Girl in Translation

Dr. Weston Character Analysis

Dr. Weston is the guidance counselor and psychiatrist at Harrison Prep who conducts Kim's school admissions interview. She appears unused to dealing with such low-income students, as her secretary mistakenly asks if Ma is parking the car—it's unthinkable to them that a child would come to an admissions interview alone. Though she's impressed with Kim, some of Kim's behavior at the interview makes it clear to Dr. Weston that Kim is truly very young. She ends up offering Kim a full-ride scholarship to Harrison Prep and later, personally helps Kim apply to Yale.

Dr. Weston Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Weston or refer to Dr. Weston. 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 Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Five Quotes

I stopped walking for a moment and thought about turning back, going back to who I was. If they knew that Ma made even my underwear for me, that we slept under pieces of fabric we'd found in the trash, they would surely throw me out. I was a fraud, pretending to be one of the rich kids. What I didn't know then was that I shouldn't have worried about pulling any of this off; they weren't fooled at all.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Ma, Dr. Weston
Related Symbols: Underwear
Page Number: 98
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Twelve Quotes

I was just a poor girl whose main practical skill was bagging skirts faster than normal […] I was good at school but so were many of the other kids, most of whom had been groomed since birth to get into the right college. No matter how well I did in my classes or how well I managed to fake belonging to the cool circle, I knew I was not one of them.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Annette, Curt, Dr. Weston
Page Number: 247
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"Does it have heat?"

She looked startled. "Do you mean central heating?"

"Yes, does it have radiators that work?"

"Of course it does. I mean, don't worry, the heat works great."

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Mrs. Avery (speaker), Annette, Dr. Weston
Page Number: 254
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Dr. Weston Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Weston appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Five
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...secretary realizes that Kim came alone, she instructs Kim to wait. A few minutes later, Dr. Weston shakes Kim's hand. Dr. Weston shows Kim to her office and explains that she's going... (full context)
Six
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Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
When Kim returns to Dr. Weston 's office, she inadvertently offends her by saying the school is quiet. Dr. Weston speaks... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Dr. Weston mentions that they may be able to get up to 50% of tuition covered. Kim... (full context)
Twelve
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Soon, Dr. Weston calls Kim into her office to talk about where Kim wants to go to college.... (full context)