Consider the Lilies – Chapter Eighteen Notes

Mrs Scott settles back into her own home. She has two visitors.

Sheila

What had Sheila feared about the ring?
That her daughter had stolen it.

What is worrying her about the moving?
• “Imagine all these children by the sea…”
• “…if the rain comes on, then I don’t know what will happen.”
• She resents that the wealthy and strong will not struggle.

What suggests that Mrs Scott is beginning to understand children?
• She gives Sheila’s sons gifts. (a globe and some stockings)

What does Sheila say she admired in Mrs Scott?
“I used to envy the way you used to dress Iain with all those lovely woollen suits.”

Mr Macmillan, the minister

Why has he come?
• To salve his conscience. “…he too was gone, abashed and happy.”

What does Mrs Scott now realise about him?
• He is selfish. He doesn’t really care about her health.
• He is a hypocrite.

Evening

What does Mrs Scott begin to imagine?
• She imagines all the things from the past that used to happen in the area.
• They appear to her like ghosts.
• “…presences on the moor and at the end of the road…”
• “There was no music tonight. Perhaps there would never be music again.”

What does she tell herself?
• The past is gone. Her memories are only memories. She is alone. All the others are gone.
• “I’m too old for fairies.”

‘Take no thought for tomorrow, for the morrow will take care of itself’”

What change does this suggest in her way of thinking?
• There is no point fretting for the future. This is different from the past when she lived for the judgement of God, when she died. She has learned to live each day at a time, and to value each day for itself.

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