Mrs Silver

Description

The trouble with Mrs Silver was that she gave all her love to somebody else, and that somebody else was a small tortoise called Alfie.

Description

Description

"The trouble with Mrs Silver was that she gave all her love to somebody else, and that somebody else was a small tortoise called Alfie." - Esio Trot

Mrs Silver appears in Roald Dahl's 1990 story Esio Trot. She lives below Mr Hoppy (who is secretly in love with her) in a block of flats with her tortoise, Alfie - her own greatest love.

A warm, kind-hearted woman, Mrs Silver is also - as Judi Dench, who plays her in the 2015 BBC One adaptation, says - "quite a dotty woman who seems to not notice her tortoise grows massively in an unbelievably short time!"

This is because Mrs Silver's main concern about Alfie is that he is too small. "Try to think how miserable it must make him feel to be so titchy! Everyone wants to grow up," she tells Mr Hoppy.

So Mr Hoppy gives her a little trick to help Alfie grow bigger...

In the 2015 film, Mrs Silver is a retired mid-wife, whereas in the original story she has a part-time job in a shop that sells newspapers and sweets.

About Esio Trot

Quote

Why, I've seen pictures of giant tortoises that are so huge people can ride on their backs! If Alfie were to see those he'd turn green with envy!

Mrs Silver 1

Esio Trot

Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

Shop products