Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit


Jeanette Winterson

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Ida Character Analysis

A woman who, with her lesbian partner, runs the town paper shop. She and her partner are kind to Jeanette, and offer her sweets, but when Jeanette tells her mother that the women have invited her to the seaside for the weekend, Jeanette’s mother forbids her from returning to the shop. As Jeanette grows older, she and her mother run into Ida quite frequently, and Jeanette’s mother is just barely tolerant of Ida’s presence.
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Ida Character Timeline in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

The timeline below shows where the character Ida appears in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...her raincoat on and join her. On the bus downtown, they run into May and Ida, one of the women who runs the paper shop. Ida remarks on how grown up... (full context)
Storytelling, Fantasy, and Invention Theme Icon
Women and Womanhood Theme Icon
...time to go to a nearby pub, where they have plans to meet up with Ida and May. When Jeanette turns around, Melanie is gone. While Jeanette’s mother, Ida, and May... (full context)