Jack Briggs’s sister. Because she’s overbearing and slightly wealthier than the rest of the family, he’s attentive and obedient to her, often against Margaret’s wishes. While Nance demeans Margaret throughout the novel, she finally goes too far by declaring that because of her polio, Elsa has to go to secretarial school instead of studying medicine. It is at this moment that Margaret decisively rebukes her. Nance represents the world at large, which is eager to dismiss and stigmatize polio patients.
Nance Briggs Character Timeline in The Golden Age
The timeline below shows where the character Nance Briggs appears in The Golden Age. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
12. Angel Wings
...in an ugly bathing suit inherited from her cousin. Wearing it, she remembers her aunt Nance’s barely disguised disgust when she visited the last week, and feels ashamed both of the... (full context)
14. Margaret in Her Garden
22. The Concert
30. The Separation