The Lovely Bones

Abigail Salmon Character Analysis

Jack Salmon gave his wife Abigail the nickname “Ocean Eyes” when they were still dating, and Susie, growing up, always assumed that the nickname referred to the color of Abigail’s irises. As Susie grows older, however, she realizes that the name refers to the depth, strangeness, and unknowability of Abigail’s often-distant gaze. A woman who, it is heavily implied, never meant to become a mother in the first place, Abigail feels as if her life has been sidelined by her children, though she loves them deeply. She treats Lindsey and Susie more as friends or confidantes than daughters, but Susie is still floored by the realization, as she plunges into adolescence, that her mother is a vast sea of secrets. Abigail is devastated by Susie’s death, but unlike the rest of her family, she longs to move on from it quickly. She becomes infatuated with the lead detective on her daughter’s case, Len Fenerman, and within a year the two embark on an ill-fated affair. When Abigail realizes that even adultery will not fill the gaping hole in her heart, she leaves her family and travels out west to California. She keeps in touch with them through phone calls and postcards sporadically over the years, but it is only when Jack experiences a life-threatening heart attack that she comes home for good. Abigail is a free spirit who longs for more than motherhood, but as the novel progresses, she comes to understand that her family—her husband, her mother, and her children—have formed the bedrock of her life and have made her who she is. Abigail’s journey is most directly tied to themes of desire, tragedy, and alienation. As Abigail grapples with feelings of restlessness, loneliness, and the active desire for isolation in the wake of her daughter’s death, Sebold paints a portrait of a complicated woman who wrestles daily with the joys and burdens of motherhood—a portrait not usually seen in the story of a dead child and a grieving family.

Abigail Salmon Quotes in The Lovely Bones

The The Lovely Bones quotes below are all either spoken by Abigail Salmon or refer to Abigail Salmon. 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. My murderer believed in old-fashioned things like eggshells and coffee grounds, which he said his own mother had used. My father came home smiling, making jokes about how the man's garden might be beautiful but it would stink to high heaven once a heat wave hit.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Jack Salmon, Abigail Salmon, George Harvey
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 3 Quotes

When the roll came back from the Kodak plant in a special heavy envelope, I could see the difference immediately. There was only one picture in which my mother was Abigail. It was that first one, the one taken of her unawares, the one captured before the click startled her into the mother of the birthday girl, owner of the happy dog, wife to the loving man, and mother again to another girl and a cherished boy. Homemaker. Gardener. Sunny neighbor. My mother's eyes were oceans, and inside them there was loss. I thought I had my whole life to understand them, but that was the only day I had. Once upon Earth I saw her as Abigail, and then I let it slip effortlessly back, my fascination held in check by wanting her to be that mother and envelop me as that mother.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Abigail Salmon
Related Symbols: Susie’s Photographs
Page Number: 43
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Chapter 12 Quotes

And I watched that flat red mouth move across an invisible line that separated her from the rest of the world. She pulled Len in and kissed him on the mouth. He seemed to hesitate at first. His body tensed, telling him NO, but that NO became vague and cloudy, became air sucked into the intake fan of the humming hydrant beside them. She reached up and unbuttoned her raincoat. He placed his hand against the thin gauzy material of her summer gown… I knew what was happening. Her rage, her loss, her despair. The whole life lost tumbling out in an arc on that roof, clogging up her being. She needed Len to drive the dead daughter out. He pushed her back into the stucco surface of the wall as they kissed, and my mother held on to him as if on the other side of his kiss there could be a new life.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Abigail Salmon, Detective Len Fenerman
Page Number: 148, 152
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Snapshots Quotes

Years passed. The trees in our yard grew taller. I watched my family and my friends and neighbors, the teachers whom I'd had or imagined having, the high school I had dreamed about. As I sat in the gazebo I would pretend instead that I was sitting on the topmost branch of the maple under which my brother had swallowed a stick and still played hide-and-seek with Nate, or I would perch on the railing of a stairwell in New York and wait for Ruth to pass near. I would study with Ray. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway on a warm afternoon of salty air with my mother. But I would end each day with my father in his den. I would lay these photographs down in my mind, those gathered from my constant watching, and I could trace how one thing—my death—connected these images to a single source. No one could have predicted how my loss would change small moments on Earth. But I held on to those moments, hoarded them. None of them were lost as long as I was there watching.

Related Symbols: Susie’s Photographs
Page Number: 230-231
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Chapter 19 Quotes

On the flight to Philadelphia, she sat alone in the middle of a row of three seats. She could not help but think of how, if she were a mother traveling, there would be two seats filled beside her. One for Lindsey. One for Buckley. But though she was, by definition, a mother, she had at some point ceased to be one too. She couldn't claim that right and privilege after missing more than half a decade of their lives. She now knew that being a mother was a calling, something plenty of young girls dreamed of being. But my mother had never had that dream, and she had been punished in the most horrible and unimaginable way for never having wanted me. I watched her on the plane, and I sent a wish into the clouds for her release. Her body grew heavy with the dread of what would come but in this heaviness was at least relief. The stewardess handed her a small blue pillow and for a little while she fell asleep.

Related Characters: Susie Salmon (speaker), Abigail Salmon, Lindsey Salmon, Buckley Salmon
Page Number: 266
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Abigail Salmon Character Timeline in The Lovely Bones

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Chapter 2
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...replies that “nothing is ever certain,” and this line is what Jack later repeats to Abigail when he shares the bad news. Abigail, Susie’s mother, has been providing the police with... (full context)
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...they believe they have found one of Susie’s schoolbooks. Though evidence is mounting, Jack and Abigail continue to explain away the policemen’s finds, refusing to believe that their daughter is dead. (full context)
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...the Salmons’ front door. In the living room, he sits down with Jack, Lindsey, and Abigail and reveals that the police have found yet another personal item of Susie’s. He holds... (full context)
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...Lindsey overhears this, but it is something that she has already known, on some level. Abigail, in the next room, begins to wail. Jack protests, saying that there can’t be a... (full context)
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...watches as Lindsey sits alone in her room and works on numbing and “hardening” herself. Abigail tells Lindsey that she does not have to go to school for the last week... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Abigail was not yet wearing lipstick, and Susie realized in that moment that her mother only... (full context)
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...touches Susie’s things, examining her clothes and her pin collection, before finding the photo of Abigail tucked beneath a tray on Susie’s dresser. Susie, from heaven, is slightly sad—she had wanted... (full context)
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When Jack returns from building the tent at Harvey’s that day, Abigail is not home. Jack goes up to his den and begins making notes, strategizing about... (full context)
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Abigail is downstairs, having arrived home while Jack was on the phone. She is hiding in... (full context)
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...in honor of his late wife, Leah. Jack counters that a neighbor had once told Abigail that Mr. Harvey’s wife’s name had been Sophie, but quickly begins to second-guess himself. Once... (full context)
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...Jack and Ruana wait in relative silence, Jack thinks about his own family, and about Abigail. In the two months since Susie’s death, Jack and Abigail have been moving in opposite... (full context)
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...is small, quiet, and thoughtful, and above all, he is an optimist. He has told Abigail that he believes that in time, Susie’s killer will do something else “uncontrollable,” and reveal... (full context)
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...his wife’s. Jack comes in, and hugs Nate and Buckley. He greets Len Fenerman, and Abigail sends the boys upstairs, explaining that Jack and Detective Fenerman need to talk. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...fur coat. She insisted on coming in for the memorial—which had been Principal Caden’s idea—despite Abigail’s protests that she didn’t need to. Abigail finds her mother embarrassing and outlandish, and the... (full context)
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...away into the house, and Grandma Lynn remarks that Lindsey hates her. Inside the house, Abigail takes Grandma Lynn’s coat, and Grandma Lynn asks if Jack is still “muttering about that... (full context)
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After dinner, Lynn joins Abigail at the sink, and tells her that she “needs some help.” Abigail thinks that her... (full context)
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Clarissa and Brian Nelson are there, and Clarissa greets the Salmons solemnly. Abigail cannot stop staring at Clarissa as if in a trance—she cannot help but focus on... (full context)
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...nice things about Susie—Principal Caden, Mrs. Dewitt, and the Reverend Strick all speak—but Jack and Abigail sit numbly through the memorial. Lindsey, too, does not react to Samuel’s attempts to squeeze... (full context)
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...stop Ruana’s words from echoing in his head, though he has not shared them with Abigail—he is afraid she might say something about Jack’s dark desire to Len Fenerman. Jack has... (full context)
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...is not a killer. Lindsey steps into the room, and berates Len for “giving up.” Abigail comes downstairs, and as she sees Len, Jack notices something new, strange, and alive in... (full context)
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That night, Jack writes in his notebook that “Abigail thinks Len Fenerman is right about Harvey.” Alone in his study, he considers how Abigail... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Early that morning, the sleeping Salmon family is awakened by police sirens down the street. Abigail instructs Lindsey to go wake Jack, who she assumes has fallen asleep in his study,... (full context)
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...and bring her to the hospital. When Lindsey walks into Jack’s room at the hospital, Abigail is not there. Lindsey, crying, comforts her sleeping father, and sings him a song that... (full context)
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Susie backtracks in time to the moment Abigail got to the hospital. Upon arrival, Abigail finds her husband still in surgery, and immediately... (full context)
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Out on a small concrete balcony, Len and Abigail smoke together. Abigail asks Len how his wife died, and he tells her that she... (full context)
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Susie remembers, when she was alive, seeing the effect Abigail had on men. She recalls that on Thursdays, her father would come home early, and... (full context)
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...and the needy part of her has grown, rather than shrunk. Len pulls away from Abigail, and asks her to think of her husband and consider what she’s doing, but Abigail... (full context)
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Hal Heckler, still in the visitor’s area, watches Abigail and Len—hair and clothes mussed—walk back down the hall toward Jack’s room. Farther down the... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...being made from moonstone and coming from outer space. Buckley shares this information excitedly with Abigail, but Abigail is detached and removed. She finds herself more and more often daydreaming of... (full context)
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...for all. Jack desperately wants to get back to work, back to normalcy—and away from Abigail, who has only retreated further into herself as the months have gone on. (full context)
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...the first time. Jack helps her, but realizes as he does that it should be Abigail teaching her daughter how to shave. As Jack observes Lindsey, helping her to avoid nicks,... (full context)
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...Thanksgiving, and immediately intuits that something is wrong with her daughter. That night, Lynn joins Abigail in the kitchen to help her dry the dishes. After a few minutes of silence,... (full context)
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Abigail tells her mother that she has always felt very alone, and that now, in the... (full context)
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Lynn asks Abigail to promise her that she will stop seeing the man she is seeing, but Abigail... (full context)
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That night, Abigail dreams of India. She sees a young girl being led through the street to a... (full context)
Chapter 14
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When Lindsey walks in the front door of her own home Jack, Abigail, Grandma Lynn, and Samuel are sitting together, worried sick that she has come home late.... (full context)
Chapter 15
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After picking Buckley up from Nate’s house, Abigail stops at a pay phone, calls Len, and instructs him to meet her in a... (full context)
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Len leads Abigail down a hallway in the mall, and through a white door set flush into the... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...out the window and sees a stream of neighbors heading for the field. She tells Abigail that something is going on, but Abigail says she is “not interested.” For weeks, Lindsey... (full context)
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Inside the house, Lindsey continues urging Abigail to take part in the vigil. Abigail insists that their family has already had Susie’s... (full context)
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...rain, and though her mother always warned her she would “catch [her] death,” that night, Abigail watched Susie spin in the rain and remarked that she looked “invincible.” Susie turned to... (full context)
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One evening in the summer of 1975, Jack and Abigail make love. The next morning, she leaves for her father’s cabin in New Hampshire. Over... (full context)
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...paws through the evidence box, he finds Susie’s old jingle-bell hat, and begins thinking of Abigail. Susie pities Fenerman, as he has failed both in solving Susie’s murder and loving Susie’s... (full context)
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Abigail makes it through just one brutal winter in New Hampshire before driving out to California... (full context)
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Grandma Lynn gives Buckley a book about gardening. Abigail calls from California every once in a while. Her conversations with Jack are strained and... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...of photos—the last of Susie’s film, which he recently developed. Looking through old photographs of Abigail, he begins falling in love with her all over again, reminiscing about their happier days... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...berate Jack, yelling at him for focusing only on Susie and ignoring him, Lindsey, and Abigail. (full context)
Chapter 19
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When Abigail arrives at the winery for her shift, she finds a note from the caretaker waiting... (full context)
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Abigail rushes to the airport and boards a connecting flight to Philadelphia. When she lands in... (full context)
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Abigail goes outside of the airport for a cigarette. She takes her wallet out of her... (full context)
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On the flight to Philadelphia, Abigail realizes that by abandoning her children she has relinquished her role as a mother. She... (full context)
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When Abigail disembarks the plane in Philadelphia, she barely recognizes Lindsey, who is waiting for her at... (full context)
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On the way to the parking garage, Abigail apologizes for lying to Lindsey—their eyes meet, and the secret of Len hangs in the... (full context)
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Abigail finds herself in the same hospital she came to eight years ago in the middle... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Outside the hospital, Abigail buys an enormous bunch of flowers from a vendor and brings them to Jack’s room.... (full context)
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Back at the hospital, Abigail plans to wait for Jack to wake and then say goodbye and return to California.... (full context)
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...wakes at close to four in the morning. He wishes he could hold the sleeping Abigail, but he is too weak. Instead he watches the rain hit the windows of his... (full context)
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Jack asks Abigail how it was to see Buckley and Lindsey, and she admits that it was unbelievably... (full context)
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Jack tells Abigail that Susie appeared in the room just now, and presses Abigail to admit that she... (full context)
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Len arrives at the hospital and enters Jack’s room. Abigail awkwardly welcomes him. Len tells Abigail and Jack not to get their hopes up—Harvey still... (full context)
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...at a bike show in a nearby town—the bike shop is abandoned for the day. Abigail is at the hospital with Jack, reading to him from the newspaper. Lindsey is at... (full context)
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...helps Jack into a wheelchair—it is time for him to go home. Buckley, Lindsey, and Abigail ride down in the elevator with him, and when the doors open on the lobby,... (full context)
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...unpack the car, Lindsey asks her mother if she is going to hurt Jack again. Abigail assures her that she is going to do “everything she can not to,” but does... (full context)
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Abigail goes upstairs to Susie’s old room. She whispers “I love you, Susie” into the empty... (full context)
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Abigail rejoins her family downstairs. Samuel has an announcement to make. He raises a glass of... (full context)
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...is already on his way down the porch steps—his mother is waiting in the car. Abigail walks down the driveway and leans into Ruana’s car window to say hello to her.... (full context)
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...mischief, like causing Buckley’s garden to come up all at once one year. Knowing that Abigail had stayed and once again often found herself staring out at the yard, Susie gave... (full context)