A friend of Jeanette’s, whom Jeanette describes as her “Good Mother.” A supportive and helpful confidant, Ruth lent Jeanette a cottage to write in when she was just starting out, and she helps and guides Jeanette as she attempts to wade through the paperwork and red tape that stands between her reunion with her birth mother. When Jeanette does find her birth mother, and is scared to go meet her, Ruth urges Jeanette to go through with the meeting. Ruth embodies the text’s thematic arcs about mothers and daughters and the pursuit of happiness.
Ruth Rendell Character Timeline in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
The timeline below shows where the character Ruth Rendell appears in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: This Appointment Takes Place In The Past
Chapter 14: Strange Meeting