Educating Rita


Willy Russell

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Frank’s girlfriend, whom he lives with. Julia used to be Frank’s student, and she admires him greatly. She now teaches at the university, though she never meets Rita. Unfortunately, Julia’s relationship with Frank isn’t very strong because he seemingly has very little interest in pleasing her. It’s no surprise, then, that she decides to not accompany him to Australia when the university finally forces him to go on sabbatical because of his troublesome drinking habits.

Julia Quotes in Educating Rita

The Educating Rita quotes below are all either spoken by Julia or refer to Julia. 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 Methuen edition of Educating Rita published in 2007.
Act One, Scene One Quotes

Well, then you shouldn’t have prepared supper, should you? Because I said, darling, I distinctly recall saying that I would be late…Yes, yes, I probably shall go to the pub afterwards—I shall no doubt need to go to the pub afterwards if only to mercifully wash away some silly woman’s attempts to get into the mind of Henry James or Thomas Hardy or whoever the hell it is we’re supposed to study on this course…Christ, why did I take this on? …Yes, darling, yes, I suppose I did take it on to pay for the drink… Determined to go to the pub? When did I need determination to get me into a pub…?

Related Characters: Frank (speaker), Rita, Julia
Page Number: 2
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Julia Character Timeline in Educating Rita

The timeline below shows where the character Julia appears in Educating Rita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene One
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...the call. He informs the person on the other end of the line—whom he calls Julia—that he has a student coming from Open University, wondering aloud why he ever decided to... (full context)
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A knock sounds on Frank’s office door. Promising Julia that he’ll only have “a couple of pints” (but whispering, “four…!” to himself), he hangs... (full context)
Act One, Scene Two
Mentorship Theme Icon She’s very caring, very tolerant, admires me enormously.” While telling Rita about his girlfriend, Julia, Frank reveals that he often “stops out” for several days at a time. “If you... (full context)
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Rita asks if Frank even likes Julia, and he says, “I like her enormously. It’s myself that I’m not too fond of.”... (full context)
Act One, Scene Four
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...Frank to go to a play with her. In response, he asks what he’d tell Julia, who’d surely be jealous. “If she knew I was at the theatre with an irresistible... (full context)
Act One, Scene Six
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In his office, Frank tells Rita that Julia was upset that Rita and Denny never came to the dinner party, since there were... (full context)
Act Two, Scene One
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Frank explains to Rita that Julia left him while they were in France, but now they’re back together again. Since Frank... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Seven
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Self-Worth Theme Icon go to Australia for two years as a punishment for a particularly drunken night. Julia isn’t going to accompany him. He jokes that he’ll fit right in when he goes... (full context)