Maryrose is a young white woman and former model, born and raised in the British Cape Colony in present-day South Africa, and the only woman in the socialists’ group besides Anna. Most of the men she encounters, including Paul Blackenhurst and Willi Rodde, obsess over her beauty while ignoring her formidable intellect. Maryrose is sensitive, non-confrontational, and more sympathetic to the situation of white settlers than the others in the group. During her time at the Mashopi Hotel, she is heartbroken over the death of her brother (with whom she possibly had an incestuous relationship) and feels ambivalent about the prospect of a relationship with George Hounslow, whom she considers the only man capable of fulfilling her romantically.
Maryrose Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook
The timeline below shows where the character Maryrose appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Notebooks: 1
...a “self-punishing, cynical tone” that comforts the pain of remembering her political activities in Africa.) Maryrose, as usual, silences the argument—the men never take her seriously, even though she is a... (full context)
...Mrs Boothby’s relief, June soon meets someone. Just as he had once shocked and subdued Maryrose’s mother with a few harsh words, Willi loves to bully Mrs Boothby. That night, they... (full context)
...While some refuse the concept “under pressure of all our knowledge,” it is undeniable that Maryrose will always be Maryrose; even if she has a breakdown, “she would break down into... (full context)
...Ted hummed, but Stanley has “no ear at all.” Paul Blackenhurst points out how pitiful Maryrose is, surrounded by men “positively hang-dog with sex frustration” but still fixated on her brother.... (full context)
The Notebooks: 3
...colony has enough resources for its million and a half blacks—like the whole world, says Maryrose. Humorlessly, Willi says to look to “the philosophy of the class struggle,” and everyone but... (full context)
...and criticizes “the simple savagery” of Africans—another joke on Willi, who falls for it easily. Maryrose reassures Willi that they are laughing at his predictability, not his words. Paul disagrees—Willi is... (full context)
...cicadas begin shrieking again, and two more pigeons land at the other clump of trees—at Maryrose’s request, Paul refrains from shooting them. The two walk off together; the others remark that... (full context)