Favorite Line From a Novel

I’m re-reading Pete Dexter’s The Paperboy, and came across this line, which amazes me every time I read it: it reveals the brother’s character, and the narrator’s admiration for him, as well as his amazement in his brother’s deviant behavior. It foreshadows, and it sets up the reason for the narrator to be present as his brother’s driver.

(The brother has been pulled over for drunk driving. He is standing on the side of the road, facing the highway patrolman.)

“And my brother, who, as far as I know, had never in his life asked another human being for a thing that was not his, stood on the road, swaying, and said, ‘Sir, I would be proud to wear your hat.'”


About Loranne Brown

Loranne Brown, MFA: Journalist and novelist (The Handless Maiden, Doubleday Canada 1998) teaches Professional Writing at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. Blog: https://whatisitwithwriting.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @MFAGals @LoranneBrown View all posts by Loranne Brown

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