A cultured and educated young woman who becomes Rita’s roommate when Rita leaves Denny. Trish represents the kind of person Rita has always wanted to be, and the two new friends spend their time talking about art and literature. When Frank gives Rita his poetry collections, she brings them home and shows them to Trish, who thinks the poems are incredible. Despite the fact that Trish seemingly has it all—intelligence, elegance, youth—Rita comes home one night to discover that her friend has tried to kill herself. Because of this, Rita sees that being an intellectual doesn’t inherently bring happiness to a person’s life.
Trish Character Timeline in Educating Rita
The timeline below shows where the character Trish appears in Educating Rita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two, Scene One
...Since Frank clearly doesn’t want to talk about Julia anymore, he and Rita start discussing Trish, Rita’s new roommate. “She’s great,” Rita says. “Y’ know she’s dead classy. Y’ know, like... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Two
Act Two, Scene Three
...in question are “simple” and “uncomplicated.” “Yeh, that’s what you say, Frank,” Rita replies, “but Trish and me and some others were talkin’ the other night, about Blake, an’ what came... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Four
Act Two, Scene Five
Act Two, Scene Seven