Ivor is a gay Welsh student who rents out the extra room in Anna’s flat. He is reclusive until after Tommy’s suicide attempt, when he becomes something of a surrogate father to Janet, and his lover Ronnie moves into the apartment. While Anna appreciates his help with Janet, she worries that his influence is harmful because he is not “a real man.” Although he returns to his previous isolation after Ronnie leaves, Anna eventually evicts him, too, hitting him in the face with the flowers he offers her. Anna’s attitudes toward Ivor reveal her contradictory sense that “real” heterosexual love requires tension and conflict, and that masculinity is about the kind of insensitivity and power that she loves in Michael and Saul.
Ivor Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook
The timeline below shows where the character Ivor appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Free Women: 3
...braver than giving up alcohol altogether—and Anna mentions that she has just seen Richard as Ivor finishes his story for Janet upstairs. Marion looks like “an abundant, happy, lively matron.” (full context)
...over the lotion, and Ronnie leaves for the bedroom. On her way upstairs, Anna hears Ivor and Ronnie announce, “Fat buttocky cows…” and “Sagging sweaty breasts…” from their room, then make... (full context)
Free Women: 4
The Notebooks: 4