Queenie’s aunt, who owns a candy shop in London. Through this relative, Queenie escapes the drudgery of her butchery and begins an exciting new life in the city. Aunt Dorothy encourages Queenie to marry Bernard because he’s educated and of a higher class, and can therefore provide security and respectability. However, despite her good intentions, she pushes her niece into a disastrously unfulfilling relationship.
Aunt Dorothy Quotes in Small Island
The Small Island quotes below are all either spoken by Aunt Dorothy or refer to Aunt Dorothy. 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 Picador edition of Small Island published in 2004.).
Chapter 24: Queenie Quotes
“The cheeky ones,” she told me, “will be Cockneys. You’ll want nothing to do with Cockneys, they’re all jellied eels and kneesups. No, that one’s a gentleman. No spivs or ne’erdowells ever read The Times.”
Aunt Dorothy Character Timeline in Small Island
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Dorothy appears in Small Island. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23: Queenie
Chapter 24: Queenie
...vein that always moves when he eats and his habit of “dithering over change.” However, Aunt Dorothy says he’s a “gentleman” and approves of him. Queenie wonders why courting girls seem so... (full context)