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Arthur Leander Character Analysis

Arthur is an extremely successful actor who dies of a heart attack on stage the night of the Georgia Flu outbreak. During the production he was somewhat of a mentor to Kirsten, who witnesses his death. The novel describes his early days struggling in Toronto with his friend Clark Thompson, and his rise to fame and celebrity in Hollywood, where Arthur marries and divorces three times. His first wife is Miranda Carroll, who is from the same small island as Arthur. His second wife is Elizabeth Colton, who is the mother of Arthur’s child Tyler. His third wife is named Lydia Marks. Towards the end of his life, Arthur comes to regret his actions and stop valuing his possessions. In the weeks before his death he decides to move to Israel and discard his old life in order to be closer with his son, the only thing he truly values. His death is made all the more tragic by this realization, as he is unable to follow through on his plans to live a better life and be a better father to his son. Of course, the Georgia Flu would probably have prevented this life from happening even if Arthur had not died of a heart attack.

Arthur Leander Quotes in Station Eleven

The Station Eleven quotes below are all either spoken by Arthur Leander or refer to Arthur Leander. 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 Vintage edition of Station Eleven published in 2015.
Chapter 2 Quotes

In the lobby, the people gathered at the bar clinked their glasses together. “To Arthur,” they said. They drank for a few more minutes and then went their separate ways in the storm.

Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city.

Related Characters: Arthur Leander
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 25 Quotes

I was thinking about the island. It seems past-tense somehow, like a dream I had once. I walk down these streets and wander in and out of parks and dance in clubs and I think "once I walked along the beach with my best friend V., once I built forts with my little brother in the forest, once all I saw were trees" and all those true things sound false, it's like a fairy tale someone told me. I stand waiting for lights to change on corners in Toronto and that whole place, the island I mean, it seems like a different planet.

Related Characters: Arthur Leander (speaker), Victoria
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 155
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Chapter 40 Quotes

I think about my childhood, the life I lived on Delano Island, that place was so small. Everyone knew me, not because I was special or anything just because everyone knew everyone, and the claustrophobia of that, I can't tell you. I just wanted some privacy. For as long as I could remember I just wanted to get out, and then I got to Toronto and no one knew me. Toronto felt like freedom.

Related Characters: Arthur Leander (speaker), Clark Thompson
Page Number: 223
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Arthur Leander Character Timeline in Station Eleven

The timeline below shows where the character Arthur Leander appears in Station Eleven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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During Act 4 of a production of King Lear in Toronto, Arthur Leander (playing the lead role) stumbles around on stage with three young girls, one of... (full context)
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...they wait for an ambulance to arrive. When the medics attempt (and fail) to save Arthur’s life, Jeevan comforts Kirsten and attempts to distract her from Arthur’s death. The two then... (full context)
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...is training to be an EMT, and pretends not to know what has happened to Arthur in detail. After finding out that Laura has left him at the show, Jeevan dejectedly... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Back in the theatre, people from the production discuss Arthur’s death and the need to notify his family. They discuss his son, Tyler, his second... (full context)
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...contact the young girl’s parents. Back in the lobby, the people who have been discussing Arthur’s death drink to the late actor once more and part ways. We learn that of... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The producer of King Lear calls Arthur’s lawyer to notify the lawyer of his client’s death. The lawyer then calls Arthur’s best... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Miranda Carroll receives news of Arthur’s death in Malaysia, where she has been sent by her boss Leon to oversee their... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...than she does, and collects TV Guides. Kirsten’s hobby is collecting gossip tabloids that mention Arthur Leander, the man she used to act alongside and who gave her the comic books... (full context)
Chapter 8
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This short chapter describes the comic books given to Kirsten by Arthur. They are called “Dr. Eleven, Vol. I, No.1: Station Eleven” and “Dr. Eleven, Vol. I,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...in her backpack. The clippings, which she has memorized, all contain images and details of Arthur Leander, his child Tyler, and his ex-wives. The chapter ends as Kirsten lingers on a... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...collapse. The scene takes place fourteen years before the collapse, in a restaurant in Toronto. Arthur Leander and Miranda Carroll are discussing Miranda’s plan to leave her abusive boyfriend. As Arthur... (full context)
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Later, Arthur tells a journalist that Miranda (whose name he keeps from the journalist) is from his... (full context)
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Arthur left the island, we learn, at age seventeen when he was accepted into the University... (full context)
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In L.A. Arthur parties and acts, and at age twenty-nine he lands the lead in a low-budget movie... (full context)
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Miranda at seventeen is pale, beautiful, and poised, and she seems to Arthur to be older than her age. At lunch she tells him that she loves Toronto,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Miranda is at work for a shipping company when Arthur calls to reconnect. She works as an administrative assistant for Leon at Neptune Logistics, where... (full context)
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Before Miranda meets Arthur again, she receives a call from Pablo, who is rude to her regarding how often... (full context)
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At the restaurant, when Miranda mentions her comic to Arthur, he seems genuinely interested. She tells him about the inspiration for the comic book, and... (full context)
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...she says to herself in the mirror “I repent nothing.” In bed that night with Arthur she discusses if she is being dishonorable or heartless to Pablo. She plans to return... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Some years after this reconnection in Toronto, Arthur and Miranda are married; they have a little dog named Luli and a house in... (full context)
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Arthur is sitting at the other end of the table, and Miranda can’t seem to catch... (full context)
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...at which point Clark interjects that she can call it “Prague” in English. Elizabeth Colton, Arthur’s co-star and the woman he has been looking at all night, says that it is... (full context)
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The topic of conversation shifts to how Miranda and Arthur met. When Arthur says that it’s not that exciting of a story, Elizabeth remarks that... (full context)
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Outside, Miranda reflects on the more personal details of the story that Arthur doesn’t share with the guests, and the trauma of Pablo drunkenly waiting for her back... (full context)
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...Colton passed out on the sofa in the living room. Miranda tries to talk to Arthur, but he drunkenly tells her they’ll talk in the morning. (full context)
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Back in the house, Miranda creeps into Arthur’s study. She notices the beginning of a letter to Arthur’s friend V, and finds the... (full context)
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...up to apologize. Miranda tells her that what she has done (have an affair with Arthur) is a terrible thing to do. The two end up sitting on a floor surrounded... (full context)
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Three months later, Arthur and Miranda get divorced. While Elizabeth moves into their Hollywood home, Miranda moves back to... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...of the Station Eleven comic books, which, she tells him, were given to her by Arthur Leander. (full context)
Chapter 17
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A year before the Flu, Arthur and Clark have dinner in London. By this point, Arthur has a son with his... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...a book she lost on the road. The book is comprised entirely of letters from Arthur Leander to his friend V. (full context)
Chapter 25
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Chapter 25 consists only of letters from Arthur to Victoria, filled with memories and beginning with his time as a young man in... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...to notify him of the impending publication of the book Dear V. Apparently, she says, Arthur talks about his friends and marriages in detail in his letters. Clark and Elizabeth plan... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Seven years before the collapse, Jeevan Chaudhary books an interview with Arthur Leander. Jeevan worked previously as a paparazzo, but has decided to break into entertainment journalism.... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...brother Frank’s sofa in Toronto after the Flu, Jeevan tries to remember what happened after Arthur told him about leaving Elizabeth Colton. Jeevan entertains random memories and wonders if he’ll ever... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Jeevan remembers keeping his word and waiting a full twenty-four hours before telling anyone about Arthur’s second divorce, one of the only moments in his professional career he’s proud of. He... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...the night of the collapse, she was in Toronto in a production of King Lear. Arthur Leander had a heart attack on stage, and before he died, a mystery audience member... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...regret nothing,” once again. She goes to meetings for work until she has to meet Arthur. (full context)
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The reason Miranda is seeing Arthur is a call she received a few months ago from Arthur telling her that his... (full context)
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Arthur is staring in a production of King Lear, and they decide to meet at the... (full context)
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Arthur and Miranda meet in his dressing room, where they begin by exchanging pleasantries. She asks... (full context)
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Though she is mentioned in the book, Arthur tells Miranda he did use some discretion in his letters to Victoria. He tells Miranda... (full context)
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...Miranda isn’t married, she has no kids, and she loves her job and her life. Arthur, on the other hand, has an eight-year-old son (Tyler) who lives with his mother (Elizabeth)... (full context)
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...probably grow up to be unadventurous and well-groomed. Miranda also sees in the way that Arthur interacts with Kirsten how much he misses his own son. (full context)
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Arthur then asks Miranda if she is still drawing, to which she answers yes, always. Her... (full context)
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While Arthur flips through the comics, Kirsten colors in her coloring book. Kirsten fears that she has... (full context)
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A little while later, Miranda realizes she forgot to give Arthur the paperweight that Clark Thompson brought to the dinner party in Los Angeles eleven years... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Two weeks after meeting with Arthur in Toronto, Miranda is on a beach in Malaysia. She is unaware that the collapse... (full context)
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...before moving on to calling Elizabeth Colton. During the pause, he receives a call from Arthur’s lawyer, Gary Heller. Heller starts talking about the possibility of a second will, believing that... (full context)
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...funeral should be in Toronto. As he talks to Elizabeth, Clark remembers a conversation with Arthur years ago about the cities they’d lived in. Arthur says he values Toronto because he... (full context)
Chapter 41
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After receiving the news of Arthur’s death, Miranda sits on the beach for a while, thinking about Arthur. Slowly, she begins... (full context)
Chapter 42
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The people in the airport are generally in shock. Clark finds and reads Arthur’s obituary in the New York Times, and tries to figure out where exactly in the... (full context)
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...but the collapse and the Flu, going from imagined futures to memories of Robert and Arthur. All the while, the solitary plane is still alone on the tarmac. He looks around... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...that they wish their phones were working so they could tweet about hanging out with Arthur Leander’s kid at the end of the world. (full context)
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...LA, Clark thinks of his memories of the city, including the awkward dinner party at Arthur’s house. Tyler is almost always silent, while Elizabeth tells Clark, “I can’t wait till things... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...interview by François Diallo of Kirsten Raymonde. In the interview, Clark reads Kirsten’s retelling of Arthur’s death, and becomes shocked to encounter someone who also knew Arthur. Reading these newspapers is... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...the north makes Jeevan think of Toronto and walking in the snow, and the night Arthur Leander died all those years ago at the beginning of the end. His wife Daria... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...was no old woman with him. Clark wonders what became of Elizabeth, and remembers Tyler, Arthur Leander’s son, now revealed to be the prophet, reading to the airplane as a young... (full context)
Chapter 53
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Back before the collapse, on his last morning on earth, Arthur is tired. He has decided that when Lear closes, he will move to Israel so... (full context)
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At the theatre again, he talks with Tanya in his dressing room. She keeps telling Arthur that he looks terrible, and that he must have forgotten that they were supposed to... (full context)
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Before Tanya leaves to look after the children, Arthur gives her the glass paperweight. She thanks him, and tells him to let her know... (full context)
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After getting into his costume, Arthur goes back to Tanya to tell her that he has decided to pay her student... (full context)
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Fifteen minutes before the show starts, Arthur calls Tyler, who is angry with Arthur since he won’t be in Israel for Tyler’s... (full context)
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Arthur takes his place on stage before the show begins. He is supposed to sit on... (full context)
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When he is halfway through the list, Arthur gets his cue, and gets ready for the play to begin. Later, just before he... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...woman that is clearly Elizabeth Colton, and a man that looks a little bit like Arthur. Miranda is replaced by Dr. Eleven. (full context)