But this “affair” is so strong that every face Mr. Lloyd paints, be it Rose Stanley
or even his own children, seems to resemble Miss Brodie. In this sense, Mr. Lloyd’s portraits symbolize the power of Miss Brodie’s influence on those around her, a power exerted on her lovers and students alike: just as Mr. Lloyd transfigures everyone into a Miss Brodie, so too does Miss Brodie attempt to transfigure her special girls into copies of her. This is especially the case with Rose, whom Miss Brodie plans to have a love affair with Mr. Lloyd as her, Miss Brodie’s own, proxy. However, Miss Brodie’s plan for Rose fails, and Miss Brodie’s influence over her special girls dissipates as they mature and pursue interests and careers independent of her. At last, only Mr. Lloyd and Sandy remain imprinted with Brodie’s image, and their common obsession with her draws the two of them into a love affair.