Under Milk Wood

by

Dylan Thomas

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Mary Ann Sailors Character Analysis

Mary Ann Sailors is the grandmother of Sinbad Sailors. Her disapproval is what prevents Sinbad from pursuing a romance with Gossamer Beynon. Mary Ann Sailors is deeply religious and dreams of the Garden of Eden. She sees Milk Wood as itself a Garden of Eden and thinks Llareggub’s inhabitants are God’s chosen people. When Mary Ann Sailors first wakes up, she opens her window announce to the town her exact age (85 years, three months, and one day).

Mary Ann Sailors Quotes in Under Milk Wood

The Under Milk Wood quotes below are all either spoken by Mary Ann Sailors or refer to Mary Ann Sailors. 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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Under Milk Wood Quotes

Up the street, in the Sailors Arms, Sinbad Sailors, grandson of Mary Ann Sailors, draws a pint in the sunlit bar. The ship’s clock in the bar says half past eleven. Half past eleven is opening time. The hands of the clock have stayed still at half past eleven for fifty years. It is always opening time in the Sailors Arms.

Related Characters: First Voice (speaker), Sinbad Sailors, Mary Ann Sailors
Page Number: 40-41
Explanation and Analysis:

The thin night darkens. A breeze from the creased water sighs the streets close under Milk waking Wood. The Wood, whose every tree–foot’s cloven in the black glad sight of the hunters of lovers, that is a God–built garden to Mary Ann Sailors who knows there is Heaven on earth and the chosen people of His kind fire in Llareggub’s land, that is the fairday farmhands’ wantoning ignorant chapel of bridesbeds, and, to the Reverend Eli Jenkins, a greenleaved sermon on the innocence of men, the suddenly wind–shaken wood springs awake for the second dark time this one Spring day.

Related Symbols: Milk Wood/Llareggub Hill
Page Number: 94-5
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Mary Ann Sailors Character Timeline in Under Milk Wood

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Ann Sailors appears in Under Milk Wood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Mary Ann Sailors dreams herself away from her clean kitchen, which has “Sunday-school pictures” hanging from its walls,... (full context)
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...House and predicts that he’s on his way to arrest Polly Garter “for having babies.” Mary Ann Sailors opens her bedroom window and announces to the world her exact age: “eighty-five years three... (full context)
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...Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, who dines on tea and “starchless bread.” Elsewhere, Mr. Waldo eats kippers, and Marry Ann Sailors praises God. Mr. Pugh continues to imagine ways to kill Mrs. Pugh, who continues to... (full context)
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First Voice redirects the scene up the street. Sinbad Sailors, who is Mary Ann Sailors ’s grandson, opens his bar, Sailors Arms, where “it is always opening time.” First Voice... (full context)
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...an opposite effect on Captain Cat, who is overcome with a sense of nostalgia. Meanwhile, Mary Ann Sailors looks out the window at Llareggub Hill and thinks it must be “the Chosen Land.” (full context)
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...calls “a lady all over.” Sinbad wishes he could marry Gossamer, but his disapproving grandmother, Mary Ann Sailors , prevents him from doing so. Mr. Waldo can only think lustfully of women and... (full context)
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...people. To “the hunters of lovers,” Milk Wood is a breeding ground for sin. To Mary Ann Sailors , who believes that the townspeople of Llareggub are God’s “chosen people,” Milk Wood is... (full context)