The Fifth Child

by

Doris Lessing

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Bridget Character Analysis

David's younger cousin. She grew up in a complicated family situation, and initially admires and enjoys the Lovatt's big family and loving family life. However, after Ben is born she is the first to question the way that Harriet and David both lock him away while saying he is totally fine, and she never returns to the Lovatt's house.
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Bridget Character Timeline in The Fifth Child

The timeline below shows where the character Bridget appears in The Fifth Child. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Pages 3 – 33
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...why he wants to spend time with them if that’s the case. David’s young cousin, Bridget, the product of a complicated family life, says she hopes for the same type of... (full context)
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The family visits again for summer. Bridget is present again, soaking in the idyllic atmosphere of the family, and David and Harriet... (full context)
Pages 33 – 74
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...David insists that Harriet exaggerates everything and hopes that they might align themselves again. Cousin Bridget visits at Easter and inquires as to what it is that’s wrong with Ben, and... (full context)