Mrs. Macready

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Bio Info

Titles: Mrs. Macready, the housekeeper; The Macready

Age: Unknown

Species: Daughter of Eve

Home: Professor Kirke's Mansion

Physical Description: None

First Appearance: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ch.1 (1950)


Appearances

~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ (1950)

Mrs. Macready is the housekeeper at Professor Kirke's home in the country. In addition to managing the staff there, she also gives tours of the mansion (which is very old and famous). She is unhappy that the Pevensies have come to stay there during the war and firmly instructs them to keep out of her way. One morning the Pevensies hear Mrs. Macready and a large group of people on one of her tours. They try to hide from the group, but no matter where they go, the visitors are always one step behind them. Mrs. Macready leads the tour right up to the spare room where the Pevensies hide in the wardrobe, but stops outside. When the Pevensies come out of the wardrobe (after a grand adventure), they can hear Mrs. Macready and the visitors talking outside, where no time has passed.


About Mrs. Macready

Mrs. Macready is very proud of her position as Professor Kirke's housekeeper, and perhaps even more proud of the fine old house. She serves in the story primarily as a reason for the Pevensies to enter the wardrobe again, but also as a hostile influence indicative of the children's unstable world. Her stern personality drives the children to hide in the wardrobe to escape her displeasure. The interesting thing is that Mrs. Macready never learns of the role she plays in getting the Pevensies to Narnia. As far as she knew, she was simply giving another tour of the old house and telling the visitors all the things she knew.


Quotes

  • "And please remember you’re to keep out of the way whenever I’m taking a party over the house." (LWW, Ch. 5)


Portrayals

  • Elizabeth Hawthorne: Disney/Walden The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005







  • Dilys Hamlett (voice): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Maureen Morris: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990
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