Me Before You

Katrina (Treena) Clark Character Analysis

Lou’s younger sister, Treena is considered the clever one of the family. Lou has always felt stuck in Treena’s shadow, a feeling which persists even after Treena gets pregnant with her son, Thomas, and has to leave university to live with their parents again. Though the relationship between the sisters is strained, they truly care for one another. Treena supports Lou’s plan to show Will the best in life, and continues to be a source of comfort for Lou throughout the novel.

Katrina (Treena) Clark Quotes in Me Before You

The Me Before You quotes below are all either spoken by Katrina (Treena) Clark or refer to Katrina (Treena) Clark. 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 Penguin edition of Me Before You published in 2016.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Treena was the reader. It was almost as if by picking up a book I felt like I was invading her patch. I thought about her and Thomas disappearing to the university and realized I still didn’t know whether it made me feel happy or sad – or something a bit complicated in between.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Katrina (Treena) Clark, Thomas Clark
Page Number: 90-91
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Chapter 17 Quotes

I thought of my parents, my sister with her big new life. Mine was to be the small life, my ambitions the petty ones. I glanced over at the maze, at its dark, dense box hedging. I was being ridiculous. Perhaps I had been behaving ridiculously for years. It was all over, after all. And I was moving on.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Katrina (Treena) Clark
Related Symbols: The Maze
Page Number: 269
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 20 Quotes

“Well, this is actual life or death, after all, and you’re locked into this man’s life every day, locked into his weird secret. That’s got to create a kind of false intimacy. Either that or you’re getting some weird Florence Nightingale complex.”

Related Characters: Katrina (Treena) Clark (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor
Page Number: 315
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 25 Quotes

I couldn’t imagine crying over anyone I’d been with. The only equivalent was if I thought about Thomas waiting to die in some strange country, and as soon as that thought came to mind it made something inside me actually flip over, it was so hideous. So I stuck that in the back of my mental filing cabinet too, under the drawer labeled: unthinkable.

Related Characters: Katrina (Treena) Clark (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor, Thomas Clark
Page Number: 383
Explanation and Analysis:

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Katrina (Treena) Clark Character Timeline in Me Before You

The timeline below shows where the character Katrina (Treena) Clark appears in Me Before You. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...house and her father (Bernard) plays with Thomas, the toddler son of Louisa’s younger sister Treena. Lou (Louisa) says hi to her mom and then sets about getting a glass of... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...knows that she is not dumb, but she has always felt inferior to her sister Katrina, who everyone calls Treena. Lou dresses in crazy colors and outlandish outfits, thinking that it’s... (full context)
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At home that night, Treena and Bernard speculate about how disabled this man will be. Josie is excited that Lou... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...the castle bus stop and calls her sister to complain how much Will hates her. Treena just reminds Lou that Will can’t be that bad once they get to know each... (full context)
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...her tiny room, though she usually can’t stand to spend time in the small space. Treena comes in and begs Lou not to quit. Treena needs Lou’s wages to care of... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Traynor house. Bernard finally respects Lou as a wage-earner in the family, while Patrick and Treena treat Lou exactly the same. Lou can’t get a read on how the Traynors think... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...her book of short stories, enjoying her foray back into reading after feeling as though Treena had taken over the academic world. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...job. She regrets that her family will think this is a selfish choice even though Treena was the one who selfishly added financial strain to the family by choosing to raise... (full context)
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When Lou walks in, Treena confronts her about selfishly leaving her job when the family needs money so badly. Lou... (full context)
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...jealous of her sister, from looks to brains, but realizes that she will always love Treena for her calm acceptance of Will’s end of life plan. Treena tells Lou to finally... (full context)
Chapter 10
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That afternoon, Treena and Lou stand in a cold field, waiting for Patrick to reach the end of... (full context)
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Lou’s family is more grateful for Lou’s wages than ever as Treena packs to leave for university. Lou starts to get annoyed with her sister for trying... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...Lou took advantage of her parent’s grief and distraction to stay out late partying with Treena, who was home from her first year at university. Lou dressed like a normal young... (full context)
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...show by going out drinking with her friends and some university boys. Lou blows off Treena to go with the boys to the maze in the castle and ends up alone... (full context)
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Lou and Treena never talked about the night that Treena led Lou out of the maze. Treena led... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...birthday. Lou declines, saying that her mom and dad are already planning a dinner. With Treena and Thomas at university, Josie needs the distraction to keep her busy. Patrick backs down,... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Lou begins to move her things to Treena’s bigger room. She redecorates and puts her Will calendar prominently on the wall. At work,... (full context)
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...for Will’s family. The dinner gets off to a beautiful start, and Lou even misses Treena and Thomas for once. Granddad enjoys his food sloppily while Lou feeds Will with her... (full context)
Chapter 14
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In mid-May, Treena and Thomas come home from university, both looking more mature. Treena decides that they will... (full context)
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...can get through to Will. She finds her parents sleeping on the couch so that Treena and Thomas can have their bigger bed. They insist that they are fine, and that... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...that no part of that night was her fault. Lou is taken aback, as even Treena had made her feel as if she was partly to blame for being so drunk... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...go back to Patrick’s flat after work, instead stopping by her parent’s house. Lou asks Treena’s advice about the possibility of retraining for a new career, but Treena is confused that... (full context)
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Treena and Lou get a drink at the pub, and Treena approves Lou’s holiday for Will.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...this flight is a big step for her as well as Will. Lou thinks about Treena’s unwavering support while she pulled this together. It is not until the plane actually lands... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Katrina takes over the story to describe Lou’s comatose state during the first three days after... (full context)
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The next day, Lou manages to come out of her room. Treena takes Lou and Thomas to go feed ducks at the castle pond, and Lou can’t... (full context)
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Treena gets Lou ready for her college interview and sends her off on the bus. At... (full context)
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The thirteenth of August arrives, the day of Will’s Dignitas appointment. Treena tries to convince Lou to come out of the house, but Lou only sits and... (full context)
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...the very sensitive William Traynor story. Lou slams the door in the reporter’s face and Treena tells everyone not to answer the door for anyone. The phone starts to ring too,... (full context)
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Around 7 pm, the reporters finally leave and Treena asks Lou to go give Thomas a bath so that Lou won’t be able to... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Lou narrates again and starts to throw her things in a bag for Switzerland. Treena offers to drive her to the airport but their parents are waiting in front of... (full context)
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Treena careens through the streets, babbling that Josie will come around just like she did when... (full context)
Epilogue
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...Paris, drinking a dark coffee and eating a croissant. Lou finishes reading a letter from Treena, which assures her that their mother will calm down soon. Lou then thinks of a... (full context)