The Way Up to Heaven

by

Roald Dahl

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Their Daughter (Ellen) Character Analysis

Ellen is Mr. and Mrs. Foster’s only daughter who married a Frenchman and relocated to Paris where she had three children. The Fosters have never met their grandchildren, although Ellen often sends photographs and Mrs. Foster often sends packages, which makes it seem that Ellen and her mother (though not her indifferent father) are close. In the story, Mrs. Foster makes the trip to Paris to visit Ellen and has a marvelous time, implying that she may relocate to be with her daughter once her husband is out of the picture.
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Their Daughter (Ellen) Character Timeline in The Way Up to Heaven

The timeline below shows where the character Their Daughter (Ellen) appears in The Way Up to Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Mrs. Foster is headed to Paris to visit her daughter and finally meet her grandchildren of whom she has only seen pictures. It took her... (full context)
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...small gift, a white paper box that he wanted Mrs. Foster to give to their daughter. He doesn’t find it in his jacket and concludes he must have left in the... (full context)