Mrs. Radford is the mother of Clara Dawes. She works as a lace maker and is a hard but kindly woman. Paul Morel meets Mrs. Radford when he stays at Clara’s after their night at the theatre and he enjoys her sharp wit and harsh, teasing banter. Mrs. Radford tries to prevent Paul and Clara from sleeping together (which she knows they are trying to do) because they are not married. She is a conventional woman and sits up with them so that they cannot go to bed together. However, she is also practical and finally resigns herself to her daughter’s relationship and takes herself off to bed. Although Mrs. Radford seems rough on the surface, it is implied she is good hearted and lenient underneath.
Mrs. Radford Character Timeline in Sons and Lovers
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...and stay at hers and that her mother won’t mind. They enter Clara’s house and Mrs. Radford appears in the lounge and greets them suspiciously. Clara explains what has happened and her... (full context)