Alice Gull’s lover is a political activist who never appears directly in the novel. His political work forces him to keep a secret identity, and all that is known about him is that Cato is his war name. Alice and he share an intensely passionate relationship, marked by the secrecy of Cato’s work. He sacrifices his private life for the political cause he believes in, putting his own life at risk—and ultimately being killed—to organize unions and defend the rights of vulnerable members of the working class.
Cato Quotes in In the Skin of a Lion
The In the Skin of a Lion quotes below are all either spoken by Cato or refer to Cato. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of In the Skin of a Lion published in 1987.).
Cato Character Timeline in In the Skin of a Lion
The timeline below shows where the character Cato appears in In the Skin of a Lion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Chapter 1: Palace of Purification
...he feels awake and energetic. Patrick remembers a comment Clara had made about Alice after Cato, Hana’s father, died. She said that Alice experienced something akin to madness and extreme loneliness. (full context)
...around the bakery. One night, Hana shows Patrick some old photographs and tells him about Cato, her father, whom she never knew. Noticing a picture of people on the bridge, Patrick... (full context)