Cate Kennedy

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Tim and Dave Character Analysis

Liz’s male coworkers. They exchange looks of disdain when she returns and talks incessantly about Daniel with her female coworkers, Julie, Stella, and Caroline. Tim has a jar of gourmet herbal teas in the office kitchen, and watching him drink reminds Liz how little has changed since she left on maternity leave, making her workplace seem dull and stagnant. The two men make Liz painfully aware of her isolation at work and the monotony of her job.

Tim and Dave Quotes in Cake

The Cake quotes below are all either spoken by Tim and Dave or refer to Tim and Dave. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribe edition of Cake published in 2012.
Cake Quotes

Another set of glass doors: her own boundary gates this time, back at her old office, still with the two dusty ficus trees in the foyer, unchanged; perhaps they’re plastic, she’s never noticed before. Her work colleagues all at the same desks, Stella at the front reception, same smell of cardboard and carpet vacuum powder; only the calendar has been changed.

Page Number: 149
Explanation and Analysis:

‘I mean,’ she fumbles, feeling her face flush, ‘I’m very glad to be back, of course, but I actually like staying home. I’ve liked it, I mean.’ She senses, as they nod and smile, that this is not the answer they want.

Related Characters: Liz (speaker), Julie, Stella, and Caroline, Tim and Dave
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:
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Tim and Dave Character Timeline in Cake

The timeline below shows where the character Tim and Dave appears in Cake. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Expectations vs. Reality Theme Icon
...his swim class, which makes them gush about how cute he is. Nearby, Tim and Dave exchange looks of “Disdain.” Liz’s female coworkers swap stories about how they all couldn’t wait... (full context)
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Expectations vs. Reality Theme Icon get her a cake, but they tell her they’ll provide one anyway to celebrate Dave’s upcoming birthday. Liz’s boss, Frank, reminds her about the meeting they have to attend in... (full context)