Sons and Lovers

by

D. H. Lawrence

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Mrs. Leivers Character Analysis

Mrs. Leivers is the wife of Mr. Leivers and the mother of Edgar, Miriam, Geoffrey, and Maurice. Mrs. Leivers is a deeply religious and highly refined woman. She is gentle and kind-hearted, but very serious and intellectual. Physical activity tires her and she is frail. Mrs. Morel complains that, although Mrs. Leivers is poor, she does not make the best of it and takes no pride in her appearance. Mrs. Leivers, however, is not interested in worldly things and does not care about clothes or the way she looks. She gets on well with and is very kind to Paul.

Mrs. Leivers Quotes in Sons and Lovers

The Sons and Lovers quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Leivers or refer to Mrs. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Sons and Lovers published in 2006.
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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Mrs. Leivers Character Timeline in Sons and Lovers

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. 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. Morel decide to walk over to Mr. Leivers’s farm to visit his wife, Mrs. Leivers . Paul asks about the family, as he does not remember them, and Mrs. Morel... (full context)
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...around fourteen, who is rather sullen and does not greet them but rushes off instead. Mrs. Leivers comes out then and is pleased to see Mrs. Morel, although she seems a little... (full context)
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Paul waits outside while his mother and Mrs. Leivers catch up and he sees the young girl again, who is called Miriam. He asks... (full context)
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...and a husband like Mr. Leivers, she would gladly share the work with him, unlike Mrs. Leivers . (full context)
Chapter 7
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Miriam is also very religious (like her mother, Mrs. Leivers ), and is extremely reserved. At sixteen she is quite beautiful and thinks that Paul... (full context)
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...which he thinks must be cold in the spring weather. Paul loves the farm and Mrs. Leivers greets him warmly and sits with him while Miriam cooks dinner. Although they are kind... (full context)
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...dinner, they complain about the food and criticize Miriam. Miriam takes this to heart, but Mrs. Leivers implores her to let them say what they like. She insists that Miriam must be... (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 pair look at a bird’s nest... (full context)
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As time goes on, Paul becomes good friends with Edgar and with Mrs. Leivers . He often spends time with Miriam because he feels sorry for her (she seems... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Miriam for a week and, when he finally does go, he spends the afternoon with Mrs. Leivers and Miriam. Paul has dinner with the family, and, during dinner, he complains that the... (full context)
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...and it is Paul who seems to suffer and be ripped apart by the conflict. Mrs. Leivers is surprised when Paul leaves early that evening. (full context)
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...are blamed for everything in modern society. Mr. Leivers, however, agrees with Clara. After dinner, Mrs. Leivers asks Clara if she is happier without her husband, and Clara says that she is... (full context)