I for Isobel

by

Amy Witting

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Trevor Character Analysis

One of the university students whom Isobel befriends at a local café. Trevor is an intellectual, and he and Isobel spar and discuss literature at length. He lends her several books, and one time, attempts to embrace Isobel, but she refuses his advance and stops spending time with the clique of students.

Trevor Quotes in I for Isobel

The I for Isobel quotes below are all either spoken by Trevor or refer to Trevor. 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 Text Publishing edition of I for Isobel published in 1989.
Chapter 4 Quotes

Later, she thought wistfully of the vanished prospect of being Trevor's girlfriend, of belonging... Couldn't she have pretended? Would it have been enough, if she had done everything he wanted? That would have been no trouble; she would have been quite ready always to do what Trevor wanted. But she would have had to know what he did want. It would be like being a spy in a foreign country, having to pass for a native. She would be found out. The penalty for being found out appeared as Diana, walking and watching, obsessed with suffering. That moment when you found out they hated you and you did not know why—any deprivation was better than that.

Related Characters: Isobel Callaghan, Trevor, Diana
Page Number: 134
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Trevor Character Timeline in I for Isobel

The timeline below shows where the character Trevor appears in I for Isobel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Glassware and Other Breakable Items
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...arrives at the café early, hoping that the group will come by again. Sure enough, Trevor and Nick show up, and invite Isobel to their table. Janet and Kenneth come in... (full context)
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Trevor walks Isobel nearly to the boarding house, and asks her why she doesn’t attend university.... (full context)
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Nick and Trevor head home to their apartment, which the group colloquially calls Fifty-one, for its street address.... (full context)
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Trevor invites Isobel upstairs to his bedroom to look at some books. Isobel is panicked by... (full context)
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...peaceful and buoyant, and as Isobel sits down with her friends, Janet tells her that Trevor and Nick have gone away for the weekend. Isobel and Janet look over the boys’... (full context)
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Once Isobel is upstairs, Helen comes to Trevor’s door—she tells Isobel that Diana is at the front door, but she can’t stand another... (full context)
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...bus in silence, and Isobel sits down and opens up the book she’s borrowed from Trevor: The Brothers Karamazov. Isobel reads all the way home and then at the boarding house,... (full context)
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...of Diana—Isobel figures that if she had died, the group would be talking about her. Trevor is there, but Nick is not—Nick, though, Isobel notes, is “never really there.” After the... (full context)
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Isobel wishes she could have pretended to want Trevor so that she could have been his girlfriend and at last “belonged”—but she felt she... (full context)
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...and gives her one to calm her. Together, Isobel and Helen take Nick’s mother into Trevor’s room and put her to bed. Isobel stays at Fifty-one until Trevor comes home, and... (full context)