The Girl on the Train

by

Paula Hawkins

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Libby was Megan’s and Mac’s daughter. When Libby was just a few months old, Megan took Libby into the bath with her—but when Megan fell asleep, Libby drowned. Megan still carries the trauma of having inadvertently killed her daughter, and her aversion to motherhood and childcare stems from her fear of repeating her mistakes with Libby.

Libby Quotes in The Girl on the Train

The The Girl on the Train quotes below are all either spoken by Libby or refer to Libby. 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:
Women and Society Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of The Girl on the Train published in 2015.
Megan: Six Quotes

"I fell asleep," I say, and then I can't say any more, because I can feel her again, no longer on my chest, her body wedged between my arm and the edge of the tub, her face in the water. We were both so cold.

Related Characters: Megan Hipwell / “Jess” (speaker), Libby, Dr. Kamal Abdic
Page Number: 169
Explanation and Analysis:
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Libby Character Timeline in The Girl on the Train

The timeline below shows where the character Libby appears in The Girl on the Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Megan: Six
Women and Society Theme Icon
Secrets and Lies Theme Icon
Motherhood, Duty, and Care Theme Icon
...arrived, delivered at home by a friend with some nursing training. Megan named the child Libby and loved her instantly. (full context)
Women and Society Theme Icon
Gaslighting, Memory, Repression, and the Self  Theme Icon
Secrets and Lies Theme Icon
Motherhood, Duty, and Care Theme Icon
One day, when Libby was just a few months old, Megan and Mac got into a horrible fight. Mac... (full context)
Megan: Seven
Women and Society Theme Icon
Gaslighting, Memory, Repression, and the Self  Theme Icon
Secrets and Lies Theme Icon
Motherhood, Duty, and Care Theme Icon
...wordlessly led her back to the house. The next morning, the two of them buried Libby near the abandoned train tracks and marked the grave with some stones. That night, Mac... (full context)
Rachel: Nineteen
Women and Society Theme Icon
Gaslighting, Memory, Repression, and the Self  Theme Icon
Secrets and Lies Theme Icon
Motherhood, Duty, and Care Theme Icon
...be. She drives out to Holkham, Megan’s hometown, and visits the place where Megan and Libby are buried. At the gravesite, she thinks about Scott and worries that he will never... (full context)