Girl in Translation


Jean Kwok

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Dr. Copeland Character Analysis

Dr. Copeland is the head of the math and science department at Harrison Prep. She's very concerned when Kim is accused of cheating on tests, especially when in the months after the accusation, Kim continues to perform well above what's normally expected and achieve near-perfect grades. To make sure there's no foul play, Dr. Copeland designs a test in which Kim is orally tested on math and science in front of a panel of the department faculty.

Dr. Copeland Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Copeland or refer to Dr. Copeland. 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:
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Seven Quotes

How could I have thought that it had been a personal note for me? I burned with shame at wanting so much to be liked, to belong to a circle of friends, that I had picked up something during a test.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Dr. Copeland, Tammy, Mrs. Reynolds
Related Symbols: Ma's Violin and Piano
Page Number: 156
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Dr. Copeland Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Copeland appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...silently pleading for her not to tell. Mrs. Reynolds leads Kim to the office of Dr. Copeland , who is the head of the math and science department. Dr. Copeland is furious... (full context)
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...logical world. She tests into the accelerated math and sciences program. After a few weeks, Dr. Copeland calls Kim to her office. She expresses concern about Kim's near-perfect grades, and Kim realizes... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...right after Kim turns sixteen. They haven't spoken at all since he defended her to Dr. Copeland in eighth grade. Because of this, Kim is surprised when he calls her late one... (full context)