The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Mr. Teddy Lloyd Character Analysis

The art teacher at Blaine, Mr. Lloyd is handsome and sophisticated, half Welsh and half English, with red and gold hair. He lost his left arm during World War I. While they are colleagues together at Blaine, Mr. Lloyd falls deeply in love with Miss Brodie and she with him. But Mr. Lloyd is a married man, and so Miss Brodie renounces her love for him altogether, bestowing it instead on Mr. Lowther. So strong is Miss Brodie’s love for Teddy despite this, however, that she arranges a plot whereby her student Rose Stanley is to become Mr. Lloyd’s lover in her stead. So strong is Mr. Teddy Lloyd’s love for Miss Brodie, in turn, that all of the people he paints portraits of, including the Brodie girls, resemble Miss Brodie herself. Ultimately, Miss Brodie’s plot fails: it is not Rose but Sandy who ends up having a love affair with Mr. Lloyd, in part because Sandy is so interested in Teddy’s obsession with Miss Brodie—an obsession which she shares.

Mr. Teddy Lloyd Quotes in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Teddy Lloyd or refer to Mr. Teddy Lloyd. 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 3 Quotes

Sandy caught his [Mr. Teddy Lloyd’s] glance towards Miss Brodie as if seeking her approval for his very artistic attitude and Sandy saw her smile back as would a goddess with superior understanding smile to a god away on the mountain tops.

Related Characters: Sandy Stranger, Mr. Teddy Lloyd
Page Number: 52
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Chapter 5 Quotes

She [Sandy] began to sense what went to the makings of Miss Brodie who had elected herself to grace in a particular way and with more exotic suicidal enchantment than if she had simply taken to drink like other spinsters who couldn’t stand it any more.


It was plain that Miss Brodie wanted Rose with her instinct to start preparing to be Teddy Lloyd’s lover, and Sandy with her insight to act as informant on the affair. It was to this end that Rose and Sandy had been chose as the crème de la crème.

Related Characters: Miss Jean Brodie, Sandy Stranger, Mr. Teddy Lloyd
Page Number: 116
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Chapter 6 Quotes

She [Miss Brodie] thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin, she sees the beginning and the end. And Sandy thought, too, the woman is an unconscious lesbian. And many theories from the books of psychology categorized Miss Brodie, but failed to obliterate her image from the canvases of one-armed Teddy Lloyd.

Related Characters: Miss Jean Brodie, Sandy Stranger, Mr. Teddy Lloyd
Related Symbols: Mr. Teddy Lloyd’s Portraits
Page Number: 128
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The more she [Sandy] discovered him [Mr. Lloyd] to be in love with Jean Brodie, the more she was curious about the mind that loved the woman. By the end of the year it happened that she had quite lost interest in the man himself, but was deeply absorbed in his mind, from which she extracted, among other things, his religion as a pith from a husk.

Related Characters: Miss Jean Brodie, Sandy Stranger, Mr. Teddy Lloyd
Page Number: 132
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Mr. Teddy Lloyd Character Timeline in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Teddy Lloyd appears in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...to them, one they “had only lately lit upon.” Sandy goes on to say that Mr. Lloyd , the one-armed Art master to the Senior girls at Blaine, has just had a... (full context)
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...colleagues at the Junior school had been turning against her—all save Mr. Gordon Lowther and Mr. Teddy Lloyd , the only men on the staff. Both “were already a little in love with... (full context)
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Though Mr. Lowther and Mr. Lloyd look like one another, both having red-gold coloring, “habitual acquaintance” proves otherwise. Mr. Lloyd, the... (full context)
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Miss Brodie’s class has up to this point had only one opportunity to size up Mr. Lloyd closely, during an art lesson with Miss Brodie in attendance. The scene is this: Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. Lloyd then continues the lesson, turning to a painting of Madonna and Child without any sense... (full context)
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...not long after this that Monica Douglas reports to the Brodie set that she saw Mr. Lloyd kiss Miss Brodie. The other girls don’t really believe her, however, and question her over... (full context)
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...clothes on singing days.” Sandy continues to disbelieve that Monica had seen Miss Brodie kiss Mr. Lloyd ; in fact, only Rose, who is not at all and never will be curious... (full context)
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...this point and is by her own admission past her prime. She tells Sandy that Teddy Lloyd had loved her greatly, but that she had renounced him because he was married, even... (full context)
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...Gaunt, she hypothesized with Jenny that Miss Brodie was having a love affair not with Mr. Lloyd but Mr. Lowther, and Jenny in particular imagined how the two teachers would initiate sexual... (full context)
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...the Braid Hills Hotel. Miss Brodie goes on to tell Sandy that, since she renounced Mr. Lloyd , the love of her prime, she began an affair with Mr. Lowther as a... (full context)
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...Sandy is almost sure that Mr. Lowther loves Miss Brodie and that Miss Brodie loves Mr. Lloyd . The narrator also foreshadows here, although only vaguely, that Rose Stanley later becomes involved... (full context)
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...motivated by something that happened earlier that day: Miss Brodie specifically sent Rose to help Mr. Lloyd carry art supplies back to the classroom and it occurred to Jenny and Sandy that... (full context)
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...Miss Brodie was fitting her old love story about Hugh to her new one involving Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Lowther. Sandy admires this narrative technique, but also feels a “pressing need to... (full context)
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...not have much potential, which makes her girls “feel chosen.” Miss Brodie also inquires about Teddy Lloyd , who teaches the girls’ art class. The girls tell her about their first day,... (full context)
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During the girls’ visits to Cramond, Miss Brodie asks them many questions about Mr. Lloyd , including about his wife Mrs. Deirdre Lloyd and children, while Mr. Lowther eats looking... (full context)
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...while Miss Brodie prepares a great ham. She asks them, as she often did, about Mr. Lloyd , and they tell her about two portraits in his studio, an amusingly serious one... (full context)
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Fifteen years old at this time, Sandy stands with Mr. Lloyd in his studio admiring the portrait he has done of Rose Stanley in her gym... (full context)
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...up—which she thinks “perhaps a good thing.” While they are together in his studio, however, Mr. Lloyd confides in Sandy that he desires to paint all the Brodie girls, individually and then... (full context)
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Sandy then follows Mr. Lloyd downstairs, where she spends most of tea trying to understand her feelings about him kissing... (full context)
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...love with, and cook for, him. Mr. Lowther broods on the possibility that she prefers Mr. Lloyd ’s long legs to his short ones. (full context)
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...unfolding over many years: Rose with her instinct is to have a love affair with Mr. Lloyd , as a great lover above the common moral code, and Sandy with her insight... (full context)
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...she talks about or indulges in sex, but because she is popular with the boys. Teddy Lloyd completes a portrait of all the girls, whom “in a magical transfiguration,” all resemble Miss... (full context)
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...Miss Brodie’s sexual feelings are satisfied by proxy, as her plan for Rose to become Mr. Lloyd ’s lover reaches fulfillment. Miss Brodie claims that, if she wished, she could marry Mr.... (full context)
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...term following, Miss Brodie puts her spare energy into her plan for Rose to become Mr. Lloyd ’s lover and for Sandy to become her informant on the affair. “What energy she... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...and Mary take groceries to people living in slums; Jenny is acting; Rose models for Teddy Lloyd , sometimes accompanied by Sandy who toys with the idea of inducing Mr. Lloyd to... (full context)
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...Rose shook off her influence. She still confides in Sandy that she thinks Rose and Mr. Lloyd will become lovers, which is not so much a theory as part of Miss Brodie’s... (full context)
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...Lloyd wears. She psychologizes the Lloyds while with them; and when she looks on as Mr. Lloyd paints a portrait of Rose nude, Sandy notices that the image emerging resembles Rose but... (full context)
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Sandy has told Miss Brodie—and Miss Brodie loves to hear it—that all of Mr. Lloyd ’s portraits reflect her. Miss Brodie calls herself Mr. Lloyd’s Muse and predicts that Rose... (full context)
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...The two instead talk of Miss Brodie: Sandy explains that Rose never did sleep with Teddy Lloyd , that Miss Brodie did indeed love the artist, and so her renunciation of him... (full context)
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...Lloyds’ to sit for her own portrait, sometimes accompanied by Rose. Once, when Sandy and Mr. Lloyd are all alone because his wife and family are away, Sandy tells him that all... (full context)
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During the time of their affair, Mr. Lloyd paints Sandy a little. She tells him that he is making her look like Miss... (full context)
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...last Miss Brodie comes to the point: “‘Rose tells me you have become his [ Mr. Lloyd ’s] lover,’” she says. Sandy says she has, because Mr. Lloyd interests her. Miss Brodie... (full context)
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Mr. Lloyd continues painting accidental portraits of Jean Brodie, even though he recognizes as Sandy does that... (full context)
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The following autumn, Sandy meets Miss Brodie several times, discussing Mr. Lloyd as usual, how his portraits all reflect the lover who renounced him. Miss Brodie tells... (full context)
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...of the year. When she goes to the Lloyds’ to say goodbye, she looks around Mr. Lloyd ’s studio and sees the portraits “on which she had failed to put a stop... (full context)