At the start of the play we can see Catherine is obedient and submissive

At the start of the play we can see Catherine is obedient and submissive, through the stage directions which state ‘she turned to him’ and ‘she got him a cigar’ However at this point Beatrice is in opposition to him over Catherine takin g the job at the plumbing company, so at this point Catherine is taking care of Eddie, through this Miller raises the question of whether Catherine is play g the role of a daughter or of a wife instead. Her submissive attitude is also demonstrated through the stage direction of ‘she sat at this heels’ But this quote also illustrates that Catherine is quite child-like and naive.