The Go-Between

by

L. P. Hartley

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Marian Maudsley Character Analysis

The beautiful daughter of the Maudsleys, Marian is a charming, funny, and impatient young woman. She initially treats Leo affectionately, taking him to Norwich to buy him some more suitable clothes for the summer. She also sees how useful Leo is to her and Ted, however, and uses her charms to manipulate him into becoming a go-between for messages between the two of them. Highly aware of the restrictions of social class and hierarchy, Marian generally plays her aristocratic role to perfection, and for the benefit of her family has agreed to marry Lord Trimingham and thereby secure the Brandham Hall estate. But below the surface, she is a capricious and passionate woman, much more attracted to the unrefined tenderness of Ted than to the rather unexciting devotion of Trimingham. Leo finds Marian again at the end of the novel, fifty or so years after the events at Brandham Hall. Though she did indeed end up marrying Trimingham after Ted’s suicide, the elderly Marian is as committed as ever to the “happiness and beauty” of her and Ted’s love. She implores Leo to be her messenger once again and tell her grandson that he isn’t cursed by what happened. It’s up to the reader to decide whether she is deluded or, by living her life closer to her emotions, represents the antidote to the strictures of class society.

Marian Maudsley Quotes in The Go-Between

The The Go-Between quotes below are all either spoken by Marian Maudsley or refer to Marian Maudsley. 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 New York Review of Books edition of The Go-Between published in 1953.
Prologue  Quotes

If my twelve-year-old self, of whom I had grown rather fond, thinking about him, were to reproach me: “Why have you grown up such a dull dog, when I gave you such a good start? Why have you spent your time in dusty libraries, cataloguing other people’s books instead of writing your own? What has become of the Ram, the Bull, and the Lion, the example I gave you to emulate? Where above all is the Virgin, with her shining face and long curling tresses, whom I entrusted to you”—what should I say?

I should have an answer ready. “Well, it was you who let me down, and I will tell you how. You flew too near to the sun, and you were scorched. This cindery creature is what you made me.

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marian Maudsley
Related Symbols: The Zodiac
Page Number: 17
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Chapter 4 Quotes

My spiritual transformation took place in Norwich: it was there that, like an emerging butterfly, I was first conscious of my wings. I had to wait until tea for the public acknowledgement of my apotheosis. My appearance was greeted with cries of acclaim, as if the whole party had been living for this moment. Instead of gas-jets, fountains of water seemed to spring up around me. I was made to stand on a chair and revolve like a planet, while everything of my new outfit that was visible was subjected to admiring or facetious comment.

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marian Maudsley
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 10  Quotes

My world of high intense emotions collapsing around me, released not only the mental strain but the very high physical pressure under which I had been living. My only defence was, I could not have expected it of Marian. Marian who had done so much for me, Marian who knew how a boy felt, Marian the Virgin of the Zodiac—how could she have sunk so low?

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marian Maudsley, Ted Burgess
Related Symbols: The Zodiac
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Nothing is ever a lady’s fault; you’ll learn that.

Page Number: 149
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Chapter 15 Quotes

She was a fairy princess who had taken a fancy to a little boy, clothed him, petted him, turned him from a laughing stock into an accepted member of her society, from an ugly duckling into a swan. With one wave of her wand she hasd transformed him, at the cricket concert, from the youngest and most insignificant person present to a spell-bounder who had held them all in thrall. The transfigured Leo of the last twenty-four hours was her creation; and she had created him, I felt, because she loved him. And now, again like an enchantress, she had taken it all away and I was back where I had started from—no, much lower.

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marian Maudsley
Page Number: 155
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“Green, green mon pauvre imbécile, bright green...et savez-vous pourquoi? Parce que vous êtes vert vous-même—you are green yourself, as the poor old English say…it is your true colour, Marian said so.” And he began to dance around me, chanting “Green, green, green.”

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marcus Maudsley (speaker), Marian Maudsley
Related Symbols: Green
Page Number: 175
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Lady-killer: what did that mean? I didn’t like to ask too many questions. I did not think, however, Ted would kill Marian: Man-killer, that was what I had been afraid of. Now the fear had passed away, lost its reality with the rest of my life at Brandham Hall. I could scarcely believe that I had once felt I ought to warn Lord Trimingham of his peril. The ninth Viscount would never know that I had saved him from the fate of the fifth. By removing myself I had removed the danger: it was my master-stroke.

Page Number: 188
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Chapter 20 Quotes

“Marian, why don’t you marry Ted?”

It was only for a moment, but in that moment her face reflected all the misery she had been going through; it was a heart’s history in a look. ‘I couldn’t, I couldn’t!” She wailed. “Can’t you see why?”

I thought I did and since so many barriers between us were being overturned I added—it seemed only logical:

“But why are you going to marry Hugh if you don’t want to?”

“Because I must marry him,” she said. “You wouldn’t understand. I must. I’ve got to!” Her lips trembled and she burst into tears.

Page Number: 211-212
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Chapter 21 Quotes

But what spell could I employ to break the spell that Ted had cast on Marian?

I had no knowledge of Black Magic and relied on the inspiration of the moment. If while concocting the spell I could excite myself and frighten myself, I felt it had a better chance of success. If also I had the sense of something giving way, inside me and outside, that was still better…but those were spells whose operation was confined to the world of my experience, the schoolboy world. I had never launched a spell against a grown-up person. My present victims were not only grown-ups, they belonged to the world from which my spells derived their power; I should be trying to turn their own weapons against them.

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Marian Maudsley, Ted Burgess
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 23 Quotes

“No, you shall come,” she said, and seized my hand, and it was then we saw them, together on the ground, the Virgin and the Water-Carrier, two bodies moving like one. I think I was more mystified than horrified; it was Mrs. Maudsley’s repeated screams that frightened me, and a shadow on the wall that opened and closed like an umbrella.

Related Characters: Leo Colston (speaker), Mrs. Maudsley (speaker), Marian Maudsley, Ted Burgess
Related Symbols: The Zodiac
Page Number: 244
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Epilogue Quotes

Tell him this, Leo, make him see it and feel it, it will be the best day’s work you ever did. Remember how you loved taking our messages, bringing us together and making us happy—well, this is another errand of love, and the last time I shall ever ask you to be our postman…Tell him there’s no spell or curse except an unloving heart.

Page Number: 260
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Marian Maudsley Character Timeline in The Go-Between

The timeline below shows where the character Marian Maudsley appears in The Go-Between. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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...brother, Denys, whom he finds quite unremarkable. He is much more intrigued by Marcus’ sister, Marian, who has “hair bright with sunshine.” He thinks of her as his first real encounter... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Maudsley suggests he write to his mother and get her to send some clothes, but Marian interjects that that would take too long. She asks if she can take Leo to... (full context)
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Marian suggests that the new clothes can be a birthday present for Leo, whose birthday happens... (full context)
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Mrs. Maudsley asks whether Marian would rather wait till Monday, when Lord Trimingham will have arrived, so they can all... (full context)
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Marian goes to Leo and Marcus’s room to look through Leo’s clothes. She admires how well... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Marian takes Leo to Norwich to buy clothes, and he sees the experience as a “turning-point”... (full context)
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Leo and Marian have lunch at a hotel, which is a new extravagance for Leo. One they’re finished... (full context)
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Not long after, Leo meets Marian by the statue of Sir Thomas Browne, someone he’s not heard of before. He gets... (full context)
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...him to Robin Hood, he is “delighted” to think of himself as that character and Marian as Maid Marian, Robin Hood’s love interest. (full context)
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...closer so she can admire the outfit, which she likes very much. She then asks Marian whether she saw anyone in Norwich; Marian says no, and gets Leo to confirm that... (full context)
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...the recipient of the Maudsleys’ “godlike” expenditure. He sees the inhabitants of Brandham Hall, especially Marian, as “resplendent beings,” and “citizens of the world who made the world their playground.” He... (full context)
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...swimming. Leo wants to try out his bathing-suit, but he doesn’t know how to swim. Marian says she’ll teach him, but Mrs. Maudsley won’t allow that. Leo’s mother has told her... (full context)
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The party of six, including Leo, Marcus, Marian and Denys, walk down some tree-lined paths towards the water. Marcus tells Leo that Trimingham... (full context)
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Marian gets out of the water and comes up to Leo. Her hair is coiled up... (full context)
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The group gets changed, and Marian complains to Leo that her hair is so wet it’s going to make her dress... (full context)
Chapter 5 
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...and beginning with prayers read by Mr. Maudsley. Marcus and Leo always attend breakfast, but Marian is frequently absent or arrives halfway through. (full context)
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...that of a gentleman but above that of, well, such a person as Ted Burgess.” Marian sits next to Trimingham, giving him her full attention. (full context)
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After waiting for Trimingham, the group starts walking to church. Leo walks with Marian, who asks him if he has any sisters. He reminds her that he already told... (full context)
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Leo notices Trimingham catching up with them and tells Marian. She responds disinterestedly. When Trimingham does catch up, to Leo’s relief he carries on past... (full context)
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...service ends and Leo notices Trimingham receiving a lot of attention. On the walk home, Marian heads straight to the front of the group. (full context)
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Trimingham ask Leo if he is on good terms with Marian. Hearing that he is, he asks if Leo would take a message to her now:... (full context)
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Leo catches up with Marian and gives her the message. She thanks him and asks Leo to thank Trimingham for... (full context)
Chapter 7 
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...didn’t go on his nice green suit. Leo is hugely relieved and tells Ted that Marian gave him the suit. Ted ties a handkerchief to Leo’s knee and tells him he... (full context)
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Ted asks Leo whether he is friendly with Marian, and if he is often alone with her. He then asks Leo whether he is... (full context)
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Ted writes the letter but tells Leo not to give it to Marian unless he is alone with her. Holding the letter like “a lion guarding something with... (full context)
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...is a “good-looking chap,” and Trimingham states that he needs to have word with Ted. Marian sits “hawk-like,” ignoring the discussion of Ted. Suddenly she gets up and tells Leo she... (full context)
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The two of them go to the bathroom. As Marian washes his knee, she asks Leo whether the handkerchief on it is Ted’s. Leo says... (full context)
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Back in the main narrative, a group from Brandham Hall goes for a picnic. Marian sits close to Trimingham, and Leo tries to get near them. Trimingham notices Leo and... (full context)
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...star after another: a delicious waking dream.” He then falls asleep. Waking up, he hears Marian and Mrs. Maudsley discussing him. Mrs. Maudsley says that Leo is like Marian’s devoted “little... (full context)
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...He enjoys the simple, factual exchange, comparing it to the “conversation of the gods” of Marian, Trimingham, and the others. He believes that, with “the gods,” it is not always his... (full context)
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...“feeble” account of his time so far. He mentions Trimingham calling him “Mercury,” how nice Marian is to him, Marcus being unwell (but not specifically the measles), and the upcoming cricket... (full context)
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...notices him and calls out. He tells Leo that he and the others can’t find Marian and asks Leo to find and inform her that they want to play croquet. He... (full context)
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Leo takes the cinder track towards the outhouses, where he spots Marian. She asks him what he’s doing there. He lets her know about the croquet match... (full context)
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Marian asks Leo if he will take a letter to Ted for her, which he’s delighted... (full context)
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Leo tells Marian that part of the reason he is willing to take the letter is because he... (full context)
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Over the next few days, Leo continues carrying messages between Marian and Ted: “three notes from her, one note and two verbal messages from him.” Ted’s... (full context)
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Leo takes his duties as Mercury—the go-between—“very seriously.” Marian always seems to be more urgent with the letters than when dealing with anyone else.... (full context)
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Leo wonders what the meaning of Ted and Marian’s secret communication might be. He has a few theories, none of which completely satisfy him.... (full context)
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Leo is “half ashamed” of his urge to know the nature of Ted and Marian’s relationship, but is committed to his “privilege in being associated with the movement of the... (full context)
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...around it will be impossible for Leo to take any secret messages between Ted and Marian. Leo feels he could tell his friend “many things but not my fantasy of myself... (full context)
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After breakfast, Leo starts to head off with Marcus, both hopeful and fearful that Marian will not stop him to give him a letter. But she calls out for him,... (full context)
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Leo is about to tell Marian about the newfound difficulty he foresees in taking the letters when Trimingham appears in the... (full context)
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...They both laugh at the thought of spooning, before Leo says seriously that he’s sure Marian doesn’t spoon: “she’s got too much sense.” Marcus is unconvinced, and says that rumor has... (full context)
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Leo thinks it’s fair that he can read Marian’s letter, but he hesitates. He knows she probably meant to seal it, but the fact... (full context)
Chapter 10 
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...is bitterly disappointed at the message he’s read. It had never crossed his mind that Marian and Ted were in love. He would never have expected “Marian the Virgin of the... (full context)
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...land and made the water shallower. The strength of the sun softens his attitude towards Marian. “Spooning” no longer seems the “most damaging activity that a human being could engage in”... (full context)
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...will no longer be able to bring letters because of Marcus’s recovery. Leo hasn’t told Marian yet, and Ted says, “she won’t know what to do, you see, no more shall... (full context)
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Ted asks Leo whether he would want Marian to stop liking him (Leo). When Leo says no, Ted asks him where Leo would... (full context)
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The thought of Marian crying brings tears to Leo’s eyes and he is trembling, troubled by Ted’s “vehemence.” Ted... (full context)
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...straw-stack. He tells Leo to go and do so while he writes a letter for Marian. (full context)
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...as he hadn’t thought he’d be involved in the match. Trimingham asks Leo to find Marian and ask her if she’s going to sing “Home, Sweet Home” at the post-match concert. (full context)
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Leo finds Marian, and excitedly tells her his role in the team. He asks Marian if she would... (full context)
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Marian asks Leo when he is meant to go home. She wants him to stay longer... (full context)
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Leo returns to Trimingham and delivers Marian’s reply. He seems hurt by the answer, telling Leo, “I don’t sing.” Sensing Trimingham’s disappointment,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Leo sits beside Marian, who appears to be very emotional, with trembling lips and flushed cheeks. Leo feels conflicted... (full context)
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...“tenant and landlord, commoner and peer, village and Hall,” but also “something to do with Marian.” (full context)
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...to the pavilion, the villagers rapturously clap Ted for his heroic efforts. Leo notices that Marian doesn’t look up as they pass. (full context)
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...singers has not arrived. Trimingham asks for a volunteer accompanist. Nobody seems willing, but eventually Marian gets up and walks over to the piano. (full context)
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Marian proves to be a “skilled accompanist.” The first singers are taken from the cricket teams,... (full context)
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Ted gets up to sing, and nervously hands his sheet music over to Marian. After a shaky start, Ted gives a “creditable performance” of “Take a Pair of Sparkling... (full context)
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With the song finished, Marian and Ted bow to the audience. Ted’s movements are awkward and jerky, leading Trimingham to... (full context)
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...Trimingham asks Leo to perform. He apprehensively climbs the stage, feeling his “mouth going dry.” Marian asks Leo what songs he knows. They decide to play “The Minstrel Boy,” which Marian... (full context)
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...song goes down extremely well with the audience. While singing it, he half daydreams about Marian and the sacrifices he would make for her. At the end of the song, there... (full context)
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...crowd wants an encore from Leo. He suggests Handel’s “Angels ever bright and fair,” which Marian doesn’t know. However, someone in the audience has the sheet music. They begin the song,... (full context)
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Later on, Marian sings the song Lord Trimingham requested. It sings of “the joys of home”—the peace of... (full context)
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...Ted “looked as if he might be going to blub.” Marcus tells Leo a secret: Marian is engaged to marry Trimingham. He asks Leo if he is glad, to which Leo... (full context)
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...to the celestial world, at one with his “dream life.” Furthermore, he is happy that Marian will marry Trimingham, whom he considers “his idol.” (full context)
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Leo assumes that he will no longer be required to take messages between Marian and Ted, due to her engagement to Trimingham. Although he likes Ted in a “half-admiring,... (full context)
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...He notices that the Viscount memorials on the wall include their wives too, and imagines Marian’s name up there. (full context)
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After the service, Leo walks home with Trimingham. They talk about how well Marian plays the piano, and Leo asks Trimingham why there is no fifth Viscount on the... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...can’t hang around with him that afternoon as he has to visit his grandmother with Marian. He reminds Leo that Marian and Trimingham’s engagement is a secret. Marcus asks if Leo... (full context)
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...game-larder. The temperature is hotter than yesterday, but he thinks it can still do better. Marian suddenly appears, and to Leo’s surprise asks him to take a letter to the farm. (full context)
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Leo tells Marian he can’t take her letter because Trimingham might be upset. She reacts angrily, insisting that... (full context)
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Leo is gravely hurt by Marian’s outburst. He credits her as being the “fairy princess” who has turned him from “an... (full context)
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...it is time for him to leave, and asks if Ted has a message for Marian. (full context)
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...Leo actually wants to take a message, and Leo says that if he doesn’t then Marian will be angry. Ted realizes that Marian is the cause of Leo’s upset. Ted asks... (full context)
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...often concerned about Leo overheating. Privately, Leo fears that Ted will shoot Trimingham because of Marian. (full context)
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Leo fears that Marian will have told everyone at Brandham that he is a “swollen-headed brat” and a “stupid... (full context)
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...Trimingham stops Leo in the hallway. Leo thinks that if he returns home, Ted and Marian’s relationship will cease. Trimingham asks Leo to find Marian for him. He tells Leo that... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...nervous character, even a little bit hysterical. He informs Leo that she is worried that Marian will not stick to her engagement to Trimingham. (full context)
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Leo asks why Marian has to go to London. Marcus tells him that she needs to buy new clothes... (full context)
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...to be green. Marcus says, “you are green yourself … It is your true colour, Marian said so.” He dances around Leo, chanting “green, green, green.” (full context)
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...advantage of and seeks some kind of revenge. He asks Marcus if he knows where Marian is at that moment (she is supposed to be at her grandmother’s). He doesn’t, but... (full context)
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...break off. Marcus says they do sometimes, and that that is what’s worrying Mrs. Maudsley—but Marian would never be “so folle” (foolish) to leave Trimingham. (full context)
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...breakfast the next morning and notices his letter has now gone. Neither Mrs. Maudsley nor Marian is there. During the morning prayer, Leo considers how he feels about Marian but can’t... (full context)
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Leo now resents Marian thinking of him as green, and he can’t bear to look at his green suit.... (full context)
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...of the best at Brandham Hall, as he recovers from the events with Ted and Marian. Leo fondly imagines the bicycle, and thinks that, if he hadn’t learnt of the reason... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Marcus tells Leo that the highlight of the ball is to be Marian’s arrival on his green bike. If Mrs. Maudsley will let her, Marian will make a... (full context)
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...them. They stop the boy excitedly, but the telegram is not for Leo; it’s from Marian to Mr. Maudsley, and says she’ll be arriving later than planned tomorrow. Leo realizes that... (full context)
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...the Boer War. Ted asks who told Leo; Leo says Trimingham. Ted is aware of Marian and Trimingham’s engagement and says that he might go to war; it depends on what... (full context)
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Ted asks whether Leo has told anyone about his and Marian’s “business matter.” Leo says that he hasn’t. Ted now addresses Leo as “Master Colston,” making... (full context)
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...feels “grieved to be parting” from Ted and offers to take one last message to Marian. Ted gratefully tells Leo to inform Marian that “tomorrow’s no good, I’m going to Norwich,... (full context)
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Leo considers it important that, when Marian returns, he avoid being along with her. He feels that against Marian he has no... (full context)
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Marian and Mrs. Maudsley return. After breakfast on Thursday, Marian takes Leo aside. She asks if... (full context)
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Leo asks if Marian had a good time in London; she says that did not. He says he is... (full context)
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To Marian, all men are hard, like “blocks of granite … or the beds at Brandham.” Leo... (full context)
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Marian asks whether Trimingham “made” Ted say he would join the forces. Leo says that Ted... (full context)
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Marian asks whether Trimingham said why he wanted Ted to enlist. Leo says that it’s because... (full context)
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Leo appeals to Marian not to create conflict between Trimingham and Ted. He tells her that Trimingham doesn’t know... (full context)
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Leo asks why Marian doesn’t just marry Ted. Marian tearfully exclaims that marrying Ted would be impossible, and that... (full context)
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Through her sobs, Marian asks if Leo went down to the farm while she was away. Leo says that... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Leo feels reconciled with Marian, if still concerned about what she plans to do. Leo worries about what will happen... (full context)
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Leo intends to break the spell of Ted over Marian. That’s why he falsified the time that Ted had said he would meet Marian. Leo... (full context)
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Leo feels everything has been diminished by the Marian-Ted relationship, and that it’s the cause all of their troubles—including his own. It seems to... (full context)
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Leo decides to make a spell to break Ted’s hold over Marian. He imagines using magic to make Ted and Marian forget each other, or perhaps become... (full context)
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That night, after secretly listening to Marian and others sing, Leo sneaks out of the house. The night scares Leo; it’s a... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...adults treat boys like children and others treat them like “little men.” He believes that Marian, more than anyone, has “puffed” him up and made him feel important. Perhaps the strange... (full context)
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...him try on his aunt’s tie, which he thinks is quite “charming.” Trimingham appeals to Marian and Mr. Maudsley for their opinion. Old Leo interjects that he kept his aunt’s tie... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...afternoon, Mrs. Maudsley is unsure what the group should do because of the ominous weather. Marian takes Leo outside under the pretense of looking at the weather, but to his surprise... (full context)
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Marian playfights with Leo, telling him to take the letter and making him laugh. The noise... (full context)
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Mrs. Maudsley tells Marian not to worry about informing Nannie Robson, and insists on taking Leo for a walk... (full context)
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...stop by a magnolia with a pink blush, which Mrs. Maudsley says reminds her of Marian. She asks if Marian often sends him on errands to Nannie Robson, and says she... (full context)
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Later on, everyone assembles at the tea-table except for Marian and Mrs. Maudsley. Leo’s birthday cake is on the table. Mrs. Maudsley comes in and... (full context)
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...aside so that it’s not an unlucky thirteen. Leo can blow the thirteenth out when Marian arrives, she says, which should be around six o’clock. Leo notices that Mrs. Maudsley’s hands... (full context)
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As it’s raining outside, Mr. Maudsley orders a carriage to Nannie Robson’s to pick up Marian. Leo blows out the twelve candles, and the guests pull crackers, producing a “terrific salvo”... (full context)
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Mr. Maudsley says they will just have to wait for Marian to arrive, but Mrs. Maudsley says that she is going to look for her. She... (full context)
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...tries to get her to go another way, but she persists. Suddenly they come across Marian and Ted making love: “together on the ground, the Virgin and the Water-Carrier, two bodies... (full context)
Epilogue
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...to return to school. He has never remembered what exactly happened after the discovery of Marian and Ted, or his return home. (full context)
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...cleaning his gun. Ultimately, feels old Leo, his spell worked: it broke off Ted and Marian’s relationship, but with unintended terrible consequences. He sees his fate as linked with Ted’s—“I could... (full context)
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Old Leo realizes now that Marian took him to Norwich so she could meet Ted there. He also sees that Marcus... (full context)
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...Brandham, it has “lost its terrors.” Amongst his possessions, Leo finds the final letter that Marian gave him to take to Ted on that fateful day. If he wants true closure,... (full context)
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The letter reveals Marian’s disquiet at meeting at six o’clock—she intended to tell Ted that she thought Leo had... (full context)
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...ninth Lord Trimingham. The eleventh Lord Trimingham disconcertedly asks if Leo had known his grandmother, Marian, too. He informs Leo that she is still alive and living in the village, where... (full context)
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...mind going to see her. Leo asks Trimingham if he will first go and tell Marian that Leo Colston is here to see her, to which he agrees. While Leo waits... (full context)
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The eleventh viscount returns and informs Leo that Marian would be very happy to see him; she has also asked Trimingham to provide lunch... (full context)
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Leo arrives at Marian’s house. She looks very elderly, but her eyes retain some of “their frosty fire.” Leo... (full context)
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Marian tells Leo that they weren’t sure how he found out about Ted’s suicide. They knew... (full context)
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Marian tells Leo that Trimingham (the ninth) married her regardless of her affair and behaved very... (full context)
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Marian complains that her grandson, Edward, doesn’t visit her often. She asks if Edward reminds Leo... (full context)
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Marian asks Leo to tell Edward “what really happened.” She says that only he knows that... (full context)
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Marian says that she is glad Leo agrees, as he was their “instrument”—he made them happy.... (full context)
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Marian wants her grandson to get married, and also thinks it’s not too late for Leo... (full context)
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Leo agrees to deliver the message, and Marian kisses him, calling him “a friend in a thousand.” Her face is wet with tears.... (full context)