The Daughters of the Late Colonel

by

Katherine Mansfield

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Nurse Andrews Character Analysis

Nurse Andrews helped to take care of the colonel as he neared death, and Constantia and Josephine agree to let her stay on in the apartment after his funeral, though only reluctantly: she is a poor houseguest, since she is fond of overeating and complaining about “butter.” It is suggested that she works for upper-class families (she notes that she was with a “Lady Tukes”) and that she puts on a sophisticated affect (her accent is pointed and exaggerated). Yet the sisters cannot fault her entirely, since she was kind to the colonel—a difficult feat, given his challenging behavior.
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Nurse Andrews Character Timeline in The Daughters of the Late Colonel

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Ambivalence and Dependency Theme Icon
Nurse Andrews is staying with the sisters, since they asked her to after the doctor had gone.... (full context)
Ambivalence and Dependency Theme Icon
At the dinner table with Nurse Andrews one evening, the nurse discusses her time with Lady Tukes, who owned a silver butter... (full context)
Patriarchy and Oppression Theme Icon
Family, Instability, and Fragmentation Theme Icon
The sisters know that Nurse Andrews will be gone soon, and they realize that she had been kind to their father... (full context)