Nicknamed “Pumpkin” by Sayuri because of her round head, Pumpkin grows up with Sayuri in the okiya. Compassionate but a little slow-witted, Pumpkin struggles to make it as a geisha. With Hatsumomo as her mentor, she also absorbs some of Hatsumomo’s vicious cruelty. After spending some hard years as a prostitute during World War Two, Pumpkin tries to sabotage Sayuri’s relationship with the Chairman in order to get back at Sayuri for succeeding where she herself failed.
Pumpkin Quotes in Memoirs of a Geisha
The Memoirs of a Geisha quotes below are all either spoken by Pumpkin or refer to Pumpkin. 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 Memoirs of a Geisha published in 1999.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
“I’ve found a place to spend my life. I'll work as hard as I have to so they don't send me away. But I'd sooner throw myself off a cliff than spoil my chances to be a geisha like Hatsumomo.”
Pumpkin Character Timeline in Memoirs of a Geisha
The timeline below shows where the character Pumpkin appears in Memoirs of a Geisha. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...if she hopes to ever turn Chiyo into a successful geisha. Hatsumomo even says that Pumpkin, who is Hatsumomo’s younger sister, will be a better geisha after she has “sharpened her... (full context)
...upcoming spring Kyoto dance performance. Mameha says that Hatsumomo hoped the role would go to Pumpkin. Mameha says she is willing to stake her reputation on Sayuri’s honor, and that the... (full context)
...come to her next party with Sato. Mameha agrees, and also suggests that Sayuri bring Pumpkin. Though Sayuri hasn’t seen Pumpkin since before the war, Sayuri thinks of her often, feeling... (full context)