Playing Beatie Bow

by

Ruth Park

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Dorothea “Doll” Victoria Brand Character Analysis

A sickly prostitute at the whorehouse, with whom Abigail is locked in the attic for a time. Doll tells Abigail her sad story as she coughs up blood and gets drunk on gin, and Abigail fears that she will wind up like Doll one day. Despite the grotesque sadness of her story, Doll reveals that Hannah—the madam and her own aunt—put her to work rather than letting her starve after the death of her parents, and for that she is grateful.
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Dorothea “Doll” Victoria Brand Character Timeline in Playing Beatie Bow

The timeline below shows where the character Dorothea “Doll” Victoria Brand appears in Playing Beatie Bow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Family, Duty, and Connection Theme Icon
...bread, but one of the other women advises her not to eat it, calling her Doll. Abigail, paralyzed by terror, imagines herself in twenty years’ time as Doll herself, worn out... (full context)
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...Abigail that she goes by Maude, as the name sounds more “posh.” Maude then tells Doll that the lamps have been lit—it’s time to get on the streets. Doll begins to... (full context)
Family, Duty, and Connection Theme Icon
Time and the Past Theme Icon
...unbound from the kerchief that holds them—after half an hour, she succeeds. As she works, Doll tells Abigail her sad story. (full context)
Family, Duty, and Connection Theme Icon
Time and the Past Theme Icon
Doll was born Dorothea Victoria Brand in an ill-educated but still respectable family. Doll attended school... (full context)
Family, Duty, and Connection Theme Icon
Doll is in a stupor or a trance as she tells her story, and Abigail takes... (full context)