Top Girls

by

Caryl Churchill

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Mrs. Kidd Character Analysis

Mrs. Kidd is the wife of Howard Kidd, a man who works at the Top Girls Employment Agency. Mrs. Kidd comes to visit Marlene to beg for Marlene to refuse the promotion she’s recently earned, so that Howard can have it—Howard is deeply embarrassed and very angry that he has been passed over in favor of a woman. Mrs. Kidd herself is indignant that she has devoted her whole life to her husband in hopes of ensuring his economic success, only to have him lose out to a woman.

Mrs. Kidd Quotes in Top Girls

The Top Girls quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Kidd or refer to Mrs. Kidd . 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 Bloomsbury edition of Top Girls published in 1982.
Act Two, Scene One Quotes

MRS. KIDD: Howard’s not in today.

MARLENE: Isn’t he?

MRS KIDD: He’s feeling poorly.

MARLENE: I didn’t know. I’m sorry to hear that.

MRS KIDD: The fact is he’s in a state of shock. About what’s happened.

MARLENE: What has happened?

MRS KIDD: You should know if anyone. I’m referring to you been appointed managing director instead of Howard. He hasn’t been at all well all weekend. He hasn’t slept for three nights. I haven’t slept.

MARLENE: I’m sorry to hear that, Mrs. Kidd. Has he thought of taking sleeping pills?

MRS KIDD: It’s very hard when someone has worked all these years.

MARLENE: Business life is full of little setbacks. I’m sure Howard knows that. He’ll bounce back in a day or two. We all bounce back.

MRS KIDD: If you could see him you’d know what I’m talking about. What’s it going to do to him working for a woman? I think if it was a man he’d get over it as something normal.

MARLENE: I think he’s going to have to get over it.

Related Characters: Marlene (speaker), Mrs. Kidd (speaker), Howard Kidd
Related Symbols: Top Girls Employment Agency
Page Number: 68-69
Explanation and Analysis:

MARLENE: Are you suggesting I give up the job to him then?

MRS KIDD: It had crossed my mind if you were unavailable for some reason, he would be the natural second choice I think, don’t you? I’m not asking.

MARLENE: Good.

MRS KIDD: You mustn’t tell him I came. He’s very proud.

MARLENE: If she doesn’t like what’s happening here he can go and work somewhere else.

MRS KIDD: Is that a threat?

MARLENE: I’m sorry but I do have some work to do.

MRS KIDD: It’s not easy, a man of Howard’s age. You don’t care. I thought he was going too far but he’s right. You’re one of those ball breakers, that’s what you

MARLENE: I’m sorry but I do have some work to do.

MRS KIDD: are. You’ll end up miserable and lonely. You’re not natural.

Related Characters: Marlene (speaker), Mrs. Kidd (speaker), Howard Kidd
Related Symbols: Top Girls Employment Agency
Page Number: 70
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mrs. Kidd Character Timeline in Top Girls

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Kidd appears in Top Girls. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two, Scene One
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Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
...the woman interrupts her. She introduces herself as Rosemary—Howard’s wife. Marlene apologizes for not remembering Mrs. Kidd , as the women met some time ago. Marlene tells Mrs. Kidd that Howard should... (full context)
Life Under the Patriarchy Theme Icon
Women’s Stories Theme Icon
Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
Mrs. Kidd tells Marlene that Howard has stayed home today—he is in “a state of shock about... (full context)
Life Under the Patriarchy Theme Icon
Power, Success, and Individualism Theme Icon
...sorry Howard’s been taking out his disappointment out on his wife—Howard “really is a shit.” Mrs. Kidd replies that Howard has a family to support. Marlene wants to know if Mrs. Kidd... (full context)
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Angie tells Marlene that how she handled Mrs. Kidd was “wonderful.” Marlene, exhausted, tells Angie that she has some work to do, and asks... (full context)