Helen is the Hallorans’ only daughter, and she lives right next to the Hallorans in a house they built for her. Cheever implies that Helen is close with her parents, both personally and financially. As a result of her husband, Eric Sachs, having health issues, they don’t keep alcohol in the house, which frustrates Neddy when he needs a drink. Neddy isn’t really interested in Helen’s company, which he demonstrates by leaving them with an insincere and vague invitation to get together.
Helen Character Timeline in The Swimmer
The timeline below shows where the character Helen appears in The Swimmer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.