Top Girls

by

Caryl Churchill

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Top Girls can help.

Kit Character Analysis

Kit is a twelve-year-old girl who is a friend and neighbor of Angie’s. Though Kit is young, she is cruel and aggressive, and spars verbally and physically with Angie. Kit seems to feel coerced into her friendship with Angie, and tells Angie to her face that she is odd for wanting to hang out with someone four years her junior, and a bad influence to boot. Nevertheless, Kit seems to be very much in Angie’s thrall, and when Joyce attempts to speak ill of Angie to Kit, Kit declares that she loves Angie.

Kit Quotes in Top Girls

The Top Girls quotes below are all either spoken by Kit or refer to Kit. 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:
Life Under the Patriarchy Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of Top Girls published in 1982.
Act One, Scene Three Quotes

ANGIE: I’m going to London. To see my aunt.

KIT: And what?

ANGIE: That’s it.

KIT: I see my aunt all the time.

ANGIE: I don’t see my aunt.

KIT: What’s so special?

ANGIE: It is special. She’s special.

KIT: Why?

ANGIE: She is.

KIT: Why?

ANGIE: She is.

KIT: Why?

ANGIE: My mother hates her.

KIT: Why?

ANGIE: Because she does.

KIT: Perhaps she’s not very nice.

ANGIE: She is nice.

KIT: How do you know?

ANGIE: Because I know her.

KIT: You said you never see her.

ANGIE: I saw her last year. You saw her.

KIT: Did I?

ANGIE: Never mind.

KIT: I remember her. That aunt. What’s so special?

ANGIE: She gets people jobs.

KIT: What’s so special?

ANGIE: I think I’m my aunt’s child. I think my mother’s really my aunt.

Related Characters: Angie (speaker), Kit (speaker), Marlene, Joyce
Page Number: 52
Explanation and Analysis:
Act Two, Scene Two Quotes

JOYCE: [Kit’s] a little girl Angie sometimes plays with because she’s the only child lives really close. She’s like a little sister to her really. Angie’s good with little children.

MARLENE: Do you want to work with children, Angie? Be a teacher or nursery nurse?

JOYCE: I don’t think she’s ever thought of it.

MARLENE: What do you want to do?

JOYCE: She hasn’t got an idea in her head what she wants to do. Lucky to get anything.

JOYCE: True enough.

Related Characters: Marlene (speaker), Joyce (speaker), Angie, Kit
Page Number: 82-83
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Top Girls LitChart as a printable PDF.
Top Girls PDF

Kit Character Timeline in Top Girls

The timeline below shows where the character Kit appears in Top Girls. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene Three
Life Under the Patriarchy Theme Icon
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
In Marlene’s sister Joyce’s backyard, two girls—Angie, who is sixteen, and Kit, who is twelve—play in a “shelter made of junk.” The girls hear Joyce calling for... (full context)
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
...calls for Angie, telling her to come inside. Angie doesn’t answer, or move. She tells Kit that last night, while she was lying in bed, a picture of her grandmother fell... (full context)
Motherhood Theme Icon
Angie demands that when she gets her own period, Kit must lick her bloody fingers, too. Kit refuses. Angie tells Kit that if she doesn’t... (full context)
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
Kit asks Angie where the safest place is during a war. Angie tells her nowhere is... (full context)
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
Motherhood Theme Icon
Angie twists Kit’s arm and tells her to admit she’s a liar. Kit refuses, and Angie lets her... (full context)
Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
Motherhood Theme Icon
...sit in silence. Joyce comes out of the house and approaches the shed. She tells Kit that it’s time to go home. Kit protests that they want to go see a... (full context)
Motherhood Theme Icon
...dress on just to clean her room. Angie picks up a brick from the ground. Kit tells Angie it’s time to go to the movies. Joyce insists Angie finish cleaning her... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Two
Life Under the Patriarchy Theme Icon
Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
Motherhood Theme Icon
Kit walks into the house “as if she lives there,” inserting herself right into the action.... (full context)
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
Motherhood Theme Icon
...party, and recalls to herself that her own mother and father were there, along with Kit. Marlene asks where Angie’s father is, and Joyce replies that he moved out three years... (full context)