The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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Judah Lewis Character Analysis

Judah (or “Jude”) is Lo’s boyfriend, 35 years old and originally from Brooklyn, New York. He works as a foreign correspondent and travels a lot. Jude wants his relationship with Lo to move forward and has spent most of the past year waiting for her to agree to move in with him, even putting a job opportunity on hold. When she’s traumatized from a burglary at her flat, Lo mistakenly attacks Judah with a lamp and breaks his tooth; they also argue over their relationship before Lo leaves for the Aurora cruise. However, Jude worries about Lo’s lack of contact during the cruise and raises the alarm about her disappearance before anyone else does. After Lo escapes Norway, they’re joyfully reunited, and Lo agrees to move to New York with him.

Judah Lewis Quotes in The Woman in Cabin 10

The The Woman in Cabin 10 quotes below are all either spoken by Judah Lewis or refer to Judah Lewis. 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 Scout Press edition of The Woman in Cabin 10 published in 2016.
Chapter 37 Quotes

I thought of Carrie’s terror, of the bruises on her body, of her belief that she would never escape Richard. She had been right. Judah said nothing, and I could not see his expression in the dark, but I felt his silent disagreement.

“What,” I demanded, “you don’t believe me? You don’t think people can be sucked into doing something out of fear, or inability to see any other way out?”

“No, it’s not that,” Judah said slowly. “I believe that […] But you can’t tell me that you’d do that to another person, no matter how tough things seemed—lock them up like that, imprison them—no matter how scared you were.”

“I don’t know,” I said. I thought of Carrie, of how brave she had been, and how fragile. I thought of the masks she wore to hide the terror and loneliness inside.

Page Number: 333-334
Explanation and Analysis:

“I think I lost sight of what I wanted. I don’t want to end up like Tina and Alexander, traveling from country to country and only seeing five-star hotels and Michelin restaurants. Yes, Rowan’s been to half the luxury resorts in the Caribbean, but in return she spends her life reporting the stories that people like Bullmer want her to tell, and I don’t want that, not anymore. I want to write about the things people don’t want you to know. And if I’m going to start pulling my way up from the bottom again, well, I can freelance from anywhere.”

Page Number: 335
Explanation and Analysis:
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Judah Lewis Character Timeline in The Woman in Cabin 10

The timeline below shows where the character Judah Lewis appears in The Woman in Cabin 10. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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Trauma, Mental Illness, and Resilience Theme Icon
...you cry.” She wanders aimlessly in the rain until she finds herself outside her boyfriend Judah’s apartment and lets herself in, even though he’s away for work. She falls asleep easily... (full context)
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Trauma, Mental Illness, and Resilience Theme Icon
...hands. She grabs the bedside lamp and smashes it into the attacker. Then she hears Judah calling her name and turns on the light to see blood all over her boyfriend’s... (full context)
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After Lo and Judah get home from the emergency room, they’re in bed together, and Jude brings up a... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...after a few hours of sleep. Before she leaves to catch the train, she and Judah have a fight. Jude reaffirms that he loves Lo and wants her to move in,... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...and into the North Sea. As the shoreline recedes, she hopes for a message from Judah, but there’s nothing, and soon reception is lost. (full context)
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An email from Judah, dated Tuesday (two days later), expresses concern that he hasn’t heard from Lo since the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...her mother and best friend and finally, tearfully, manages to send an apologetic email to Judah. (full context)
Chapter 9
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Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
...is followed by a series of Facebook posts, dated a few days later, in which Judah asks if anyone’s heard from Lo. No one has. (full context)
Chapter 21
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...the body that’s been recovered from the North Sea. A poster who identifies himself as Judah joins the discussion and angrily shuts down insinuations about Lo’s mental state, pointing out that... (full context)
Chapter 28
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A devastated email, sent by Judah to a list of family and friends on the following Tuesday, reports that photographs of... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...for a full day and a night. When there’s finally enough cellular reception, Lo dials Judah’s number. (full context)
Chapter 36
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Back in England, Lo reflects on how she finally reached safety. Judah had immediately called Scotland Yard upon hearing Lo’s story, and Lo had relented to let... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Lo and Judah have an emotional reunion back at Jude’s London flat. Jude gives her a list of... (full context)
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Later that night, Lo wakes up Judah with her crying. She says she can’t stop thinking about Carrie. Judah feels that Carrie... (full context)
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Lo changes the subject to Judah’s job opportunity in New York—she thinks he should accept it. He’s flabbergasted, until she explains... (full context)
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Before they fall asleep, Lo puzzles over the fact that Judah had been asked to identify Lo’s clothes, not a body. She can’t figure out why... (full context)