The Winslow Boy

by

Terence Rattigan

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Violet is the Winslows’ housemaid. She is a loyal servant to the family and is the first character that Ronnie reveals himself to in Act 1. Evidently, she has never been given proper training and has learned on the job. That’s why Grace is reluctant to let her go in order to free up finances for the case—she doesn’t think Violet will fare well anywhere else. She frequently—and unwittingly—plays the role of information-provider, for example accidentally giving away that Ronnie is home early. She’s also one of the only members of the household who is actually in court to witness the unexpectedly sudden victory.

Violet Quotes in The Winslow Boy

The The Winslow Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Violet or refer to Violet. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Nick Hern Books edition of The Winslow Boy published in 2000.
Act 4 Quotes

ARTHUR: It would appear, then, that we’ve won.

CATHERINE: Yes, Father, it would appear that we’ve won.

Related Characters: Arthur Winslow (speaker), Catherine Winslow (speaker), Ronnie Winslow, Violet
Page Number: 90
Explanation and Analysis:
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Violet Character Timeline in The Winslow Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Violet appears in The Winslow Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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The Winslow maid, Violet, enters the room and is shocked to see Ronnie standing there. She tells him that... (full context)
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John is shown into the room by Violet. He’s a well-dressed man of about thirty. He and Arthur have a very formal exchange... (full context)
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...by asking Desmond how his cricket match went the day before. Desmond congratulates the engaged couple—Violet told him the news as he came in. (full context)
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Arthur calls Violet and asks her to bring glasses so they can toast the engagement. He pours out... (full context)
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Arthur tells Violet that Ronnie isn’t due back for another couple of days, but she says she’s seen... (full context)
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Arthur tells Violet to fetch Ronnie from upstairs. Grace protests that he is in bed, but Arthur insists... (full context)
Act 2 
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Violet comes in with a copy of The Star newspaper. She asks Dickie and Catherine not... (full context)
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Violet appears at the door and announces the arrival of Miss Barnes, a journalist from the... (full context)
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...been on. He knocks Arthur’s leg, which Arthur complains about. Ronnie exits, excited to find Violet. (full context)
Act 3
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Violet comes in, informing Arthur that there are three reporters waiting in the hall. He instructs... (full context)
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...to her that he thinks this is a good time for her to talk to Violet about relieving her of her duties. He says delaying it only adds to Grace’s worries—she... (full context)
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Arthur says it’s best they let Violet go and explain that it’s too expensive to keep her. Grace is hesitant because Violet... (full context)
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Violet comes in with sandwiches and a new letter for Arthur. He asks her how long... (full context)
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Violet leaves, greeting Catherine who has just come back from watching the parliamentary debate. She updates... (full context)
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...Sir Robert is “a fish, a hard, cold-blooded, supercilious, sneering fish.” At that very moment, Violet enters announcing the arrival of Sir Robert—Catherine almost chokes on her sandwich. Sir Robert assists... (full context)
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Violet comes to the door, saying that John has arrived asking to speak privately with Catherine.... (full context)
Act 4
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...and a stiff collar. He shouts for Grace, and receiving no reply also shouts for Violet. (full context)
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...asks Grace if his lunch is ready. She’s made him salad as the cook and Violet are at the trial. Dickie says he thought Violet was going to be dismissed, but... (full context)
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Violet bursts into the room with a big smile on her face. Apparently just after lunch—when... (full context)
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Violet says to Arthur that he must be pleased—she’d always said it would work out. He... (full context)
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Violet exits the room. Arthur says to Catherine that it appears they’ve won. She breaks down... (full context)
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Violet enters again, announcing the arrival of Sir Robert. He walks into the room “calmly and... (full context)
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...says the handwriting expert had been discredited and that that had won them the case. Violet comes back in and tells Arthur that the reporters at the front door would like... (full context)
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...so anti-emotion, Catherine follows up, then why did he weep in court earlier? He suspects Violet of telling her and says it will be all over the papers tomorrow. He grudgingly... (full context)