Spies

by

Michael Frayn

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Miss Durrant Character Analysis

The deceased previous tenant of Braemar, the house that stood between No. 3 (the Pinchers) and No. 4 (the Geests) and which was bombed by a stray German bomb. Stephen speculates that Miss Durrant was bombed because she discovered Keith’s mother’s secret. It is in Miss Durrant’s privet bushes that Stephen and Keith make their hideout.
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Miss Durrant Character Timeline in Spies

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Durrant appears in Spies. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Memory and the Self Theme Icon
Imagination vs. Reality Theme Icon
War, Paranoia, and Belonging Theme Icon
Secrecy Theme Icon
...to figure out the smell’s source, and he stops at No. 4, the remnants of Miss Durrant ’s house, which used to be called “Braemar” and was destroyed by a German bomb.... (full context)
Chapter 3
Class Difference and Social Status Theme Icon
Imagination vs. Reality Theme Icon
War, Paranoia, and Belonging Theme Icon
...mother sends so many letters. He also believes that it explains why, of all houses, Miss Durrant ’s house was bombed. If she had figured out Keith’s mother’s secret, Keith’s mother could... (full context)
Imagination vs. Reality Theme Icon
War, Paranoia, and Belonging Theme Icon
...and Keith go to their secret hiding spot in the privet shrubs at Braemar ( Miss Durrant ’s house) while Stephen waits for Keith’s next instructions. Stephen notes how he feels more... (full context)
Imagination vs. Reality Theme Icon
War, Paranoia, and Belonging Theme Icon
Secrecy Theme Icon
...in the bushes. The trunk, like the items in it, came from the rubble of Miss Durrant ’s bombed house. From the trunk Keith then takes the boys’ most secret and prized... (full context)