A girl from church with whom Jeanette has a love affair one year after her relationship with Melanie ends. Katy and Jeanette have a sexual relationship for several years before they are found out, at which point Jeanette decides to take all the blame so that Katy is not subjected, like Jeanette was, to a torturous exorcism. Jeanette describes Katy, who is nearly as spiritual and devoted as she herself is, as her “most uncomplicated love affair,” and Katy’s relationship to Jeanette ties in with the novel’s themes of women and womanhood, as well as religion and control.
Katy Character Timeline in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The timeline below shows where the character Katy appears in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...with great seriousness and devotion. Meanwhile, Jeanette is teaching a Bible study class of which Katy is a “lively” member. Jeanette is nervous around Katy, but notes that she hasn’t seen... (full context)
...Jeanette remains close-mouthed, not wanting to tell her anything about her new love affair with Katy. That afternoon, as Melanie’s fiancé prepares to drive her away to his parents’ house, he... (full context)
...and says that after months and months of heart-rending correspondence with Melanie, Jeanette had begged Katy to help her arrange a meeting with Melanie in Morecambe. Jeanette’s mother’s friend believes her,... (full context)