Study Guide

Delilah in Nine Perfect Strangers

By Liane Moriarty


Hey there, Delilah! (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.)

Of all the staff at Tranquillum House, Delilah probably has the clearest view of what’s going on in this world of wellness. She sees that Yao has a pretty unhealthy attachment to Masha and is ready to follow her off a cliff. She’s also fairly sure that’s Masha’s little protocol change involving drugging the guests without their consent probably isn’t gonna end well.

Trouble is, Delilah can’t be bothered to care about any of this:

Delilah said, “You’re just like me, Lars. You don’t give a s***, do you? You just don’t care.” (63.43)

That pretty much sums up Delilah in a nutshell. She’ll work for Masha as a PA or a wellness consultant. She’ll have sex with Yao and then brush him off. She’s buy LSD on the internet if her boss asks. And, when the poop hits the fan, Delilah will steal a Lamborghini and get her butt out of there.

Zero cares given about anything.

Delilah actually shares something in common with her more famous biblical namesake. Frances wonders at one point “what happened to Delilah after she cut off Samson’s hair?” (11.93) Actually, the Bible never specifies Delilah’s fate—just like we never find out what happened to Delilah in this story.

You gotta watch out for those Delilahs. They’re slippery.