Winter Dreams

Irene Scheerer Character Analysis

Dexter’s fiancée whom Dexter describes as “light-haired and sweet and honorable, and a little stout.” Unlike Judy, she quickly gives up her other suitors when Dexter asks her to marry him. Both she and her family are pleased with the engagement, which Dexter breaks off after sleeping with Judy. Though Irene is honorable, she is unexciting and Dexter feels that, while she offers security and domestic satisfaction, he does not feel for her the passion that he feels for Judy.

Irene Scheerer Quotes in Winter Dreams

The Winter Dreams quotes below are all either spoken by Irene Scheerer or refer to Irene Scheerer . 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:
Class Mobility and the American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of Winter Dreams published in 2015.
Section 3 Quotes

He knew that Irene would be no more than a curtain spread behind him, a hand moving among gleaming tea-cups, a voice calling to children…fire and loveliness were gone, the magic of nights and the wonder of the varying hours and seasons…slender lips, down-turning, dropping to his lips and bearing him up into the heaven of eyes…. The thing was deep in him.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Irene Scheerer
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Irene Scheerer Character Timeline in Winter Dreams

The timeline below shows where the character Irene Scheerer appears in Winter Dreams. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 3
Class Mobility and the American Dream Theme Icon
Gender and Ambition Theme Icon
Dreams, Happiness, and Reality Theme Icon
The following fall, when Dexter is twenty-five, he becomes engaged to Irene Scheerer, a nice, honorable young woman who is less attractive than Judy. Dexter feels no... (full context)
Class Mobility and the American Dream Theme Icon
...though he is not jealous to see her with another man. Instead, he talks with Irene about books and music. Though he knows “very little about either,” he decides that, given... (full context)
Section 4
Dreams, Happiness, and Reality Theme Icon
Time, Progress, and Repetition Theme Icon
By May, Judy has gone traveling and Dexter is busy with Irene. The relationship brings him tranquility, compared to the “turbulence” he had felt the previous May... (full context)
Dreams, Happiness, and Reality Theme Icon
Time, Progress, and Repetition Theme Icon
One evening, in mid-May, Dexter and Irene plan to go to the University Club’s lounge to watch the dancers. However, Irene’s mother... (full context)
Gender and Ambition Theme Icon
...back toward the University Club. He wonders if she is aware of his engagement to Irene, and he is confused by her sudden desire to marry him. Judy insists that he... (full context)
Gender and Ambition Theme Icon
Judy acknowledges Dexter’s engagement to Irene and the mention of Irene’s name causes a feeling of shame in Dexter. Judy asks... (full context)
Dreams, Happiness, and Reality Theme Icon
Time, Progress, and Repetition Theme Icon
...and spends the night with her. The decision leads him to break his engagement with Irene and to become engaged to Judy, whose “flare for him endured just one month.” After... (full context)