The Doll’s House

by

Katherine Mansfield

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Lena Logan Character Analysis

A friend of Isabel’s and one of the first two girls invited to see the doll’s house. When the girls are gossiping one day at school, Lena has the idea to embarrass the Kelveys by going up to them and asking Lil if she will be a servant one day. When she does this, Lil and Else do not respond but rather stare back at her silently. Lena decides to kick it up a notch, and screams, “Yah, yer father’s in prison!” at them, parroting the gossip she has heard adults in the village spread about the Kelveys’ father.

Lena Logan Quotes in The Doll’s House

The The Doll’s House quotes below are all either spoken by Lena Logan or refer to Lena Logan. 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 Doll’s House published in 1956.
The Doll’s House Quotes

“Is it true you’re going to be a servant when you grow up, Lil Kelvey?” shrilled Lena.

Dead silence. But instead of answering, Lil only gave her silly, shamefaced smile. She didn’t seem to mind the question at all. What a sell for Lena! The girls began to titter.

Lena couldn’t stand that. She put her hands on her hips; she shot forward. “Yah, yer father’s in prison!” she hissed, spitefully.

Related Characters: Lena Logan (speaker), Lil Kelvey, Else Kelvey
Page Number: 319
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Lena Logan Character Timeline in The Doll’s House

The timeline below shows where the character Lena Logan appears in The Doll’s House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Doll’s House
Insiders, Outsiders, and Class Theme Icon
Talking vs. Silence Theme Icon
...excited to find out who Isabel will choose to see the house first. She picks Lena Logan and Emmie Cole. (full context)
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Innocence and Cruelty  Theme Icon
Provincialism and Pretense  Theme Icon
Talking vs. Silence Theme Icon
...seen her mother do, imitating the sort of gossip that the adults spread regularly. Suddenly, Lena Logan gets an idea. She suggests going up to the Kelveys and asking them if... (full context)
Insiders, Outsiders, and Class Theme Icon
Innocence and Cruelty  Theme Icon
Talking vs. Silence Theme Icon
When approached by Lena, Lil and Else stop eating and hide their sandwiches. Lena asks Lil, “Is it true... (full context)
Insiders, Outsiders, and Class Theme Icon
Provincialism and Pretense  Theme Icon
When the other girls hear Lena’s insult, they are so excited by the cruelty of it that they run off hopping,... (full context)