“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman

by

Harlan Ellison

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Pretty Alice Character Analysis

Pretty Alice is the Harlequin’s girlfriend, and is in some ways representative of an average citizen in the Harlequin’s world. While she appears to feel affection for the Harlequin, she is also frustrated by his idiosyncrasies, in particular his habitual tardiness and his inflected speech. Later in the story, the Ticktockman implies that Pretty Alice has turned the Harlequin in, indicating that she values herself and the orderliness of the system that she is a part of over her relationship with the Harlequin.
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Pretty Alice Character Timeline in “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman

The timeline below shows where the character Pretty Alice appears in “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman
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The Power of Anonymity Theme Icon
...Harlequin, whose real name is Everett C. Marm, discusses his wanted status with his girlfriend, Pretty Alice . Pretty Alice is frustrated with his habitual lateness and his mannerisms, and they get... (full context)