Tony’s wife, whom he meets through his job (in arts administration) and with whom he has one child, Susie. Margaret eventually leaves him for a restaurant owner, who in turn leaves her; she and Tony subsequently become friends. Although Tony claims that their relationship is fully platonic, and that Margaret would never want to get back together with him, that claim is contradicted in both explicit and subtle ways throughout the story. Indeed, it’s implied that Margaret’s affair was in part a desperate act, a way to get Tony to react more strongly and perhaps fight for her in a way he proves unable to do.
Margaret Quotes in The Sense of an Ending
The The Sense of an Ending quotes below are all either spoken by Margaret or refer to Margaret . 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Sense of an Ending published in 2012.).
And for a moment, she almost looked enigmatic. But Margaret can’t do enigma, that first step to Woman of Mystery. If she’d wanted me to spend the money on a holiday for two, she’d have said so. Yes, I realise that’s exactly what she did say, but…
Margaret Character Timeline in The Sense of an Ending
The timeline below shows where the character Margaret appears in The Sense of an Ending. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...wondered if things would have been better with Veronica, and never regretted his years with Margaret. Perhaps he lacks the imagination to have fantasized about a wildly different life than his... (full context)
...because it might be evidence, or “corroboration”: it might jump-start some aspect of his memory. Margaret again suggests he let it go, but finds it touching that he’s so stubborn. Then... (full context)
...but Veronica tells him to go first. He relates the account that he tells himself: Margaret and Susie and his grandchildren, his work and retirement and winter breaks. As he’s describing... (full context)
...station he doesn’t know in north London. He thinks this is thrilling, contrasting it to Margaret’s penchant for plans and dislike of surprises. He tries to reactivate other old memories of... (full context)