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In "The Pigman," what does Lorraine's mother look like, and what does she think of men?

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Presumably, Lorraine's mother is a fairly attractive woman, or, at the very least, she was at one point. The narrator does not give readers a lengthy physical description of Mrs. Jensen, but we are told that she has long, beautiful brown hair. Lorraine also tells readers that her mom is a very pretty woman "when she smiles." Unfortunately, Mrs. Jensen hardly ever smiles, so her beauty hardly ever shows. This parallels her thoughts about men. At one point, Mrs. Lorraine was married and in love, but like her beauty, her faith in men and her love toward the opposite sex has faded and become hard.

Mrs. Jensen caught her husband cheating on her, and she divorced him. Soon after the divorce, he was killed. These two tragic events in such close proximity to each other profoundly affected Mrs. Jensen. Her faith in men and her outlook on life were both completely crushed. She now believes that men only have one thing on their mind, and she repeatedly warns Lorraine about this. She even goes so far as to threaten Lorraine about the consequences of being in a car with a boy.

She's always warning me about getting into cars and things like that. When she goes to work on a night shift, she constantly reminds me to lock the doors and windows, and sometimes she calls on the phone if she gets a chance and tells me again. Beware of men is what she's really saying. They have dirty minds, and they're only after one thing. Rapists are roaming the earth.

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Mrs. Jensen, Lorraine's mother, has beautiful long brown hair, and Lorraine says she "is a very pretty woman when she smiles, which is hardly ever".  Mrs. Jensen, who works as a caregiver for terminal patients, always seems to be tired and complaining, and is especially critical of her daughter.  Lorraine's mother is very hostile towards men - in Lorraine's words, she's "got a real hang-up about men and boys", and she warns Lorraine to stay away from them because "they've only got one thing on their minds".  Lorraine's father cheated on her mother when she was pregnant with Lorraine, and he has since died, leaving Mrs. Jensen with the burden of raising Lorraine, with few resources, on her own.  Mrs. Jensen is obsessed with the memory of how terribly her husband treated her, and she extends her hatred to include all men in general; her bitterness has spoiled her beauty and soured every aspect of her life (Chapter 6).

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Lorraine's mother has long, dark brown hair. Lorraine says that she is beautiful when she has her hair down and when she smiles which is hardly ever. The book doesn't really say any thing else about her looks. But she thinks all men are nasty and all of them only have one thing on their minds. She thinks this because when she was pregnant with Lorraine, her husband ran off and never came back. So she is really trying to protect Lorraine.