The English Patient

by

Michael Ondaatje

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Lord Suffolk Character Analysis

An “eccentric” bomb expert in the British army and Kip’s mentor. Lord Suffolk is a member of “the Holy Trinity” team along with his secretary, Miss Morden, and his chauffer, Mr. Harts, and they travel England diffusing bombs dropped by the Germans. Lord Suffolk accepts Kip into his elite unit, and the two quickly become close. To Kip, Lord Suffolk represents the absolute best of Britain, and Kip looks up to him as a sort of father figure. Lord Suffolk is killed in Erith with the rest of the Holy Trinity when a “trick” bomb explodes.

Lord Suffolk Quotes in The English Patient

The The English Patient quotes below are all either spoken by Lord Suffolk or refer to Lord Suffolk. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The English Patient published in 1993.
Chapter VII Quotes

He looked back at the others, peered around the room and caught the gaze of the middle-aged secretary. She watched him sternly. An Indian boy. He smiled and walked towards the bookshelves. Again he touched nothing. At one point he put his nose close to a volume called Raymond, or Life and Death by Sir Oliver Hodge. He found another, similar title. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. He turned and caught the woman’s eyes on him again. He felt as guilty as if he had put the book in his pocket. She had probably never seen a turban before. The English! They expect you to fight for them but won’t talk to you. Singh. And the ambiguities.

Related Characters: Kip/Kirpal Singh, Lord Suffolk, Miss Morden
Related Symbols: Books , Kip’s Turban
Page Number: 187-8
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Lord Suffolk Character Timeline in The English Patient

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Suffolk appears in The English Patient. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter III. Sometime a Fire
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...Kip is only really at ease with men like the English patient and Kip’s mentor, Lord Suffolk . (full context)
Chapter VI. A Buried Plane
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...diffusing bombs all over Europe. The English patient claims that Kip’s teacher must have been Lord Suffolk , and Kip confirms that he was. Lord Suffolk, along with his secretary, Miss Morden,... (full context)
Chapter VII. In Situ
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In 1940, Kip was in Westbury, England, with Lord Suffolk , Miss Morden, and Mr. Fred Harts. Kip was fond of Miss Morden, and she... (full context)
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Lord Suffolk was the best of the English,” Kip tells Hana. While in England, Kip quickly found... (full context)
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When Kip had first applied to Lord Suffolk ’s bomb unit, he was led into a library for testing with 15 other men,... (full context)
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When Lord Suffolk finally arrived at the library, the testing for the bomb unit began. Kip breezed through... (full context)
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Kip traveled England with Lord Suffolk , Miss Morden, Mr. Harts—“the Holy Trinity”—and five other sappers. After Kip had been in... (full context)
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...Kip tells Hana. He was lucky to have figured it out, but he had loved Lord Suffolk , and he now carried more of Lord Suffolk’s knowledge than any other sapper. Kip... (full context)
Chapter VIII. The Holy Forest
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...once considered himself. He spends most of his time with Englishmen, thinking about England or Lord Suffolk . Kip does not carry a mirror, and he wraps his turban each day without... (full context)