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Dollanganger/Foxworth Clan

Main generation

    Cathy 

Catherine Leigh "Cathy" Dollanganger

Actors: Kristy Swanson (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Kiernan Shipka (2014 Flowers TV film), Rose McIver (2014 Petals on the Wind TV film), Rachael Carpani (2015 If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday TV films)

The oldest daughter of the Dollanganger family, and the narrator for Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, and Seeds of Yesterday.

  • Ballet: Dreams of becoming a famous ballerina; she does manage to become well-regarded, though she settles into being just a teacher.
  • Career-Ending Injury: In Petals, Cathy never quite addresses why she ends her dance career. In Thorns, Chris says very explicitly that it's her knee. This points to Cathy as an unreliable narrator, avoiding talking about a particularly emotional issue.
    Chris: Cathy, you know you're not supposed to dance on your trick knee! You promised me you would never dance professionally again. At any moment that knee could give way, and down you'd go. One more fall and you may end up crippled for life.
  • Cartwright Curse: Julian, Bart, Paul. She even bitterly lampshades this at the end of Petals, wondering why Chris isn't afraid to get together with her, given that "behind me lay a trail of dead men."
  • Catchphrase: Exclaimed "Golly-lolly day" or "Golly day" when she's a child in Flowers. This is dropped in later books, though it gets a Call-Back in Petals.
    Oh, golly-lolly! I used my little-girl exclamation of delight, of surprise, of dismay or frustration, though I had better and more accurate words at my disposal now.
  • Daddy's Girl: Very dearly loved her father, and was probably closer to him than the rest of the family before his death.
    Corrine: But remember always you were blessed to have for almost twelve years a father who thought you were something very special.
    Cathy: Because I look like you.
    Corrine: I'm going to tell you something now, Cathy, that I've never told you before. You look very much as I did at your age, but you are not like me in your personality. You are much more aggressive, and much more determined. Your father used to say that you were like his mother, and he loved his mother.
    • Incest Subtext: Even with his early death, this is still very much present through the books.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes/Long Hair Is Feminine: Cathy has long blonde hair and is seen as being very beautiful.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Generation Xerox: This is actually a major theme of the books, and explored in depth. At the center of her character is Cathy's desire to be like her mother, conflicting with her fear of being like her mother.
  • Happily Married: Her third marriage, that is. Her first marriage is abusive, and her second marriage mostly involves playing nursemaid to her husband after a heart attack.
  • I Owe You My Life: In her relationship with Paul, Cathy at multiple points states that she feels like she owes him for taking in her and her siblings when they were so desperately in need. For his part, Paul insists that they do not own him anything.
    Madam Marisha: You married a man almost dead. Was it a guilty conscience?
    Cathy: I don't know. I used to think it was because I loved him and I owed him. I had a thousand reasons for marrying him, the most important being he wanted me, and that was enough.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's fairly whiny and can be especially hard on people when they anger her, but she thinks the world of those she cares about, and will go to any length to keep them safe.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: After she can no longer dance, Cathy begins to start writing about her past.
  • Not So Similar: Cathy is a lot like her mother Corrine—she is The Ingenue, and then The Tease, and occasionally the Femme Fatale. Ultimately though, the key difference between them is that Cathy is proactive and driven, with an iron will. While Corrine was spoiled (and emotionally abused) as a child, Cathy was abused far differently, lighting a fire under her ass, making her determined as all hell and left knowing that she can only rely on herself in the end. Corrine never gets a job, even after her husband dies. Cathy spends years pursuing a career as a professional ballet dancer, which is for the most part portrayed as a very grueling.
  • Oedipus Complex: Downplayed Trope and Gender-Inverted Trope. Cathy very much wants to supplant her mother—her power over men, and her poise. She also wants to steal her mother's husband—who is not, by this point, Cathy's father. Although Cathy did adore her father, and feel jealous that—in his eyes—she came second after her mother. If he'd still been alive by this point, it totally could've gone that way.
  • Promotion to Parent: To her younger siblings Carrie and Cory, from the time they're trapped in Foxworth onward.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Cathy is the Red Oni and Chris is the Blue Oni. Chris is the stable to the point of complacency, while Cathy is mercurial to the point of reckless. Chris is The Idealist and Cathy is The Cynic. We mostly hear the story from Cathy's POV, and she often thinks Chris is a "prisoner of hope," but she also loves him for this and depends on him as her counterbalance.
  • Revenge Before Reason/Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Particularly in Petals, where she literally and figuratively wrecks homes to get revenge on her murderous mother.
  • Stage Name: In-universe example, as a young girl she wanted to be billed as Catherine Doll, but her ballet teacher in New York insisted she go with Catherine Dahl instead.

    Chris Jr. 

Christopher "Chris" Garland Dollanganger Jr.

Actors: Jeb Stuart Adams (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Mason Dye (2014 Flowers TV film), Wyatt Nash (2014 Petals on the Wind TV film), Jason Lewis (2015 If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday TV films)

The oldest of the Dollanganger children.

  • Brother–Sister Incest: Develops a mutual attraction with his sister Cathy in the attic, and years later they live as husband and wife.
  • Love Will Lead You Back: Chris—the eternal optimist—spends the duration of Petals (about 15 years) holding out hope that him and Cathy were endgame. Around the age of 40, he tries to explain it to his son, saying:
    Chris: During all those years I waited, I somehow knew eventually she'd be mine as long as I held fast to my faith, and kept the flame of my first love burning. It was so easy for her to love other men. It was impossible for me to find any woman who could compare. She took me for her own when I was about your age, Jory. Be careful whom you love first, for that is the girl you will never forget.
  • Mama's Boy: His is Corrine's favorite child. He adores his mother and puts her on a pedestal. Even when she fails them in every imaginable way, he still half-forgives her.
  • Promotion to Parent: To his younger siblings Carrie and Cory, from the time they're trapped in Foxworth onward.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Cathy is the Red Oni and Chris is the Blue Oni. Chris is the stable to the point of complacency, while Cathy is mercurial to the point of reckless. Chris is The Idealist and Cathy is The Cynic. We mostly hear the story from Cathy's POV, and she often thinks Chris is a "prisoner of hope," but she also loves him for this and depends on him as her counterbalance.
    • The Idealist/Hope Springs Eternal: In the attic, Chris holds out hope that their mother will come through long after the evidence stops pointing that way. Even after they escape, he is always inclined to give their mother the benefit of the doubt, and believe the best of her. He carries a flame for Cathy for 15 years, all the while believing they are endgame. When Bart insists You're Not My Father and spurns him at every turn, Chris loves Bart as his own son and holds out hope they'll repair their relationship someday. In Flowers, Chris says the following, which makes it seem like this is less his worldview and more that it's his coping mechanism:
      Chris: Sure I've got doubts and suspicions hidden away in me, but I smile and I laugh, and make myself believe because I want to survive.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: From childhood, Chris always talks in a way that is sometimes flowery, and sometimes just plain weird. Hilariously lampshaded in Thorns, when—as a parent—he gives his sons a new word to learn each day to expand their vocabularies.
    Chris: The world belongs to those who know how to speak well, and fortunes are made by those who write well.

    Carrie 

Carrie Dollanganger

Actors: Lindsay Parker (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Ava Telek (2014 Flowers TV film), Bailey De Young (2014 Petals on the Wind TV film)

The loud and opinionated youngest daughter of the family, twin to Cory.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Carrie was never the same after Cory died.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Known to scream and stamp her feet when she's angry.
  • Broken Bird: After the attic she's never really alright.
  • Creepy Twins: Cory and Carrie were perceived as such, though they weren't aware of it.
  • Ill Girl: After the attic, she is forever dainty from the arsenic poisoning. Not only that, she is miles behind her peers in weight and height, not getting much taller than four and a half feet when she's an adult.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Carrie is this to Alex.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Very loud and adamant in comparison to Cory.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Unbeknownst to Cathy, the Grandmother managed to drill this trope into Carrie's head. Carrie seems to view perfectly normal sexual desire as evil and herself as bad because of Julian molesting her and she kind of liked it.

    Cory 

Cory Dollanganger

Actors: Ben Ganger (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Maxwell Kovach (2014 Flowers TV film)

Carrie's twin brother, who is much more quiet.

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Parents' generation

    Corrine 

Corrine Dollanganger (née Foxworth)

Actors: Victoria Tennant (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Heather Graham (2014-2015 TV films of Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, and If There Be Thorns)

The beautiful but spoiled mother of the Dollanganger children that harbors a Dark Secret that only she and their father know of.

  • Animal Motif: Swans.
  • Daddy's Girl: Used to be this before being disowned, and aspires to be this again.
  • Dumb Blonde: About halfway between this and Obfuscating Stupidity. She plays up her helplessness to get what she wants, but is secretly very manipulative.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Early in the 2014 film, Corrine tries to pass off a store bought apple pie for her husband as one she cooked herself, before Cathy reveals she forgot to take off the bakery label. This cleverly foreshadows how she is not as truthful or dedicated to her family's well-being as she seems. Also, that she's cunning but not all that smart.
  • Fallen Princess: Was disinherited by her father after eloping with her half-uncle.
  • Flanderization: Also doubles as Face–Heel Turn. Corrine still has some traits of vanity and materialism at the start of the story, but is still a decent person and a loving mother to her children who only imprisons them in the attic because her mother has forced her to. However, once Corrine is reintroduced to high society, her selfish traits grow stronger while her redeeming qualities weaken, to the point where she is perfectly willing to poison her children as she cannot part with her money.
  • Offing the Offspring: Succeeds in poisoning Cory, and fails at doing the same to the rest of her children.
  • Spoiled Brat: Corrine was spoiled heavily by her father and later her husband, to the point where she was constantly depending on a man. She didn't even try to get a career when her first husband dies even though she has four children to care for.
  • Stepford Smiler: The Unstable type.

    Chris Sr. 

Christopher "Chris" Garland Dollanganger Sr.

Actors: Marshall Colt (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Chad Willett (2014 Flowers TV film)

The Dollangangers' father. Dies in a car crash at the beginning of Flowers in the Attic.

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In a series full of fraught parent-children relationships, Cathy never questions her late father's perfection.
  • Doting Parent: Was this before his death, particularly to Cathy.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His blond hair is symbolic of his warm-hearted and generous personality.
  • Plot-Triggering Death/Small Role, Big Impact: His death leaves the family without a source of income, driving Corrine to crawl back to parents and beg for forgiveness. He dies after the first chapter of the original book and roughly the first five minutes of both film adaptations, but if not for his death, the entire series never would have happened.
  • Practically Different Generations: Malcolm was 28 when his father Garland (55) married Alicia (16). Garland and Alicia's son—Malcolm's half-brother—was born the following year, making him younger than Malcolm's older 2 children, and oldest than his youngest child.
  • Shed the Family Name: His birth name, as Corrine tells us, was Garland Christopher Foxworth the Fourth, though "We never called him anything but Chris." When they eloped, Chris and Corrine took the surname Dollanganger. He also appears to have swapped middle and first name at this point, because when the officers come to tell Corrine he has died, they call her "Mrs. Christopher Garland Dollanganger."
    Corrine: For heaven's sake, Cathy, names can be changed legally. And the name Dollanganger does belong to us, more or less. Your father borrowed that name from way back in his ancestry. He thought it an amusing name, a joke, and it served its purpose well enough.

    Mal 

Malcolm "Mal" Foxworth Jr.

Corrine's eldest brother.
  • Cool Bike: The way Corrine describes Mal certainly gives this impression.
    Corrine: He was a very good-looking young man, and on weekends, Mal would escape the life he hated by riding up into the mountains on his motorcycle. In his own private retreat, a log cabin he had built himself, he composed music.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Malcolm, to his sons Mal and Joel.
    Corrine: Both my brothers were musicians. The pity of it was my father had no patience for the arts, or the type of men who were artists—not only those who were musicians, but painters, poets, and so forth. He thought them weak and effeminate. He forced this older brother to work in a bank he owned, not caring if his son detested the job that didn't suit him at all.

    Joel 

Joel Foxworth

The younger of Corrine's two elder brothers.
  • Back from the Dead: Joel. He was thought to have died in a skiing accident, but has been living in an Italian monastery. However...
  • The Runaway: Joel, after Mal's death
    Corrine: My younger brother was named Joel, and he ran away the day of his brother's funeral. He and Mal had been very close, and I guess he just couldn't bear the thought that now he would have to take Mal's place, and be the heir to his father's business dynasty.
  • The Illegible:
    Cathy: I never saw such a strange assortment of crooked handwriting, all in various shades of blue, violet, green, black and brown ink. Joel, you changed pens to make it seem those cards were signed by different guests, when it was you who signed them all!
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Malcolm, to his sons Mal and Joel.
    Corrine: Both my brothers were musicians. The pity of it was my father had no patience for the arts, or the type of men who were artists—not only those who were musicians, but painters, poets, and so forth. He thought them weak and effeminate. He forced this older brother to work in a bank he owned, not caring if his son detested the job that didn't suit him at all.
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Grandparents' generation

    Olivia 

Olivia Foxworth (née Winfield)

Actors: Louise Fletcher (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Ellen Burstyn (2014 TV films of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind)

Corrine's cruel religious fanatic of a mother. She arranges to hide the children.

  • Claustrophobia: She will not, cannot, go up the narrow staircase to the attic.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Pet the Dog: In a very rare show of kindness, in Flowers Olivia gives the children real flowers after she learns that they're turning the attic into a playground.
  • No Name Given: After referring to her only as "the Grandmother" in Flowers, it becomes a Subverted Trope when Cathy realizes in Petals that she's never heard her real name, and—in morbid curiosity—asks.
    Cathy: Do you call her Mrs. Foxworth?
    Bart: Olivia, that's what I call her!

    Malcolm 

Malcolm Neal Foxworth

Actors: Nathan Davis (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Beau Daniels (2014 TV film of Flowers in the Attic)

Corrine's elderly father who at the beginning of Flowers in the Attic is on death's doorstep.

  • Blondes Are Evil: Starting in his youth and holding even until his hair is silver.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Builds his own church on his own property, just so he can always be treated like a patriarch there.
  • Dead All Along: Has in reality been for almost a year when the remain kids finally escape.
  • Hemo Erotic: Given what we know about Malcolm, it's safe to say he's more of a misogynistic sadist than a kinkster:
    Malcolm's journal: I took pleasure in beating them, putting red welts on their fair unbroken skins I saw blood, their blood, and it made me excited.
  • Marital Rape License: Raped his wife Olivia, conceiving their son Mal in the process.
  • Pervert Dad: To Corrine
  • Practically Different Generations: Malcolm was 28 when his father Garland (55) married Alicia (16). Garland and Alicia's son—Malcolm's half-brother—was born the following year, making him younger than Malcolm's older 2 children, and oldest than his youngest.
  • Stalker with a Crush: For his (much younger) stepmother Alicia.
    Cathy: Your husband Malcolm was in love with his father's younger wife, ten times more beautiful and sweeter than you [Olivia] ever were! So when Alicia had a son, you suspected that child was your own husband's, and that's why you hated our father [...] Yet how wrong you were about Malcolm and Alicia, for my father's mother despised Malcolm! She fought him off time and again—and the baby she had was not your husband's son! Though he would have been, if Malcolm had had his way!

    Alicia 

Alicia

Garland Christopher Foxworth's young wife.

  • May–December Romance: She married her husband Garland when she was 16 and him 55.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She had a happy second marriage to her childhood sweetheart—good for her!
    Corrine: They fled back to Richmond, to Alicia's parents, and there she lived until she married a second time. She had a few years of happiness with a young man she'd loved since her childhood, and then he, too, died.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The one account we hear of Alicia's personality is from her son, who says that Cathy's iron will—the one trait she doesn't have in common with Corrine—comes from Alicia.
    Corrine: I'm going to tell you something now, Cathy, that I've never told you before. You look very much as I did at your age, but you are not like me in your personality. You are much more aggressive, and much more determined. Your father used to say that you were like his mother, and he loved his mother.

Children's generation

    Jory 

Julian Janus "Jory" Marquet Sheffield

Cathy's eldest child.

    Bart 

Bartholomew "Bart" Scott Winslow Sheffield

Cathy's younger son.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: While there's never a named diagnosis given, Bart is canonically said to have some serious mental health troubles. This is shown to be debilitating, both for him personally and for his family. His parents and brother love him and want to help, but don't really know how.
  • Creepy Child/Troubling Unchildlike Behavior
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named for his father. (His middle name—Scott—is his stepfather Paul's middle name, Paul didn't die until few years after Bart was born.)
  • Friend to All Children: Bart has a soft spot for his niece and nephew.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Born after his father's death, a la his mother's Cartwright Curse.
  • Oedipus Complex: Hating a parent and having incestuous subtext with a parent are both common threads running throughout these books. But not until Bart are they combined in a single character to form an entirely classic example of this trope. Bart deeply resents his stepfather Chris, though treats him as his father as far as this trope is concerned. He intermittently adores and wants to impress his mother, sometimes skirting into incestuous territory.
  • You're Not My Father: Bart pulls this frequently and aggressively with his Chris. Bart's biological father died before he was born, and Chris has been his stepfather since he was a toddler. He is the man who raised him, and the only father Bart can remember. Chris, for his part, unquestionably considers Bart his son, loves him, and holds out hope their relationship will improve someday. Bart refuses to call Chris his father, calling him by his name or simply not speaking to him at all.
    • He turns this up all the way, denying Cindy (Adoption Diss) as his sister, and sometimes Jory (Half-Sibling Angst) as his siblings too.
      Cathy: What's wrong with you, Bart? You deny Chris as your father, Cindy as your sister, Jory as your brother. Don't you need to have anyone but yourself—and that hateful old man who trails you about?
  • The Unfavorite: Of his mother. She really did love him, but she also really did favor his siblings.
    Bart: You think because you gave me all the necessary things, all the clothes I needed, all the food I could eat, and a house to shelter me, you made yourself believe that was enough, but it wasn't. I knew you saved the best of your love for Jory. Then, after Cindy came, you gave your second best to her. You had nothing left to give me but pity—and I hate you for pitying me!

    Cindy 

Cynthia "Cindy" Jane Nickols Sheffield

Cathy and Chris's adoptive daughter.

  • Happily Adopted: Cindy is quite happily adopted by Cathy and Chris, who very much consider her their own daughter.
  • Has a Type:
    Melodie: It seems Cindy likes dark-haired men who look like her brothers.
  • Generation Xerox: Cindy takes pages on sexuality from her adopted mother Cathy. Her mother describes her as eager for love, but not mature enough to avoid decisions that will come back to bite her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Cindy can come off as entitled and petty in her teen years. Considering how she was heavily spoiled by Cathy, Chris, and Jory, it's not a surprise. She grows out of it eventually and even forgives Bart for his mistreatment of her.


Others

    Bart Winslow 

Bartholomew "Bart" Winslow

Actors: Leonard Mann (1987 Flowers in the Attic film), Dylan Bruce (2014 TV films of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind)

  • Love Mather, Love Daughter: Married to Corrine, and then had an affair with her daughter—not that he knew she was her daughter. He Has a Type. (Bart is 8 years Corrine's junior, making him roughly 13 years Cathy's senior.)
  • Millionaire Playboy: The rare married version of this trope.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Bart at times claims he's put off by Cathy's pointed pursuit of him. But—as she demonstrates—he's also annoyed when she makes no effort. Cathy claims this is born of misogyny and insecurity; Bart claims "I just don't like the feeling of being the victim of a huntress leading me into a trap." They're both right: Bart is misogynistic, but Cathy is also very deliberately seducing Bart as part of a her scheme, and he's right to feel he's being led into a trap.
  • Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Apparently handles both estate planning and insurance cases.
  • Porn Stache: When she first sees him, he has a thick moustache, which Cathy is really into. She later encourages Paul to grow a mustache as well because of it. By the time she sees Bart again in Petals, he has shaved it off.
  • Trophy Wife: Gender-Inverted Trope. He is 8 years Corrine's junior, and comes from a working class background. Cathy often taunts him about this, and it's clearly something of a sore spot for Bart.
    Cathy: A lap dog for a pampered, spoiled, rich woman who can buy anything she wants—including a much younger husband!

    Paul Sheffield 

Dr. Paul Scott Sheffield

  • Ephebophile: Cathy's 15 when he begins lusting after her, and 17 when they consummate their relationship. His sister Amanda claims this is a pattern with him, although it's hard to know what to believe with Amanda.
    Amanda: Paul's made an ass of himself before, you know. You're not his first little playmate; though he's never given one a fur coat before, and a diamond ring. Just as if he could possibly marry you. Such flawless skin you have, so firm, like porcelain. You won't keep that skin, or all that hair once you're thirty-five or so, and long before then he'll have tired of you. He likes his women young, very young. He likes them pretty, intelligent and talented. I have to acknowledge he has good taste, if not good sense.
  • Domestic Abuse/Marital Rape License: With his first wife Julia.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Paul admits to cheating on his late wife, but excuses himself because she was mentally ill and sexually unresponsive and I'm a Man; I Can't Help It.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Near the end of his life, Paul encourages Cathy to go be happy with Chris.
  • May–December Romance: Has one with Cathy, beginning when she's 17 and he's 42. He specifically refers to them as "April and September." These slightly closer months are more true of their actual ages (and they're also their birth months respectively).

    Julian Marquet 

Julian Marquet

Actor: Will Kemp (2014 TV film of Petals on the Wind)

  • Domestic Abuse: Julian is emotionally, physically and sexually abusive toward Cathy, including a memorable scene where, in a fit of rage, he breaks several of her toes. During their marriage, he follows the classic cycle of explosions, regret and apologies, honeymoon phase, growing tension, and then another explosion.
    Chris: Damn him to hell! How many times has he vented his rage on you? How many black eyes—I've seen one—but how many others?
    Cathy: Please don't. He never hit me that he didn't cry afterward, and he'd say he was sorry.
  • Driven to Suicide: After an accident leaves him paralyzed and unlikely to even walk again, much less dance.
  • Ephebophile: Cathy is well-aware that Julian is attracted to very young girls, enough to even need to get him to promise to leave Carrie alone. Years later, after Julian's death, she learns that he didn't keep that promise.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Cathy sometimes thinks there's more to Julian—he has a Freudian Excuse after all! But ultimately no. He's just a dick who is also a gifted dancer.
  • Loving a Shadow: We know that Julian put Cathy on a pedestal very early on, and that his conceptualization of her had little to do with who she really was. What did he imagine her to be? That's somewhat less clear. Cathy herself says she never really understood Julian's interiority. We know there's some inner conflict going on there, and we get parts of it, but we never get the full picture—and that's the point.
  • Shed the Family Name: Julian changed his legal name to distance himself from his parents as well, both in a professional and personal capacity.
    Cathy: Why do you call yourself Marquet when your father's name is Rosencoff?
    Julian: […] My father sees me as an extension of himself. If I become a great dancer, it won't be to my credit; it will be just because I am his son and bear his name. So I put an end to that idea by changing my name. I made it up, just like any performer does when he wants to change his name.
    • Zigzagged when Cathy—with his mother's approval—buries him under the name Julian Marquet Rosencoff.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A lot of Julian's emotional issues seem to stem from trying to get his parents' approval, though he also hates himself for being so needy of them.

    Madame Marisha 

Marisha Rosencoff

  • Follow in My Footsteps: The Rosencoffs are a long line of Russian ballet stars.
    • Madame Marisha claims she tried not to do this with Julian, but she ultimately did.
      Madame Marisha: I tell myself we didn't force the dance upon our son, but we did keep him with us, so the ballet became part of his world, the most important part. [sighs]
    • By the time Jory comes along, Madame Marisha is over any such qualms about forcing dance onto kids.
  • Large Ham
  • Parental Substitute: She's a bad mother to her actual son Julian, but she's pretty good as a mother figure to Cathy.
  • Stern Teacher

    Madame Zolta 

Naverena Zolta Korovenskov

  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Madame Naverena Zolta Korovenskov
  • Classy Cane: She carries an ivory cane.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She has photos in her office of her dancing when she was young and beautiful.
    Madame Zolta: Beautiful faces don't usually go with great dancers. Beauty thinks it needs no talent and can feed on itself, so it soon dies. Look at me. Once I was young and a great beauty. What do you see now?
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Elderly and under 5 feet tall.
  • The Napoleon:
    She wasn't five feet tall, but radiated six feet of authority.
  • Parental Substitute: Downplayed Trope, but Madame Zolta to Cathy.
    Madame Zolta: [tears in her eyes.] You are my delight, did you know? I think you are the daughter I never had; you take me back to when I was young and thought all life was one big romantic adventure. I'm so afraid life will steal your look of enchantment, your childish wonderment.
  • Stern Teacher: She is strict and demanding as a teacher. She also has moments where she makes it clear that she is very fond of both Cathy and Julian.

    Melodie 

Melodie Richarme

    Toni 

Antonia "Toni" Waters

Alternative Title(s): Flowers In The Attic, Petals On The Wind

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