The Daughters of the Late Colonel

by

Katherine Mansfield

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Benny is Constantia and Josephine’s brother and Cyril’s father. He works in Ceylon, like his father, the colonel, and has the habit of shaking his right hand “up and down, as father’s did when he was impatient.” His sisters debate sending their father’s old timepiece to him, but ultimately decide to send it to Cyril. Benny has not seen his son recently and is not close with him—nor is he close with his sisters.

Benny Pinner Quotes in The Daughters of the Late Colonel

The The Daughters of the Late Colonel quotes below are all either spoken by Benny Pinner or refer to Benny Pinner . 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 The Daughters of the Late Colonel published in 1991.
The Daughters of the Late Colonel Quotes

“Is your dear father still so fond of meringues?” asked Auntie Con gently. She winced faintly as she broke through the shell of hers.

“Well, I don’t quite know, Auntie Con,” said Cyril breezily.

At that they both looked up.

“Don’t know?” almost snapped Josephine. “Don’t know a thing like that about your own father, Cyril?”

“Surely,” said Auntie Con softly.

Cyril tried to laugh it off. “Oh, well,” he said, “it’s such a long time since—” He faltered. He stopped. Their faces were too much for him.

Related Characters: Josephine Pinner (speaker), Constantia Pinner (speaker), Cyril Pinner (speaker), Benny Pinner
Page Number: 250
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Benny Pinner Character Timeline in The Daughters of the Late Colonel

The timeline below shows where the character Benny Pinner appears in The Daughters of the Late Colonel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...allows herself to be led by Constantia, who smiles as she did when she pushed Benny into the round pond. (full context)
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...straight out of the kettle. Josephine wonders what they should send of their father’s to Benny, but she notes that it’s difficult to know what to send to Ceylon, since there... (full context)
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Family, Instability, and Fragmentation Theme Icon
The sisters remember their brother Benny on a verandah, dressed in the costume of a colonial administrator. His right hand would... (full context)
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Ambivalence and Dependency Theme Icon
...while—though it has never come in handy for anything. Yet it would be strange for Benny to open a corset-box and find the watch inside. Constantia remarks that the watch no... (full context)
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...appropriate for the only grandson to have the watch. Cyril would appreciate the gift, and Benny likely no longer wears watches, since men don’t wear waistcoats in hot climates. Cyril, though,... (full context)
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...offers Cyril a meringue, noting that Cyril’s father was fond of them. Constantia asks if Benny is still fond of meringues, and Cyril replies that he doesn’t know. Josephine wonders why... (full context)
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Family, Instability, and Fragmentation Theme Icon
...an “imbecile” as he smiles at his grandfather. Josephine remarks that Cyril has said that Benny is still fond of meringues. The colonel doesn’t seem to hear her, even after she... (full context)