The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Ernestina’s father. Mr. Freeman has made his fortune through his draper’s store on Oxford Street. He exemplifies the upper-middle-class nouveau riche of the Victorian Era. Though he strives to be a gentleman and wants his daughter to gain an aristocratic title by marriage, he also disdains the aristocracy as lazy and snobbish. He and Charles don’t get along terribly well. They’ve argued about Darwin’s theory of evolution, and Mr. Freeman wants Charles to take over his business one day, which makes Charles feel trapped. After Charles breaks off his engagement to Ernestina, Mr. Freeman treats him harshly, making him sign a confession of guilt.

Mr. Freeman Quotes in The French Lieutenant’s Woman

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Chapter 38 Quotes

To be sure there was something base in his rejection—a mere snobbism, a letting himself be judged and swayed by an audience of ancestors....

But there was one noble element in his rejection: a sense that the pursuit of money was an insufficient purpose in life. He would never be a Darwin or a Dickens, a great artist or scientist; he would at worst be a dilettante, a drone, a what-you-will that lets others work and contributes nothing. But he gained a queer sort of momentary self-respect in his nothingness, a sense that choosing to be nothing... was the last saving grace of a gentleman; his last freedom, almost.

Related Characters: Charles Smithson, Mr. Freeman
Page Number: 294
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Mr. Freeman Character Timeline in The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Freeman appears in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...before, because her mother sent her a letter about it. Charles admits that he and Mr. Freeman had a disagreement about Darwin’s ideas. Mr. Freeman said he didn’t want Ernestina to marry... (full context)
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Charles reassures Ernestina that his scientific disagreement with Mr. Freeman doesn’t matter. She points out that he hasn’t even noticed the fossils they’ve been walking... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...her back to her parents, and Ernestina cried in her mother’s arms while Charles and Mr. Freeman smiled at each other. (full context)
Chapter 37
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Though Ernestina’s father, Mr. Freeman , secretly despises the aristocracy, he’s so careful to act like a gentleman that it... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman listens to Charles solemnly and is silent when he finishes. They’re in Mr. Freeman’s study... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman confirms that Charles still has a decent income of his own, and points out that... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman opens Ernestina’s letter. Charles stares out a window into Hyde Park. He sees a girl... (full context)
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Charles suddenly feels like he’s become an employee. Mr. Freeman asks for permission to discuss another matter, though he seems unsure how to begin. Finally,... (full context)
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Charles protests that he doesn’t know anything about business, but Mr. Freeman says he has the necessary qualities. He isn’t suggesting any immediate changes, but eventually he... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman says he will never believe that humans are descended from monkeys, but he can understand... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...sense of irony and is naked. It now seems absurd that he went to visit Mr. Freeman rather than just sending a letter. The thought of having to be careful with money... (full context)
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Charles sees a girl buying candles and begins to think about commerce. He sees Mr. Freeman ’s offer as an insult to his class. He should have rejected it immediately. But... (full context)
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Charles finds himself on Oxford Street, by Mr. Freeman ’s store. He walks into the street to take in the whole store. People are... (full context)
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...life, though he couldn’t articulate his search to others. In any case, he knows that Mr. Freeman ’s store does not hold the meaning of life. (full context)
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...free will. But in reality, Charles feels trapped. He feels chilled with rage against everything Mr. Freeman stands for. He gets into a cab, and when he closes his eyes, he sees... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...actually very drunk. When they head out to take a drive, Charles feels embarrassed, sensing Mr. Freeman ’s judgment. (full context)
Chapter 42
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...Charles thinks about his life and concludes that things could change in the two years Mr. Freeman gave him to consider his future—his uncle could die. He remembers that he’ll soon be... (full context)
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...money once he’s married, and Sam realizes there is a secret. Charles says he’ll ask Mr. Freeman ’s advice for Sam. When Sam leaves, Charles worries that Sam is becoming deceitful. He... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...everything he knows has been destroyed. He’s vaguely aware of the judgment of Ernestina and Mr. Freeman . He stares at the ceiling and pulls Sarah closer, and she takes his hand.... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...can say what he has to say. Confused, she sits. She has a letter from Mr. Freeman , and Charles says that he didn’t tell her father the truth, which is that... (full context)
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...Charles has suddenly come to this conclusion, and he replies that he was disappointed that Mr. Freeman didn’t break off their engagement. He mentions that Mr. Freeman wanted him to join the... (full context)
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...to the floor, but her faint doesn’t seem quite real. He says he’ll write to Mr. Freeman , and he rings for Mary. Charles meets her in the hall, saying he’s going... (full context)
Chapter 56
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Before long, Charles receives a letter from Mr. Freeman ’s lawyers telling him to go to their offices at an appointed time. Charles brings... (full context)
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Mr. Aubrey, one of Mr. Freeman ’s lawyers, says that Charles’s letter to Mr. Freeman is evidence of his guilt. Mr.... (full context)
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...of. Charles is red, and Serjeant Murphy glares at him. However, Mr. Aubrey says that Mr. Freeman wants to be merciful and not bring Charles to court, as long as he’ll sign... (full context)
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...put it to. Montague says she could put it in the newspaper, but he thinks Mr. Freeman wants to keep everything quiet. (full context)
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...if necessary. Charles agrees, but he wants to know how Ernestina is. They return to Mr. Freeman ’s party and sign the document. Mr. Freeman starts to threaten Charles, but Aubrey stops... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...for his marriage, he gave her information. Mrs. Tranter likes helping people, so she convinced Mr. Freeman to give Sam a job in his store. (full context)
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Sam learned quickly in his new job. One day Mr. Freeman walked to work, but as soon as he entered the store he went back out.... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman said this was the best window display all year and instructed that the slogan be... (full context)
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...wants to start a shop of his own, but Mary insists that he continue at Mr. Freeman ’s store. They’re becoming wealthier, and Mary has recently interviewed eleven girls to find a... (full context)
Chapter 59
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...afraid to get attached to any of them because of the document he signed for Mr. Freeman . (full context)