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Desperate Characters Summary
Paula Fox

Everything you need to understand or teach Desperate Characters by Paula Fox.

  • Desperate Characters Summary & Study Guide
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Desperate Characters Summary

Plot Summary

Desperate Characters is a story about the desperation in the lives and marriage of Sophie and Otto Bentwood. They are an affluent, middle-aged couple of German descent that live in New York, in Brooklyn. Otto is a wealthy and competent attorney, while Sophie stays at home. The story focuses primarily on Sophie, and only Sophie's thoughts are revealed to us. The story begins with Sophie receiving a cat bite from a stray cat, and the wound she receives becomes infected and painful. Sophie refuses to have it treated and the wound becomes worse as she ignores it. The wound is symbolic of the growing desperation in her life, her refusal to face her problems and wrest meaning out of a seemingly meaningless and purposeless life. Sophie's major conflict is not with the cat, however, but with her marriage with Otto, which initially appears to be falling apart. Sophie...

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