One of the neighbors when Elaine’s family moves to Toronto and the mother of Brian Finestein, whom Elaine briefly babysits. Mrs. Finestein is a stylish lady who supports and inspires Elaine. She is also the first Jewish person Elaine meets. As one of the first adults outside of Elaine’s direct family who seems to respect her and treat her kindly, Elaine loves and admires Mrs. Finestein. Although Mrs. Finestein does judge Elaine’s adult fashion choices of all black, they continue to have a positive relationship and Elaine paints her as one of her three muses.
Mrs. Finestein Character Timeline in Cat’s Eye
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Finestein appears in Cat’s Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Five: Wringer
Part Six: Cat’s Eye
Part Eight: Half a Face
...to make her own clothing in home economics and gets fashion advice next door from Mrs. Finestein . Sometimes she gets stuck doing dishes with Stephen, who condescendingly teaches her about space... (full context)
Part Ten: Life Drawing
...wearing all black, which Babs and Marjorie (older women in Life Drawing) tease her for. Mrs. Finestein tells Elaine’s mother that she looks like an Italian widow and is letting herself go;... (full context)
Part Fourteen: Unified Field Theory
...question the reality of the landscape. Her next painting is called Three Muses; she painted Mrs. Finestein , Miss Stuart, and Mr. Banerji—not as they were to themselves, but as they inspired... (full context)