The Bath

by

Janet Frame

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The Parents Character Analysis

The woman’s parents are buried in the same cemetery as her husband. They have a large grave because they were buried back when the cemetery had more space, and their tombstone is elaborate, indicating their wealth. They are not mentioned in the story until the woman stops by their grave on her way home, but the widow feels fondly towards them and is grateful for their comfortable grave. Standing by their grave gives the woman a sensation of peace that she does not feel at any other point in the story.

The Parents Quotes in The Bath

The The Bath quotes below are all either spoken by The Parents or refer to The Parents. 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:
Loneliness and Death Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Cambridge University Press edition of The Bath published in 2018.
The Bath Quotes

There were no flowers on the grave, only the feathery sea-grass soft to the touch, lit with gold in the sun. There was no sound but the sound of the sea and the one row of fir trees on the brow of the hill. She felt the peace inside her; the nightmare of the evening before seemed far away, seemed not to have happened; the senseless terrifying struggle to get out of a bath!

Related Characters: The Woman, The Parents
Page Number: 321
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Parents Character Timeline in The Bath

The timeline below shows where the character The Parents appears in The Bath. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Bath
Struggle and Old Age Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Social Class Theme Icon
As she leaves the cemetery, the woman walks by her parents’ grave. It’s a roomier grave than her husband’s, as they had money for extra space... (full context)
Struggle and Old Age Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Social Class Theme Icon
The woman is thankful that her parents were able to have such a comfortable grave, unlike her husband, who was cremated. His... (full context)
Loneliness and Death Theme Icon
Struggle and Old Age Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Social Class Theme Icon
...remember the peace of the cemetery: the bright flowers on her husband’s grave, and her parents’ grave with so much room they could roll over if they wanted. But all she... (full context)