In the yellow notebook, Patricia Brent is the conservative “editress” at the Women at Home magazine where Ella works. Brent worked at “one of the big smart woman’s magazines” but had to leave because she had no concept of fashion or culture. She takes pride in treating people she disagrees with fairly, and since her husband left her 11 years before, she consistently speaks about men with a “gallant, good-natured, wisecracking cynicism.” She eventually becomes Dr West’s mistress, and Ella fears becoming like her: at once resigned to never finding love and exceedingly reverential to men who end up mistreating her. Patricia Brent demonstrates the self-punishing resignation of women who are left behind by men but cannot conceive themselves as valuable outside their romantic relationships.
Patricia Brent Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook
The timeline below shows where the character Patricia Brent appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...and tells her about his “formidably pretty, intelligent and talented” fiancée, Elise. Ella knows that Patricia would love if she bought the story Comment J’ai fui un Grand Amour from Monsieur... (full context)
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...and decision to stop having sex. She worries that her own bitterness will turn into Patricia Brent’s joking criticism of men; Julia’s “is turning rapidly into a corroding contempt.” Ella thinks... (full context)