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English Literature

Character

Beatrice Carbone

  • She is Eddie's wife. She has never had children of her own and cares for Catherine as if she were her own daughter.
  • She is a loving, caring person. She is excited by the imminent arrival of her cousins and worried that everything is not just so for them, yet also "nervous".
  • She defers to Eddie and lets him control things in the home. Before the arrival of her cousins, she is anxious not to upset him: "I'm just worried about you."
  • There are hints right from the start that she is aware of Eddie's feelings for Catherine, such as when she avoids Eddie's gaze when Catherine fetches his cigar. This becomes more obvious when she confronts Eddie about the state of their marriage: "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?"
  • Partly because of this, she supports Catherine and encourages her to be independent. She helps Catherine persuade Eddie to let Catherine go out to work and, later, tells Catherine she must stand up for herself. "It means you gotta be your own self more."
  • She has a no-nonsense, practical approach, makes clear observations and is assertive. At the end, she is brave enough to tell Eddie the truth: "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!"
  • She is upset by the conflict within the family that the relationship between Rodolpho and Catherine causes. She continually tries to be the calming influence. At the end, however, she remains loyal to Eddie, choosing to stay with him rather than attend Catherine's wedding. She is rewarded for this with Eddie's dying words - "My B!"

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