Cathleen is Maurya’s older daughter, about twenty years old. She has stepped up as the most capable woman in the household, since Maurya’s age and sorrow have broken much of her mother’s spirit. With most of her brothers gone, Cathleen is prepared to take on more responsibility at home, but she still firmly believes in traditional gender roles, such as Bartley’s duty as a young man to go on the sea.
Cathleen Quotes in Riders to the Sea
The Riders to the Sea quotes below are all either spoken by Cathleen or refer to Cathleen. 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 Dover Publications edition of Riders to the Sea published in 1993.).
Act 1 Quotes
It’s the life of a young man to be going on the sea, and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over?
Cathleen Character Timeline in Riders to the Sea
The timeline below shows where the character Cathleen appears in Riders to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Ireland, opens on a kitchen inside a cottage filled with nets, oil-skins, and cooking tools. Cathleen, a girl around twenty years old, is kneading dough and spinning thread when Nora, her... (full context)