The Happiest Refugee

by

Anh Do

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Suzie Character Analysis

Wife to Anh, and mother of Xavier, Luc and Leon, the three boys she has with Anh. Suzie, blonde and beautiful, is Anh’s fellow student in law school in Sydney. She comes from a wealthy family that lives in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in the city. Suzie doesn’t immediately reciprocate the feelings that Anh has for her. Eventually, however, she also falls in love with him, and they get married. While she works as a lawyer for a time after her marriage to Anh, she eventually leaves law to pursue her passion for writing and photography. She is very popular with Anh’s family, who like to feed her all kinds of strange Vietnamese dishes. Her husband Anh is very much in love with her.

Suzie Quotes in The Happiest Refugee

The The Happiest Refugee quotes below are all either spoken by Suzie or refer to Suzie. 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 Allen & Unwin edition of The Happiest Refugee published in 2010.
Chapter 8 Quotes

I turned to sneak another look. She was chatting to a girl, and then she turned in my direction again and smiled. I don’t really believe in love at first sight, but if it does exist then I had just been made a victim. I was smitten.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Suzie
Page Number: 111
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Chapter 9 Quotes

I realised that, when he wasn’t drunk, this guy was indeed the most wonderful dad in the world. Somehow, during the past eight years I had managed to block out all the good memories and focused solely on what he’d done wrong. I realised I still very much loved this laughing, beautiful, terribly flawed man.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Tam / Anh’s Father, Suzie
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 12 Quotes

I look across the water and am mesmerised by the beauty of this magnificent setting. My parents set off on a boat trip many years ago to provide their children and grandchildren a better life. And here we are, thanks to them, enjoying this perfect day. In that moment I know I am happy. I look up to the blue sky and give thanks.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Anh’s Mother, Suzie, Xavier, Luc, Leon
Related Symbols: The Journey
Page Number: 229
Explanation and Analysis:
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Suzie Character Timeline in The Happiest Refugee

The timeline below shows where the character Suzie appears in The Happiest Refugee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...locks eyes with a beautiful blonde girl, and he is immediately smitten. Her name is Suzie. They become fast friends. When he confesses his feelings to her, however, she tells him... (full context)
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...is art. He begins dating girls in art school, but his heart is still with Suzie. Every time he hints at his feelings, however, she rejects him, telling him they can... (full context)
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As he cycles through various girlfriends, Anh remains good friends with Suzie, whom he often turns to for relationship advice. In the meantime, he continues running the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Anh continues seeing Suzie in his law classes. He is happy when she comes to his defense one day... (full context)
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Anh calls up Suzie one day and discovers that she has recently broken up with a boyfriend. They go... (full context)
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Three months into his relationship with Suzie, Anh realizes that he’s very happy, and remembers his father’s advice that if he finds... (full context)
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...not quite right. He returns a month later to visit his father, this time taking Suzie along. When they arrive, they find that Tam has prepared a massive seafood banquet for... (full context)
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Anh and Suzie go shopping for an engagement ring. The couple decides to have a big engagement party... (full context)
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...their families after their engagement, cultural differences begin to emerge. Anh’s family likes to subject Suzie to all kinds of elaborate and strange Vietnamese dishes, which she dutifully eats. Anh, for... (full context)
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Anh and Suzie celebrate their wedding day in the school chapel of St. Aloysius, his old school, with... (full context)
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Anh and Suzie move into a flat in north Sydney. Suzie works as a lawyer while Anh continues... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Anh travels around Australia to for his comedy gigs. He is accompanied by Suzie, who has quit her law job to pursue writing and photography. At times, Anh has... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Throughout these successes, Anh continues to enjoy above all the company of his family—his wife Suzie and the three boys they have had together. His ties and bonds to his Vietnamese... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...trip to a Bobbin National Park with his children Xavier, Luc, and Leon, his wife Suzie, and his mother. It’s a beautiful day, with perfect weather. On the boat, his son... (full context)