The Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook

by

Doris Lessing

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Marie is Jackson’s wife, who lives with him and their children in their cottage on Mr Boothby and Mrs Boothby’s property. She has an affair and child with George Hounslow, which forms the basis for Anna’s plot in her first novel, Frontiers of War. Mrs Boothby sends Marie and Jackson back to Nyasaland at the end of the first section of the black notebook.

Marie Quotes in The Golden Notebook

The The Golden Notebook quotes below are all either spoken by Marie or refer to Marie . 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 Simon and Schuster edition of The Golden Notebook published in 1962.
The Notebooks: 1 Quotes

George said: “No, it’s the responsibility. It’s the gap between what I believe in and what I do.”

Related Characters: George Hounslow (speaker), Anna Wulf, Willi Rodde , Marie
Page Number: 124
Explanation and Analysis:
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Marie Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook

The timeline below shows where the character Marie appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Notebooks: 1
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Communism and Disillusionment Theme Icon
Action, Freedom, and Moral Courage Theme Icon
...country and pursuing his affairs, mostly with African women. This includes the Boothby’s cook’s wife, Marie, who had his child—George finds it horribly hypocritical to preach socialism but not care for... (full context)
Fragmentation, Breakdown, and Unity Theme Icon
Gender, Labor, and Power Theme Icon
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Communism and Disillusionment Theme Icon
Action, Freedom, and Moral Courage Theme Icon
...but George tells her to wait, saying that he could sleep with her, and then Marie, and then his own wife, “and be happy with all three of you.” She insists... (full context)
Fragmentation, Breakdown, and Unity Theme Icon
Gender, Labor, and Power Theme Icon
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...my child” and complains that he cannot help support the family—he is still sleeping with Marie, whom he still loves, and Jackson is none the wiser about the son who is... (full context)