Cat’s Eye

by

Margaret Atwood

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Carol Campbell Character Analysis

The first friend that Elaine makes when her family moves to Toronto because she is the only other girl who rides the school bus. Judgmental and delicate, Carol does not like any activities deemed too male or dirty, like playing with insects or lizards or climbing on things. She regards Elaine as exotic at first but does not hesitate to join in tormenting her when Cordelia’s games begin.

Carol Campbell Quotes in Cat’s Eye

The Cat’s Eye quotes below are all either spoken by Carol Campbell or refer to Carol Campbell . 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 Anchor Books edition of Cat’s Eye published in 1998.
Part 5 Quotes

But Cordelia doesn’t do these things or have this power over me because she’s my enemy. […] In the war there were enemies. Our boys and the boys from Our Lady of Perpetual Help are enemies. […] With enemies you can feel hatred, and anger. But Cordelia is my friend. She likes me, she wants to help me, they all do. They are my friends, my girl friends, my best friends. I have never had any before and I’m terrified of losing them. I want to please. Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.

Related Characters: Elaine Risley (speaker), Cordelia, Grace Smeath , Carol Campbell
Page Number: 131-132
Explanation and Analysis:

We cross the wooden bridge on the way home from school. I am walking behind the others. Through the broken boards I can see the ground below. I remember my brother burying his jar full of puries, of waterbabies and cat’s eyes, a long time ago, down there somewhere under the bridge. The jar is still there in the earth, shining in the dark, in secret. I think about myself going down there alone despite the sinister unseen men, digging up the treasure, having all that mystery in my hands. I could never find the jar, because I don’t have the map. But I like to think about things the others know nothing about.

Related Symbols: Cat’s Eye Marble, The Bridge
Page Number: 156
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Carol Campbell Character Timeline in Cat’s Eye

The timeline below shows where the character Carol Campbell appears in Cat’s Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Three: Empire Bloomers
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Carol Campbell befriends Elaine, partly because she also takes the school bus. She lives closer to... (full context)
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Elaine and Stephen take Carol to the zoology building, but the different animals and scientific tools creep her out. Elaine... (full context)
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Carol introduces Elaine to her best friend Grace Smeath, who is a year older and in... (full context)
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At Christmas, Elaine gets gifts from Carol and Grace—bath salts and a coloring book, as well as a photo album and a... (full context)
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Grace starts inviting Elaine over without Carol, which she says is because of her mother’s bad heart. Mrs. Smeath has to rest... (full context)
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At school, Elaine skips rope with Carol and Grace, though she finds the songs unsettling. The sun starts to set later, and... (full context)
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...of the world, inevitable with the atom bomb; only insects will survive. Elaine thinks about Carol and Grace, and they already feel less real to her. Elaine’s mother pays them to... (full context)
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...and goldenrod grown up out of the mud around it. A third girl has joined Carol and Grace: Cordelia. The three of them watch from the apple trees as Elaine comes... (full context)
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Elaine, Carol, Grace, and Cordelia play dress-up with Cordelia’s clothing; she wants them to perform plays, but... (full context)
Part Four: Deadly Nightshade
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...says that boys put their tongues in your mouth when they kiss you, which repulses Carol and Grace, and makes Elaine wonder why they would do it—she thinks it would be... (full context)
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On Halloween, Grace wears an ordinary lady’s dress, Carol a fairy outfit, Cordelia a clown suit, and Elaine a sheet because that is all... (full context)
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...She knows there must have been a cake and presents, and that Cordelia, Grace, and Carol must have been there, but she cannot remember anything outside a “vague horror of birthday... (full context)
Part Five: Wringer
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...sits on a window ledge in the zoology building watching the parade; Cordelia, Grace, and Carol sit on a different ledge because they are not speaking to Elaine. They say she... (full context)
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Elaine stands outside Cordelia’s room while Cordelia, Grace, and Carol have a meeting about her. They think that she does not measure up, although they... (full context)
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...down time to avoid having to go out and play. Whenever she does leave, Grace, Carol, and Cordelia are waiting for her. The girls constantly order her around, but only when... (full context)
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Sometimes Cordelia decides to make Carol the target of improvement, and invites Elaine and Grace to walk ahead and discuss her... (full context)
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...handwriting deteriorating, and chastises her, which makes Elaine even more anxious because she knows that Carol will hear and report the exchange later. All the girls go to watch Cordelia in... (full context)
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...“wild,” with her mother, father, and brother being wild along with Cordelia, but Grace and Carol fitting into the category of tame.  Mr. Banerji and Elaine’s father talk about genetic manipulation... (full context)
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...They ask for his name and when she says it is Brian Finestein, Grace and Carol make fun of him for being Jewish, which Elaine had never heard of. She asks... (full context)
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...dimension to the image she had of the family—it “adds something extra and heroic.” Cordelia, Carol, and Grace catch her again, and Carol asks for a turn walking the baby. When... (full context)
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...parents start pulling weeds in their garden, and Elaine skips rope in Grace’s driveway with Carol and Cordelia. They look like girls playing, but Elaine finds the songs that they skip... (full context)
Part Six: Cat’s Eye
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...more relentless, as though she wants to see how far she can go. Elaine and Carol are in Grade Five, and they have Mrs. Stuart as their teacher, who is Scottish,... (full context)
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To keep herself sane, Elaine holds onto the cat’s eye. Cordelia, Grace, and Carol walk ahead and she pictures Cordelia and Grace and Carol disappearing, and thinks about committing... (full context)
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On Valentine’s Day, Elaine gets the most cards from boys, though she hides them. Carol has started growing breasts and wearing lipstick, which makes Cordelia jealous because even though she... (full context)
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...home with the darkness,” and that there is more to them "than meets the eyes.” Carol also shows the girls her (Carol's) mother’s contraceptives hidden in a drawer. She lies on... (full context)
Part Seven: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
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...Grace thinks she has done anything wrong. One day, while walking behind Cordelia, Grace, and Carol, Elaine sees a paper with a picture of the Virgin Mary on the ground, and... (full context)
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...her hat accidentally fell over the bridge. She lies and says that Cordelia, Grace, and Carol had not been with her, and says that a lady helped her. Elaine stays home... (full context)
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Elaine receives a get-well card from Carol, and a rehearsed telephone apology from Cordelia. When she gets back to school, Cordelia accuses... (full context)
Part Eight: Half a Face
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...Cordelia and Grace skip a grade to end up in Grade Eight, whereas Elaine and Carol are only in Grade Six at a new school, which has been built on their... (full context)
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Elaine remembers having been friends with Cordelia, Carol, and Grace, but they all seem flattened to her, and “their names are like footnotes... (full context)
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Cordelia and Grace graduate, and Carol hangs around near boys and isn’t much liked by other girls. Elaine has a boyfriend... (full context)