The Stone Angel


Margaret Laurence

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A minister from Doris’s church who comes to call on Hagar several times. He attempts to offer her solace through prayer and quiet contemplation, but Hagar rejects his entreaties for her to accept the mercy of God into her life. Nevertheless, Mr. Troy is a good listener, and allows Hagar to tell him many stories about her youth.

Mr. Troy Quotes in The Stone Angel

The The Stone Angel quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Troy or refer to Mr. Troy. 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:
Memory and the Past Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Chicago Press edition of The Stone Angel published in 1964.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Doris returns. She fusses over me, fixes my pillows, rearranges my flowers, does my hair. How I wish she wouldn’t fuss so. She jangles my nerves with her incessant fussing. Mr. Troy has left and is waiting outside in the hall.

“Did you have a nice chat?” she says wistfully. If only she’d stop prodding at me about it. “We didn’t have a single solitary thing to say to one another,” I reply. She bites her lip and looks away. I’m ashamed.

But I won’t take back the words. What business is it of hers, anyway?

Oh, I am unchangeable, unregenerate. I go on speaking in the same way, always, and the same touchiness rises within me at the slightest thing.

“Doris—I didn’t speak the truth. He sang for me, and it did me good.”

Related Characters: Hagar Shipley (speaker), Doris Shipley, Mr. Troy
Related Symbols: The Stone Angel
Page Number: 293
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Mr. Troy Character Timeline in The Stone Angel

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Troy appears in The Stone Angel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Choices and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
...her to an evening church service. Hagar declines, and Doris says she’ll bring the minister, Mr. Troy , to come call on Hagar later in the week. Hagar tries to dismiss Doris’s... (full context)
Chapter 2
Memory and the Past Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
Womanhood Theme Icon
The following week, Mr. Troy calls on Hagar—but he has picked a bad day to visit. Hagar is feeling unwell.... (full context)
Memory and the Past Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
Back in the present, Mr. Troy marvels at the story Hagar has been telling. He asks if she has any friends... (full context)
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
...seen the advertisement, but does not mention it, and instead asks about her visit with Mr. Troy . Hagar replies that Mr. Troy is a stupid man with bad teeth. (full context)
Chapter 4
Memory and the Past Theme Icon
Doris calls Mr. Troy once again, knowing their family is in need of advice. He comes to talk with... (full context)
Chapter 10
Choices and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
Hagar wakes from a nap to find Doris and Mr. Troy at her bedside. Doris leaves the two of them to talk while she goes to... (full context)
Family, Love, and Resentment Theme Icon
Several hours after Doris and Mr. Troy have left, Hagar has another visitor, a young man whom she doesn’t immediately recognize. The... (full context)