Character Analysis in Afterward
Mrs. Mary Boyne: Mary is an American woman married to Ned. Using funds from a sudden windfall, they buy a remote home in England. Mary is inquisitive but has trouble understanding the business dealings her husband undertakes. However, she has faith in him to do right to secure their financial future. She romanticizes European living, referencing the tropes of Gothic tradition when purchasing a home.
Mr. Ned Boyne: Ned is married to Mary. At their new English home, Ned is working on an economics book after having received a large amount of money by investing in the Blue Star Mine. He is the couple’s financial earner and can sometimes be impatient with Mary’s curiosity.
Character Analysis Examples in Afterward:
"They’ve been able to lay the butter so thick on every exquisite mouthful.”..." See in text (I)
"I don’t want to have to drive ten miles to see somebody else’s ghost. I want one of my own on the premises...." See in text (I)
"“the least hint of ‘convenience’ would make me think it had been bought out of an exhibition, with the pieces numbered, and set up again.”..." See in text (I)
"Besides, she had felt from the first that, in a community where the amenities of living could be obtained only at the cost of efforts as arduous as her husband’s professional labors, such brief leisure as they could command should be used as an escape from immediate preoccupations, a flight to the life they always dreamed of living...." See in text (II)
"It’s all rather technical and complicated. I thought that kind of thing bored you.”..." See in text (II)
"If she had indeed been careless of her husband’s affairs, it was, her new state seemed to prove, because her faith in him instinctively justified such carelessness; and his right to her faith had overwhelmingly affirmed itself in the very face of menace and suspicion. ..." See in text (III)
"as unemotionally as a gramophone grinding out its “record.”..." See in text (V)