The Talented Mr. Ripley


Patricia Highsmith

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Cleo Dobelle Character Analysis

One of Tom’s friends in New York, a painter of miniatures who lives in her parents’ large home on the Upper East Side. Though Tom and Cleo are close and have “taken to each other from the very first night,” there are no sexual or romantic undertones between the two of them.
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Cleo Dobelle Character Timeline in The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Chapter 4
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...of his plans either. “The only friend he feels like telling” is a woman named Cleo Dobelle , a painter who lives “in her own suite of rooms” in her parents’ home.... (full context)