Under Milk Wood

by

Dylan Thomas

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Lily Smalls is Mrs. Beynon’s maid. She bemoans her dull existence as a maid and dreams of having a rich lover and an exciting life. Lily promises Mrs. Beynon that Butcher Beynon is lying when he claims that his meats come from questionable sources like cats and dogs. At the end of the play, Lily fools around with Nogood Boyo in the wash-house.

Lily Smalls Quotes in Under Milk Wood

The Under Milk Wood quotes below are all either spoken by Lily Smalls or refer to Lily Smalls. 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 New Directions edition of Under Milk Wood published in 2019.
Under Milk Wood Quotes

SECOND VOICE. Mrs. Rose Cottage’s eldest, Mae, peals off her pink–and–white skin in a furnace in a tower in a cave in a waterfall in a wood and waits there raw as an onion for Mister Right to leap up the burning tall hollow splashes of leaves like a brilliantined trout.

MAE ROSE COTTAGE. (Very close and softly, drawing out the words)
Call me Dolores
Like they do in the stories.

Related Symbols: Milk Wood/Llareggub Hill
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:
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Lily Smalls Character Timeline in Under Milk Wood

The timeline below shows where the character Lily Smalls appears in Under Milk Wood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Sinbad Sailors, who runs the taproom, “hugs his damp pillow,” which he calls Gossamer Beynon. Lily Smalls dreams of being caught by a mogul in the washroom. (full context)
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Nature vs. Society   Theme Icon
Lily Smalls , “Mrs. Beynon’s treasure,” wakes up from her dreams of fooling around with “royalty” in... (full context)
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Second Voice draws the listener’s attention to Lily Smalls as she scrubs the front steps of the Beynons’ house. Mrs. Pugh looks on and... (full context)
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...continues to tease her about the questionable sources of all the meats they eat, though Lily Smalls insists that he’s lying. (full context)
Storytelling and Ordinary Life  Theme Icon
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...torch and bible, and ventures into the darkening night. “Off to Gomorrah!” he cries. Meanwhile, Lily Smalls is with Nogood Boyo in the wash-house, and Cherry Owen ventures out to get drunk... (full context)