Lovell Roberts’ cousin who takes Hortense in. He is married to Martha Roberts, and the two have a son named Michael. Philip is a wealthy and respected landowner, but at home, he is ill-tempered, dogmatically religious, and ignorant, forcing the rest of the family to be silent at dinner while he pontificates. Hortense is terrified of him.
Philip Roberts Character Timeline in Small Island
The timeline below shows where the character Philip Roberts appears in Small Island. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Hortense
...voice and stylish clothes, and he shakes his father’s hand like an equal. After dinner, Mr. Philip begins to read from the Bible as usual, but Michael interrupts him, saying that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 4: Hortense
...Savannah-La-Mar to attend teacher-training college in Kingston, catching a bumpy ride in the newspaper’s van. Mr. Philip and Miss Ma are completely indifferent to her departure; they seem to have forgotten that... (full context)