“The Terrapin” by Patricia Highsmith includes two important characters, Victor and his mother. The story also briefly features two secondary characters, Mrs. Badzerkian and Frank, the neighbor.
The short story “The Terrapin” is a psychological narrative focusing on the conflict between the two main characters. The plot of the story follows Victor to an unexpected resolution, foreshadowed by a few hints.
The mother does not realize the full impact her attitude and actions have on Victor, or perhaps she enjoys taunting him. In either case, her abuse of Victor leads to the unexpected resolution of the story.
In what follows, we will offer you a detailed characterization of Victor and his mother as presented in “The Terrapin” by Patricia Highsmith.