Top Girls

by

Caryl Churchill

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Jeanine Character Analysis

Jeanine is a young woman who comes to the Top Girls Employment Agency for an interview with Marlene. Jeanine wants to make more money, as she is saving to get married and settle down, but Marlene discourages her from prioritizing family life over her work. Marlene also tells her that admitting to future employers that she plans to get married (and perhaps have children) will lower her chances of securing a job.
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Jeanine Character Timeline in Top Girls

The timeline below shows where the character Jeanine appears in Top Girls. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene Two
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...Monday morning at the Top Girls Employment Agency. Marlene is meeting with a woman named Jeanine. She asks her about her education and her present job—Jeanine works as a secretary to... (full context)
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Marlene asks Jeanine how much she is making, and when Jeanine answers her, Marlene remarks that her salary... (full context)
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Marlene tells Jeanine she might have something for her in the marketing department of a knitwear manufacturer, working... (full context)
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Jeanine mentions she’d like a job with a travel component. Marlene asks if Jeanine’s fiancé wants... (full context)
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Marlene tells Jeanine she’s sending her to the lampshade company and the knitwear company, and in doing so... (full context)