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What are the characteristics of Marie Swainson in "The Wind Blows"?

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Because Marie Swainson is a secondary character in this story and is not focalized, all of the reader’s understanding of her comes from what she means to Matilda, the main character.

The facts that we know about Marie Swainson are as follows:

  • She lives next door to Matilda, the main character.
  • She uproots the chrysanthemums from her front yard to stop them being “ruined” by the wind and is “stamping and swearing” as she does.
  • She has her piano lesson after Matilda but arrives “hours before her time.”

We can extrapolate...

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