Girl, Interrupted

by

Susanna Kaysen

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Wade Barker Character Analysis

Georgina’s boyfriend and a psychiatric patient on the men’s ward. He constantly talks about how his father is in the CIA, and has many powerful and dangerous friends. His claims are dismissed as delusions until the Watergate scandal breaks, and two of his father’s friends are suddenly all over national television.

Wade Barker Quotes in Girl, Interrupted

The Girl, Interrupted quotes below are all either spoken by Wade Barker or refer to Wade Barker. 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 Vintage edition of Girl, Interrupted published in 1994.
Chapter 17 Quotes

“We'll find you a new [boyfriend] in the cafeteria," said Georgina. "I’m sure Wade knows somebody nice.”

"Let's forget it," I said. The truth was, I didn't want a crazy boyfriend.

Lisa looked at me. "l know what you're thinking," she said. "You don't want some crazy boyfriend, right?" I was embarrassed and didn't say anything. "You'll get over it," she told me. "What choice have you got?" Everybody laughed. Even I had to laugh.

Related Characters: Susanna Kaysen (speaker), Lisa (speaker), Georgina (speaker), Wade Barker
Page Number: 67
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Wade Barker Character Timeline in Girl, Interrupted

The timeline below shows where the character Wade Barker appears in Girl, Interrupted. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Politics
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...of them. Susanna offers as an example of this phenomenon: “the story of Georgina’s boyfriend, Wade, and the sugar.” (full context)
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Georgina and her boyfriend Wade met in the cafeteria, which the women’s ward and the men’s ward share. Wade is... (full context)
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To comfort the distraught Georgina, who misses Wade badly, Susanna suggests redecorating their room or cooking something in the kitchen. Susanna and Georgina... (full context)
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...Georgina’s nurse surely wrote in Georgina’s file that Georgina “lacked affect after [her] accident,” while Wade’s surely wrote in his that he was continuing with a “fantasy that [his] father is... (full context)
Chapter 17: Checkmate
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...Lisa, meanwhile, is excited about the fact that Georgina has agreed to “lend” her boyfriend, Wade, to Lisa for an afternoon. Georgina insists that sex with Wade only takes ten minutes,... (full context)