The Spy's Wife Themes

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Secrets and Lies

The majority of characters in the book are guilty of keeping a secret or telling a lie. These range from minor cover-ups used to protect people, such as Mrs. Haddington keeping her symptoms quiet, to Sam's deception to Molly and the rest of the world. Intent is important here, as it provides a clearer outline of the personality of the character who is lying. Mrs. Haddington's lie and her secrecy was used for a good purpose: she wanted to protect the feelings of her family. This shows her maternal nature, not only to Molly but also to Ivor. Although Sam's deception was on a much larger scale, it may be argued that his reasons were similarly to protect Molly.

Infidelity is a sub-theme here. Trevor is the guiltiest character of this, but it also appears in the affair between Sally Anne and Sam. Molly is rather...

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