A mentally ill Jamaican woman. Appearing only once in the novel, Celia’s mother embarrasses Celia and Hortense at a parade by appearing in a ridiculous outfit and accosting a random soldier, mistakenly believing him to be Celia’s father. To Celia, who wants to become a proper and “civilized” British schoolteacher, her mother is a liability. However, Celia still behaves tenderly towards her mother and helps her home even after her public humiliation.
Celia’s mother Character Timeline in Small Island
The timeline below shows where the character Celia’s mother appears in Small Island. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Hortense
Chapter 6: Hortense
Feeling angry and left out, Hortense reminds Celia innocently that she’ll have to take her mother as well. When Celia says nothing, Hortense explains that Celia’s mother is “quite mad,” citing... (full context)