Under Milk Wood

by

Dylan Thomas

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Mrs. Pugh is the nagging, insufferable wife of Mr. Pugh, Llareggub’s schoolmaster. She repeatedly calls her husband a pig and remains mostly unaware of his fantasies about poisoning her, though Willy Nilly, the postman, does inform her of the contents of the package he delivers to Mr. Pugh: a book called Lives of the Great Poisoners.
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Mrs. Pugh Character Timeline in Under Milk Wood

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Pugh appears in Under Milk Wood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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In the School House across the street, Mr. Pugh brings Mrs. Pugh her morning tea and imagines slipping poison into the cup. He opens the bedroom door... (full context)
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...listener’s attention to Lily Smalls as she scrubs the front steps of the Beynons’ house. Mrs. Pugh looks on and scoffs at Lily, whose skirt is tucked into her undergarments. Mrs. Pugh... (full context)
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...kippers, and Marry Ann Sailors praises God. Mr. Pugh continues to imagine ways to kill Mrs. Pugh , who continues to nag him. Willy Nilly finishes his tea as Mrs. Willy Nilly... (full context)
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Captain Cat hears Willy Nilly arrive at the School House, where he relays to Mrs. Pugh all the gossip he’s gleaned from that day’s letters. Willy Nilly gives Mrs. Pugh a... (full context)
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...about famous poisoners and takes notes, careful to conceal the book’s cover from his wife. Mrs. Pugh calls her husband a “pig” for being rude and reading at the table, prompting Pugh... (full context)
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...donkeys and pigs dream. Mr. Pugh has fallen asleep at the table, and an irritated Mrs. Pugh calls him a pig. Mr. Pugh continues to daydream about poisoning Mrs. Pugh.    (full context)