus Complex Theme Icon
Women’s Work and Women’s Rights Theme Icon
Sensing he is unwelcome, Mr. Heaton leaves, and Mr. and Mrs. Morel are left tense and angry together. Mrs. Morel complains... (full context)