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Sophie Morrissey Lazarre Character Analysis

Sophie Morrissey is Bernadette’s eldest daughter. She helps out at the Pillager cabin, and Pauline uses love medicine to cause Eli to seduce the young woman. She is punished for her behavior and sent to live with an aunt, but she returns to the Pillager yard, seemingly possessed to stay forever. Eventually she marries a Lazarre and also lives on the family farm as it slowly fails.

Sophie Morrissey Lazarre Quotes in Tracks

The Tracks quotes below are all either spoken by Sophie Morrissey Lazarre or refer to Sophie Morrissey Lazarre. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Tracks published in 2011.
Chapter 4 Quotes

The Virgin stared down. Her brow was clear, Her cheeks bone-pale, Her lips urgently forming a secret syllable, all of a sudden trembled. That’s when I saw the first tear. There were more. Although Her expression never changed, She wept a hail of rain from Her wide brown eyes. Her tears froze to hard drops, stuck invisibly in the corners of Her mouth, formed a transparent glaze along her column throat, rolled down the stiff folds of Her gown and struck the poised snake.

Related Characters: Pauline Puyat (speaker), Sophie Morrissey Lazarre
Page Number: 94
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Sophie Morrissey Lazarre Character Timeline in Tracks

The timeline below shows where the character Sophie Morrissey Lazarre appears in Tracks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Winter 1914-Summer 1917, Meen-geezis, Blueberry Sun
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The Morrissey farm is large and has a variety of crops and animals. Sophie is the older of Bernadette’s daughters, and Philomena the younger. Pauline tells Bernadette that her... (full context)
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One night Pauline dreams of Eli, and awakes next to Sophie, noticing how beautiful she is. She comes up with a plan. Pauline can imagine herself... (full context)
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...to bake the concoction into Eli’s lunch. On the first day, Pauline sees Eli and Sophie interact and knows that her plan is possible to execute. Pauline encourages Sophie, calling out... (full context)
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When the day comes, Sophie heads out of the kitchen with a water jug, a loaf of doctored bread, and... (full context)
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Pauline then reveals herself and tells Sophie to go home or she’ll be punished, but Sophie collapses and Pauline has to drag... (full context)
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...The next day Pauline reveals to Bernadette that she did witness what happened, but that Sophie made the first move. Bernadette goes inside to whip Sophie, and Pauline feels the beating... (full context)
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Sophie kneels, as if possessed, outside Fleur’s cabin. Pauline arrives and tries to break Sophie’s trance.... (full context)
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Eli returns with six ducks on a string, and still Sophie does not move. Eli gathers his courage and enters the cabin. Fleur ignores him, continuing... (full context)
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The Morrissey men are unable to move Sophie, no matter how hard they try. The men leave, and Pauline stays to assess that... (full context)
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A vision then appears to Pauline and Sophie, of the Virgin crying, but Pauline refuses to reveal what she saw to anyone else... (full context)
Chapter 5: Fall 1917-Spring 1918, Manitou-geezis, Strong Spirit Sun
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...he knows he cannot stay away from Fleur. When he returned after the incident with Sophie, Fleur would not speak to him, touch him, or cook for him, and after three... (full context)
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...the rift between the people of the tribe grows after the incident between Eli and Sophie, expanding to include the differing opinions about money and settlements. Nanapush, Margaret, and Lulu go... (full context)
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...Clarence wanting to humiliate Margaret in the same way that Eli has humiliated his sister Sophie. Nanapush tries to discourage them from assaulting Margaret by lying and saying that she is... (full context)
Chapter 6: Spring 1918-Winter 1919, Payaetonookaedaed-geeziz, Wood Louse Sun
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...listens to him play his fiddle, a sound that is painful for her to hear. Sophie and Philomena dance to the music, growing thin as Pauline grows more and more pregnant. (full context)
Chapter 7: Winter 1918-Spring 1919, Paguk Beboon, Skeleton Winter
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News comes from town. Pauline has taken her vows. Sophie and Clarence Morrissey have married their cousins, the Lazarres. Sophie’s Lazarre has six children from... (full context)