The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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Lord Richard Bullmer Character Analysis

Bullmer, a British Lord and wealthy owner of the Aurora cruise liner, is just a few years older than Lo. He is married to Anne Lyngstad Bullmer. After a privileged childhood, Bullmer was orphaned and broke by the time he entered Oxford University, then formed a successful start-up. The Aurora is his latest business venture. Bullmer tries to project an approachable, everyman persona despite his immense wealth, playing poker with guests and personally meeting with Lo to listen to her suspicions about the missing woman/Carrie. However, he also gives off a disarming, likely sociopathic stoicism. It turns out that Bullmer killed Anne on the first night of the cruise, having convinced Carrie—his secret lover—to impersonate her, in hopes of avoiding prosecution and securing Anne’s fortune for himself. Bullmer has amassed a wide network of friends in high places, but Lo escapes and outruns him, and he’s ultimately shot and killed by Carrie.

Lord Richard Bullmer Quotes in The Woman in Cabin 10

The The Woman in Cabin 10 quotes below are all either spoken by Lord Richard Bullmer or refer to Lord Richard Bullmer . 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 5 Quotes

It seemed impossible that everything mentioned in the brochure—library, sunroom, spa, sauna, cocktail lounge, and all the other things apparently indispensable to the Aurora’s pampered passengers—could fit into this miniature vessel. Its size, along with the perfection of its paintwork, gave it a curiously toylike quality, and as I stepped onto the narrow steel gangway I had a sudden disorienting image of the Aurora as a ship imprisoned in a bottle—tiny, perfect, isolated, and unreal—and of myself, shrinking down to match it with every step I took towards the boat. It was a strange feeling, as if I were looking down the wrong end of a telescope, and it gave me a dizzying sensation almost like vertigo.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Lord Richard Bullmer
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 20 Quotes

If someone had been walking along the deck outside and had glanced in the window, they would never have known that I had just told him something that could deal a sucker punch to his business, and revealed the presence of a possible psychopath on board a small ship. As my story unfolded I was expecting echoes of Nilsson’s distress, or the clannish denial of the stewardesses, but although I watched Bullmer’s face carefully, I saw neither of those, no hint of accusation or censure […] With Bullmer, I couldn’t tell what he was feeling. Was he furious, or panicked, and simply hiding it well? Or was he really as cool and calm as he seemed?

Page Number: 194-195
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Chapter 26 Quotes

While Richard was back in Lars’s cabin, establishing his alibi with an uninterrupted poker game, the woman in Cabin 10 had bundled the real Anne overboard and hoped that the body would never be found.

And they would have got away with it, if I—frightened and traumatized from the burglary—hadn’t heard the splash and jumped to a conclusion that was so wrong, it was almost completely right.

So who was she? […] I had no idea. But I knew one thing—she was my best hope of getting out of here alive.

Page Number: 259
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Chapter 27 Quotes

“Shut up!” She put her hands over her ears, shaking her head. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. Neither of us wanted to be in this situation!”

“Really? You think it’s coincidence he fell in love with someone who bears a startling resemblance to Anne? He planned this from the beginning. You’re just a means to an end […] All the money, without the controlling wife—I think he had that carrot waved in front of his nose by Anne’s illness […] And when the doctors gave her the all clear, he didn’t want to let go of it—is that right?”

Page Number: 263-264
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Chapter 30 Quotes

I thought about it after she left—the stupidity of thanking a woman who was keeping you captive, buying your compliance by withholding food and drugs. Was I developing Stockholm syndrome?

Maybe. Although if I was, she had a considerably more advanced case than I did. Maybe that was closer to the truth—we weren’t captor and captive, but two animals in different compartments of the same cage. Hers was just slightly larger.

Page Number: 288
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Chapter 32 Quotes

Somehow I would get off this boat, if not for me, then for Anne, and Carrie. No—Fuck it.

For me.

I was getting off this boat for me—because I had done nothing to deserve this apart from being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I was damned if Bullmer was going to add me to the list of women he had screwed over.

Page Number: 306
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Chapter 34 Quotes

The lights were not to the east but to the north. What I could see was not dawn but the eerie green and gold streaks of the northern lights.

The realization made me laugh—a bitter, mirthless choke that sounded shockingly loud in the still night air. What was it Richard had said? Everyone should see the northern lights before they died. Well, now I had. But it just didn’t seem that important anymore.

Related Characters: Laura “Lo” Blacklock (speaker), Lord Richard Bullmer
Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 317
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With each step, I remembered Carrie’s frantic exhortations to get running and get out—her hysterical assertions about the reach of Richard’s influence.

It didn’t seem so hysterical now.

If only I had believed her—I should never have shown Anne’s ID at the hotel, or trusted Erik with even the few details I’d given him. But I just hadn’t quite believed that anyone, however wealthy, could have the kind of reach Carrie believed. Now I realized I was wrong. […]

What was I going to do? […] My best hope was finding a police station, but how? Where? And did I dare tell them the truth when I got there?

Page Number: 317
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Chapter 37 Quotes

“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
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Lord Richard Bullmer Character Timeline in The Woman in Cabin 10

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Richard Bullmer appears in The Woman in Cabin 10. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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...to prove” herself and network effectively. She’s especially determined to get the number of Lord Bullmer, the wealthy owner of the Aurora. However, that night she still can’t sleep and has... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...port city of Hull, Lo distracts herself with research. She learns that Aurora owner Lord Richard Bullmer is only a few years older than she is, but highly accomplished and influential.... (full context)
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Lo sees Lord Bullmer and is amazed how young he looks. Ben mentions that most of his money comes... (full context)
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Lord Bullmer makes a speech welcoming everyone to the Aurora, using “that curiously classless tone that people... (full context)
Chapter 9
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After dinner, as Lo attempts to corner Bullmer, Cole abruptly takes a picture of her, and she stumbles against a sofa, spilling her... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...He tells Lo that after he left her cabin, he’d ended up playing poker with Bullmer and Lars Jenssen until four o’clock in the morning. Lo considers telling him about what... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...together about who could have swiped the mascara, and Ben encourages Lo to speak to Bullmer himself. He says he can vouch for Bullmer’s whereabouts all night, since they were playing... (full context)
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Lo goes to the Nobel Suite for her prearranged meeting with Richard Bullmer. She is thrown when Anne Bullmer, with a tear-stained face, answers the door. Lo... (full context)
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Lo goes outside onto the cold, misty deck and finds Lars, Chloe, Bullmer, and Cole in an enormous Jacuzzi. Lo says she isn’t sure if now is the... (full context)
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...the glass on the veranda, Cole breaks a champagne glass and cuts his hand. As Bullmer smoothly jumps into action to help the bleeding man and the shaken Chloe, he tells... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Within an hour, Lo “could see why Richard Bullmer had got to where he had in life.” He grills her on her story... (full context)
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Lo is a bit puzzled by Bullmer’s stoic reaction, unsure what he’s actually feeling. Finally, Bullmer promises to speak with Nilsson and... (full context)
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After Bullmer gives a sympathetic smile, Lo abruptly tells him about Nilsson’s reaction to her drinking and... (full context)
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...asks about the conversation, Lo reflects that, though she’d felt “confident and appeased” at first, Bullmer hadn’t actually promised anything concrete or stated explicit support for Lo’s claims. They talk about... (full context)
Chapter 21
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At dinner, Bullmer has been called away to deal with an emergency, but Anne is there, with a... (full context)
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Lo is so distracted that she almost trips over Anne Bullmer as she rounds a corner. Anne, looking tired and gray, is leaning against the wall... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...missed figuring out the identity of the girl from Cabin 10 earlier. She and Anne Bullmer have the same dark eyes and high cheekbones. The girl’s hair (a wig) and penciled... (full context)
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...about the two women, she can’t square what she knows about the wealthy, elegant Anne Bullmer with the girl in the Pink Floyd T-shirt. It’s as if there are two Annes.... (full context)
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Lo realizes that Bullmer and the girl almost got away with their scheme. If she hadn’t been awakened by... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...Anne. At first, she reacts fiercely when Lo reveals she’s figured out what she and Bullmer have been up to. When she asks why Lo couldn’t stop digging, Lo explains, “Because... (full context)
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The girl insists that she and Bullmer are in love. Lo seizes on this, pointing out that if it were true, Bullmer... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...eats her food, Lo is emboldened to ask what is going to happen to her—if Bullmer will kill her or not. The girl doesn’t answer, but Lo sees that she’s crying... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...have faked Anne’s disappearance in Trondheim, later to “meet” and publicly fall in love with Bullmer herself. (full context)
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...had come from terror, not hate.” Carrie slowly reveals more of the story—that she’d met Bullmer at the Magellan club when she was a waitress there, supporting herself as a struggling... (full context)
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Carrie explains that she and Bullmer had carried on a secret affair until, one day, imitating Anne’s mannerisms and wearing one... (full context)
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On the first night of the cruise, Bullmer had come to Carrie in Cabin 10 and told her that he and Anne had... (full context)
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...from voicing objections to various holes in the story. It seems clear to her that Bullmer had never meant for Anne to leave the ship alive, and that Carrie is willfully... (full context)
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Lo tells Carrie that Bullmer is going to kill them both, but that Carrie is capable of getting them both... (full context)
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After Carrie leaves, Lo spends the day pondering her fate and Carrie’s. She’s sure that Bullmer only intended for Carrie to live long enough to perform her part in the plan.... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...doesn’t understand why she can’t leave Norway under her own name, but Carrie explains that Bullmer has friends everywhere, including high up in the Norwegian police force. Lo thinks she sounds... (full context)
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...Carrie bashes her head against the side of the bunk, to make it look to Bullmer as if Lo had attacked and overpowered her. She asks Lo to give her 24... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...maintain a measured pace and fight back panic as she makes her way to the Bullmers’ suite. It’s 11:15 at night, and Richard will be back any minute. She puts on... (full context)
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...of the window, but in the reflection on the glass safety barrier, she can see Bullmer sprawled on the bed, watching television. Lo waits for a long time, eventually hearing the... (full context)
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...wall of glass, at least two stories above the ocean. She’s in full view of Bullmer, but he doesn’t turn to look out onto the veranda. She then pulls herself up... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...bay. The hotel’s general manager approaches, wanting to know how she’s come to have Anne Bullmer’s credit cards; the Bullmers are personal friends of his. Lo asks him to phone the... (full context)
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Lo is practically falling asleep when suddenly she hears the manager say “Richard.” She looks out on the fjord to see the Aurora coming to a stop, then... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...Lo continues walking, she thinks about Carrie’s warnings—which she’d dismissed as hysterical—about the reach of Bullmer’s influence. She now realizes Carrie was right. She left the wallet when she fled the... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Lo flips channels and comes across a news bulletin about Bullmer’s death, which jars her. She also spots Anne in the video footage and perceives something... (full context)
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...Alexander, and other journalists she’s met, traveling the world and reporting the things people like Bullmer want them to write about. She wants to write about the things people don’t want... (full context)
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...She can’t figure out why Carrie would have discarded her clothes. She also can’t imagine Bullmer committing suicide. But she pushes these thoughts aside, instead focusing on the leap of faith... (full context)
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...about two months later, reports that one of the two recovered bodies belonged to Anne Bullmer. The other is Lord Bullmer’s, and it’s been determined that his gunshot wound was not... (full context)