Cathy is Rachel’s roommate and longtime friend since their university days. Niceness, Rachel believes, is Cathy’s defining quality—no matter how many times Rachel gets into trouble or makes a drunken mess, she feels that Cathy will always accept her as she is. As Rachel descends deeper and deeper into her struggles with alcoholism, however, Cathy takes a stand. She serves Rachel with a formal eviction notice (though she later rescinds it) and becomes determined to help Rachel stop drinking, find a new job, and get back on her feet. Cathy’s faith in Rachel’s capacity for change and self-improvement never wavers, and her generosity and patience toward Rachel are seemingly boundless.
Cathy Quotes in The Girl on the Train
The The Girl on the Train quotes below are all either spoken by Cathy or refer to Cathy. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of The Girl on the Train published in 2015.).
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"Honestly, Rachel, I don't understand how you could have kept this up for so long."
I shrug. "ln the morning, I take the 8:04, and in the evening, I come back on the 5:55. That's my train. It's the one I take. That's the way it is."
Cathy Character Timeline in The Girl on the Train
The timeline below shows where the character Cathy appears in The Girl on the Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...gained weight, and her face has grown puffy from drinking. One night recently, she overheard Cathy and Cathy’s boyfriend Damien discussing the possibility of trying to set Rachel up with a... (full context)
...to call him with any further information. Before leaving, Gaskill asked where Rachel worked. Because Cathy was in the room, Rachel lied about still being employed by the public relations firm... (full context)
...from a dream in which she is being pursued through the woods. She can hear Cathy cleaning. Rachel has not left her room since Thursday—yet she vows that, starting tomorrow, she’ll... (full context)