Leslie’s father and Judy’s husband. A political writer whose job often takes him to Washington, D.C., Bill and his wife are open-minded and progressive. At the start of the novel, sick of city life and the pull of fame, they move to the rural town of Lark Creek to “reassess their value structure,” bringing Leslie along with them. Bill is patient, artistic, and open in his ideas and emotions—the polar opposite of Jess’s own father. Bill and Judy are devastated in the wake of their daughter’s death and waste little time packing up their house in preparation to return to the city.
Bill Burke Character Timeline in Bridge to Terabithia
The timeline below shows where the character Bill Burke appears in Bridge to Terabithia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...isn’t necessarily afraid of Leslie’s parents, but he is intimidated by them. Their names are Bill and Judy, and that is what Leslie calls them. They are both writers and intellectuals,... (full context)
...standoffish she notices Jess being—eventually, she confronts him about it, asking if he doesn’t like Bill. Jess says it’s not that he doesn’t like Bill—rather it’s that he’s worried Leslie doesn’t... (full context)