Lena is George’s wife and Maggie’s sister-in-law. She has three young children and feels herself lucky to have George’s sister as the bondager and not a stranger from the hirings. She is a housewife and she appears in the dinner-time (mid-day) scene making bannocks and preparing dinner for the family. Lena is particularly affected by the bondage system because with having three small children she cannot do the bondage work with George. This means that there has to be another adult woman in the household. Maggie is a considerate girl but Lena is well aware that a complete stranger in the household could cause a lot of problems.
Lena has to accommodate her family and Maggie in one large room divided only by box-beds. In this space there would be a fire with sway for cooking but no oven. Cooking would be simple and in the dinner-time scene she is making bannocks and a pot is bubbling away over the fire. Maggie has brought water, which would be obtained from a well or stream that might be a distance from the cottage.
Tommy and Little Jimmy are Lena and George’s eldest children and stop briefly to chat on their way to school.
Lena was played by Susan Wilson.
"My character Lena was earthy, raw and honest. I enjoyed working with Alysoun and her team and learning more about these Forgotten Workers. I would love to work on similar projects!"