When The Wasps Drowned Claire Wigfall. Plot. Characters: Mum Eveline Therese Tyler. There is no sign of a dad present The mum seems to be at work a lot They find a dead body
It seems that Eveline has had to grow up when she is still only a child. As her mum is single, she needs help to look after the younger ones and Eveline has had to take on that responsibility. Although she has had to act more responsible she still has that innocent side to her that you would expect a young girl to have.
Also as this is written in first person, it’s from a memory of Eveline’s, so this event must have had a big effect on her life and is something that she still remembers.
At the beginning you get this idea that she is very distant from her children as when she comes home from work she just puts her feet up and Eveline cooks the dinner. Although, as the story goes on, the younger sibling goes to her at night, so it shows that the children feel as if they can talk to her, so actually they are close. Although, there is still the idea of the distance because the mum always seems to be working and in a way lacks responsibility over her children.
She has a lot of trust in her older daughter Eveline because she allows her to stay at home and looks after the younger children.
As there is no sign of a dad you get the idea that she is a single mum and struggles as she has to do everything on her own.
Therese and Tyler:
These two are like any other young children. They play in the garden and just want to have fun. They are also very dependent on their older sister Eveline (line 109 ‘Therese and Tyler were both clinging to my bare legs) , they seem to have a lot of trust in her and rely on her making sure that they are ok.