Mem Gowdie is a healer and midwife, alongside her niece, Anys. While Anys is flamboyant, often seeming eager to attract attention and perpetuate rumors, Mem is staid and quiet. She has an immense store of herbal knowledge and a large supply of kindness. Anna remembers Mem caring for her after her mother’s death, a rare moment of comfort in a harsh childhood. Like Anys, Mem is killed by a hysterical mob who believe she is a witch responsible for the plague.
Mem Gowdie Character Timeline in Year of Wonders
The timeline below shows where the character Mem Gowdie appears in Year of Wonders. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Ring of Roses
...a witch. While Elinor is protected by her class from such suspicions, the town healer, Mem Gowdie, was once accused of witchcraft; people believed that because her teas and salves could... (full context)
Part 2: Rat-Fall
Part 2: Sign of a Witch
...hysterical mob of villagers, including her friend Lib and neighbor Mary. The mob is attacking Mem Gowdie, accusing her of witchcraft and, convinced that her blood can cure the plague, smearing... (full context)
Part 2: Venom in the Blood
Part 3: Apple-Picking Time