The Stepford Wives

by

Ira Levin

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Dale Coba Character Analysis

Dale Coba is the president of the Men’s Association in Stepford. Joanna immediately dislikes him when she meets him, since he talks to her in an incredibly condescending manner—she can just tell he doesn’t value her as a human being. She eventually learns that Dale used to work at Disneyland, where he helped design very lifelike robots that looked, moved, and spoke like past presidents. Putting two and two together, Joanna realizes that Dale has applied this skill in Stepford by working with the other members of the Men’s Association to turn all of the women into robotic housewives.

Dale Coba Quotes in The Stepford Wives

The The Stepford Wives quotes below are all either spoken by Dale Coba or refer to Dale Coba. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

She was wrong, she knew it. She was wrong and frozen and wet and tired and hungry, and pulled eighteen ways by conflicting demands. Including to pee.

If they were killers, they’d have killed her then. The branch wouldn’t’ have stopped them, three men facing one woman.

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Bobbie would bleed. It was coincidence that Dale Coba had worked on robots at Disneyland, that Claude Axhelm thought he was Henry Higgins, that Ike Mazzard drew his flattering sketches. Coincidence, that she had spun into—into madness. Yes, madness.

Related Symbols: Ike Mazzard’s Drawings
Page Number: 115
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Dale Coba Character Timeline in The Stepford Wives

The timeline below shows where the character Dale Coba appears in The Stepford Wives. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Female Ambition vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
...he says that he’s sure she measured up just fine. There’s also a man named Dale Coba , the president of the Association. He gives Joanna a “disparag[ing]” look and thanks her... (full context)
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...other men seem uncomfortable and try to keep talking about various community projects. Eventually, though, Dale Coba —who has been resignedly staring at the ceiling for the whole conversation—looks down and compliments... (full context)
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When Joanna goes into the kitchen, Dale Coba follows her in. She asks why his friends call him “Diz,” and he explains that... (full context)
Chapter 2
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But the Stepford Women’s Club disbanded around the time Dale Coba and his wife moved to town from California, where—Joanna learns in a “Notes on Newcomers”—he... (full context)
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...have a lawyer contact him. She then tells him that she knows what he and Dale Coba —and everyone else in the Men’s Association—are up to: they’re turning their wives into robots.... (full context)
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...blocks her path, making it impossible for her to go downstairs. She asks him what Dale Coba and the other men do with their real wives once they create the robots—do they... (full context)
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...how to leave, she hears Walter dialing the phone downstairs and fears that he’s calling Dale Coba . She creeps to the top of the stairs and hears him say, “…not sure... (full context)
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...feels cold and tired now, and she thinks about how it’s clearly a coincidence that Dale Coba worked on the robots at Disneyland. She feels slightly embarrassed for descending into “madness,” and... (full context)