The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Teresa Character Analysis

Arriving the day after Thomas, Teresa is the only girl to have ever come to the Glade. Most of the Gladers catcall and insult her because she is a girl, but she challenges their sexist attitudes by proving herself to be a self-confident, bold, and capable young woman. Able to take any of the boys in a fight and not afraid to speak her mind, she becomes a close friend and ally to Thomas. She and Thomas can also communicate telepathically. Although she too has no memories, Teresa suggests that their telepathy may be the result of a close, possibly romantic relationship that they had shared prior to their arrival in the Glade.

Teresa Quotes in The Maze Runner

The The Maze Runner quotes below are all either spoken by Teresa or refer to Teresa. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Delacorte Press edition of The Maze Runner published in 2009.
Chapter 8 Quotes

Newt looked down in the Box one more time, then faced the crowd, gravely. “It’s a girl,” he said. Everyone started talking at once; Thomas only caught pieces here and there. “A girl?” “I got dibs!” “What’s she look like?” “How old is she?”

Related Characters: Newt (speaker), Thomas, Teresa
Page Number: 54
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Chapter 36 Quotes

“I remember remembering,” she muttered, sitting down with a heavy sigh; she pulled her legs up to wrap her arms around her knees. “Feelings. Emotions. Like I have all these shelves in my head, labeled for memories and faces, but they’re empty. As if everything before this is just on the other side of a white curtain. Including you.”

Related Characters: Teresa (speaker), Thomas
Page Number: 234
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“Congrats, Jeff,” Newt said. “You’re officially the first guy here to get your butt beat by a girl.”

Teresa didn’t stop. “Keep talking like that and you’ll be next.”

Related Characters: Teresa (speaker), Newt (speaker), Jeff
Page Number: 238
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Chapter 48 Quotes

Thomas shook his head. “No, you don’t get it. They’re weeding us out, seeing if we’ll give up, finding the best of us. Throwing variables at us, trying to make us quit. Testing our ability to hope and fight. Sending Teresa here and shutting everything down was only the last part, one more...final analysis. Now it’s time for the last test. To escape.”

Related Characters: Thomas (speaker), Teresa, Newt
Page Number: 301
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Chapter 62 Quotes

He died saving you, Teresa said. He made the choice himself. Just don’t ever waste it.

Related Characters: Teresa (speaker), Thomas, Chuck
Page Number: 371
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Teresa Character Timeline in The Maze Runner

The timeline below shows where the character Teresa appears in The Maze Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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...which he despises. His desire to be a Runner is mixed with strong emotions about the girl who arrived in the Box, but he doesn’t yet know why. (full context)
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At lunch, Newt is distraught and tells Thomas that the girl is still in coma. Newt says that the girl is saying “weird stuff” in her... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...he feels like she looks familiar and then hears a girl’s voice say the name “Teresa” in his head. After telling Newt what he heard, Newt says that Thomas must have... (full context)
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...the last ones and that she won’t remember anything by the time she wakes up. Teresa says that they can pass the Trials and that they sent her as a trigger.... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...he feels exhausted with this new life already. Right before he falls asleep, he hears Teresa’s voice in his head, saying “Tom, I just triggered the Ending.” (full context)
Chapter 34
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...next to Thomas and says the sky looks like a grey ceiling. The memory of Teresa’s warning from the last night creeps into his head and he worries that the sun’s... (full context)
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...decides not to for fear for fear that the Gladers will think that he and Teresa are working for the Creators. (full context)
Chapter 35
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...comes running to them to tell them that the girl is awake. Thomas then hears Teresa in his head saying that she needs to tell him things before her memories fade.... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Not wanting to confront Teresa, Thomas runs into the graveyard to find seclusion. When he settles in there, he hears... (full context)
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Teresa asks if he remembers her and he says that although he can’t explain it, she... (full context)
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Newt, Alby, and a Med-Jack named Jeff come into the graveyard. Newt asks how Teresa got to the graveyard and she responds that Jeff must not have mentioned how she... (full context)
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Alby demands to know from Thomas why Teresa came to him. Thomas says that they must have known each other before arriving in... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Despite Thomas’ protestation, Alby has Teresa brought to jail for triggering the changes. Thomas tries to defend her but Alby says... (full context)
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...that they can keep from panicking. Thomas goes to see Newt and convinces him that Teresa is innocent. Newt says that if they can survive the night, then he’ll consider having... (full context)
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Thomas visits Teresa in the jail. She tells him that she’s afraid of the Grievers. Thomas says that... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...the Map Room. Minho and Newt go to investigate while Thomas goes to check on Teresa. (full context)
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In the jail, Teresa tells Thomas that she’s been sleeping this whole time. They discuss what she meant by... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...Minho and Newt they need to come with him to the Slammer because he and Teresa may know how to solve the Maze. (full context)
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At the Slammer, Thomas pleads for Teresa’s release, convincing them that she had no control over triggering the end. Desperate and in... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Thomas, Newt, Minho, and Teresa trace more days and stack them together in the way Thomas showed them. After some... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...run through the Maze, they notice the walls hadn’t changed at all the previous night. Teresa’s voice comes into Thomas’ head, saying that they’ve been making progress with the code. Thomas... (full context)
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As they talk, Thomas tells her he’s getting a headache from the mental strain. Teresa says she gets them too when they telepathically communicate for longer than a few minutes.... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...met. Minho is discouraged and runs off to the Homestead. Thomas initiates a conversation with Teresa and she says that they’ve gotten all the code words and that he should come... (full context)
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When Thomas arrives Teresa shows him the message: FLOAT. CATCH. BLEED. DEATH. STIFF. PUSH. After PUSH, the Maze gives... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...house, and take a boy named Dave. As they run off, Thomas follows them despite Teresa and Newt’s protestation. When Thomas attacks the Griever holding Dave, the rest of the pack... (full context)
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Chuck, Teresa and Newt find Thomas lying in the grass, barely consciousness. They carry him back into... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...tells Chuck to get Newt so that they can call a Gathering. Then he contacts Teresa in his head and tells her that he remembers more now. Thomas says they’ve done... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Thomas admits that he and Teresa helped design the Maze. He says he doesn’t know why the Creators picked them to... (full context)
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Newt tells the group that the Creators are their enemy, not Thomas and Teresa. Minho agrees and encourages Thomas to tell the Keepers his plan for escape. Thomas says... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...in the Glade. Thomas says that no matter what the Keepers decide, he, Minho, and Teresa will fight their way to the Griever Hole and punch in the code. Thomas then... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Thomas telepathically communicates with Teresa and tells her to meet him at the Box. When they meet, he tells her... (full context)
Chapter 53
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After the Gathering ends, Newt meets up with Thomas and Teresa at the Box. Newt tells them that all the Keepers agreed to Thomas’ plan. Although... (full context)
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...secretly hoping that they won’t be the one killed by the Grievers. Before the fight, Teresa and Thomas go into the graveyard to speak privately. Once there, they decide that if... (full context)
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Teresa asks Thomas what he thinks the phrase she wrote on her arm, “WICKED is good,”... (full context)
Chapter 54
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As the Gladers run toward the Maze, Thomas notices Chuck and Teresa running beside him with spears in their hands. Thomas feels an overwhelming sense of fear... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...is right, Newt tells the Gladers that their main priority is to protect Thomas and Teresa so that they can make it to the Hole. As Newt is speaking, the Grievers... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...then more Keepers followed by the Gladers try to clear a path for Thomas and Teresa. Chuck tries to help the Gladers but Thomas pulls him close. Not wanting Chuck to... (full context)
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...can’t stop to help, that he has to keep running to the Hole. He and Teresa both get slashed by the Grievers and Chuck almost gets taken by one of them.... (full context)
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Teresa jumps in and then Thomas helps Chuck make the jump. As he helps Chuck into... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...They walk down a short tunnel where they find at its end a computer. As Teresa types in the code, a Griever jumps through the Hole. Thomas uses his spear to... (full context)
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Teresa says the computer won’t let her enter the last word, “PUSH.” Before Thomas can come... (full context)
Chapter 58
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...down Grievers suck their instruments into their skin and turn off their lights. Thomas and Teresa cheer Chuck for finding the button. Minho then jumps into the Hole, followed by Newt,... (full context)
Chapter 62
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Before falling to sleep, Thomas talks to Teresa in his head. She tells him she’s sorry about Chuck. He begins to explain the... (full context)