Chinese Cinderella

Chinese Cinderella

Mary Suen Character Analysis

Mary is a close friend of Adeline during the years spent at boarding school. Mary is kind and considerate, visiting Adeline every day in the hospital when she is stricken with pneumonia one summer. Even so, Adeline cannot bring herself to share her own pain, knowing that Mary’s home life is also difficult—Mary’s father has a mistress and a second family whom he spends all of his time with, bringing much strife to the household and shame to her mother.
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Mary Suen Character Timeline in Chinese Cinderella

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Suen appears in Chinese Cinderella. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: End of Term
Physical and Emotional Abuse Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Self-Worth Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
...filter out until only Adeline and her two best friends are left, Rachel Yu and Mary Suen. Although Adeline loves her friends, she can never bring herself to tell them the... (full context)
Chapter 20: Pneumonia
Physical and Emotional Abuse Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
After Rachel and Mary leave, Adeline’s headache grows much worse, developing into a high fever, and the next morning... (full context)
Chapter 21: Playwriting Competition
Coming of Age and Self-Worth Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
When the chauffer brings Adeline back to school, she finds Rachel, Mary, and her friends playing a game in which they each compare what they believe are... (full context)