Funny Boy

Aunty Doris Character Analysis

An old burgher woman who directs the production of The King and I that Arjie and Rahda Aunty join. During Radha’s conflict over whether to marry Anil or Rajan, Doris encourages to think her decision through (instead of simply leaving Anil all at once, like Ammachi wants) but warns about her own experience. Decades before, Doris went against her English family’s wishes by marrying a Tamil man; in retaliation, her family left Sri Lanka and never contacted her again. Now that her husband has died, Aunty Doris wonders whether her marriage was even worth it; her experience demonstrates that, sometimes, it is foolish to give into the power of love and, in the process, undervalue family.

Aunty Doris Quotes in Funny Boy

The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Aunty Doris or refer to Aunty Doris. 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 HarperCollins edition of Funny Boy published in 1994.
2. Radha Aunty Quotes

Sometimes I wonder if it was all worth it in the end. To have made all those sacrifices. Life is a funny thing, you know. It goes on, whatever decisions you make. Ultimately you have children or don’t have children and then you grow old. Whether you married the person you loved or not seems to become less important as time passes. Sometimes I think that if I had gone to England with them maybe I would have met somebody else….” She clicked her tongue against her teeth and laughed. “Anyway, there’s no point in thinking about that—no?”

Page Number: 79
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Aunty Doris Character Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Aunty Doris appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Radha Aunty
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
...weekends, Arjie goes to Sonali’s girls’ school for rehearsals, where Radha Aunty introduces him to Aunty Doris , a white woman who curiously speaks with a Sri Lankan accent. Waiting in the... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...in her room and then follows Arjie to dinner. Ammachi explains that she is calling Aunty Doris to have Radha removed from the play, and laments that she is “flaunt[ing her] illicit... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
When Ammachi calls to get Radha Aunty kicked of the play, Aunty Doris refuses. They agree that Radha will stay in the play—but Appachi will drive her—after she... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
On the way home, Arjie imagines Aunty Doris ’s experience losing her family, and he realizes that this is “a warning to [Radha]”... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
...find her crying outside the classroom. She sends Arjie back and returns, without Anil, while Aunty Doris is cleaning up after the rehearsals. Radha asks Aunty Doris to let her quit the... (full context)