Cat’s Eye

by

Margaret Atwood

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Another student in Elaine’s Life Drawing class who also has an affair with Mr. Hrbik. She falls deeply in love with him, but he does not seem to return her affections. She ends up becoming pregnant and has an illegal abortion which nearly kills her—Elaine saves her life by taking her to the hospital.
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Susie Character Timeline in Cat’s Eye

The timeline below shows where the character Susie appears in Cat’s Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Ten: Life Drawing
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One night, Susie, another Life Drawing student, joins the group in the Ladies and Escorts room. She also... (full context)
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...of her lives, whereas her nighttime life is her real life. At night, she observes Susie and Mr. Hrbik. Susie is two years older than Elaine at 21 and lives in... (full context)
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...love affair funny the way her older classmates Babs and Marjorie do, because she sees Susie as in control, leading Mr. Hrbik to his besotted fate. Once Susie realizes that everyone... (full context)
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As their relationship develops, Elaine and Mr. Hrbik keep it hidden from Susie, who seems to suspect something and feel heartbroken. Susie tracks Elaine down at her job... (full context)
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...“do anything for him.” She says no. She wonders if he talks about her with Susie the way he discusses Susie with her. Around this time, Jon appears at the Swiss... (full context)
Part Eleven: Falling Women
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...not feel guilty because he has always been able to have a duplicitous relationship with Susie behind the scenes. One day, Susie randomly calls Elaine and asks her to come over.... (full context)
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...furniture seems normal, but Elaine sees a dark carpet on the footprint. She looks for Susie and finds her lying in blood on her bed. At the sight of her, Elaine... (full context)
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Although Susie does not want her to tell Josef, Elaine does so anyway. When he finds out,... (full context)
Part Twelve: One Wing
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...became of him. He made a film once that seemed to be about Elaine and Susie, but Elaine feels like she can’t blame him because she was unfair to him; she... (full context)