Catherine is Raina’s mother, an older wealthy woman who is delighted at the prospect of a marriage between her daughter and the wealthy, seemingly heroic Sergius. She cannot see through Sergius’s act and thinks him a perfect fit for her daughter. She often treats Nicola unfairly, and seems wrapped up in her own wealth and social status.
Catherine Petkoff Quotes in Arms and the Man
The Arms and the Man quotes below are all either spoken by Catherine Petkoff or refer to Catherine Petkoff. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Arms and the Man published in 1990.).
Act 1 Quotes
I am so happy—so proud! It proves all our ideas were real after all.
Act 2 Quotes
She is so grand that she never dreams that any servant could dare to be disrespectful to her; but if she once suspects that you are defying her, out you go.
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Catherine Petkoff Character Timeline in Arms and the Man
The timeline below shows where the character Catherine Petkoff appears in Arms and the Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...what the furniture in the room is worth. Her reverie is interrupted by her mother Catherine Petkoff, who is “determined to be a Viennese lady” and therefore wears a fashionable tea... (full context)
...hear of Sergius’s success. She remarks that it “proves our ideas were real after all.” Her mother indignantly asks her to explain this remark, and Raina admits that she sometimes doubts whether... (full context)
...demeanor seems almost insolent. She also looks excited, but not in the rapturous way of Catherine and Raina, and she is clearly contemptuous of their romantic demeanors. She tells them that... (full context)
...are cruelly slaughtering fugitives, and wonders what the point of such an exercise might be. Catherine ignores her and in a businesslike manner goes to make everything safe downstairs, insisting that... (full context)
...house. Nicola is lecturing Louka about her manners, saying that if she does not improve, Catherine will fire her. Louka, defiant as ever, tells Nicola she doesn’t care what Catherine thinks... (full context)
...see Raina, who appears suddenly around the side of the house. Petkoff remarks aside to Catherine that Raina appears always at the right moment. Catherine impatiently tells him that Raina “listens... (full context)
...warmly greeting Bluntschli by name and shaking his hand. He does not notice how nervous Catherine is. Sergius joins them and Petkoff apologizes that the servants have brought him to the... (full context)