The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Enzo Character Analysis

The canine narrator of the story; a lab mix. Enzo is owned by Denny, and later Eve and their daughter Zoë as well. Enzo believes his father was an Airedale Terrier because he believes terriers are smart and thinking dogs, and Enzo sees himself as extremely intelligent. However human he wants to be, though, he consistently remarks that he is a dog and will use that to his advantage. He is extremely loyal and does whatever he can to protect his family, including protecting them from the zebra. Through the many hours he spends watching television, Enzo learns as much as he can about humans and dedicates himself to becoming as human-like as possible. Enzo sometimes gets to accompany Denny to the racetrack, which he loves, and while they're at home, the two spend a lot of time watching old race videos of Denny as well as of past racing greats. This immersion in the world of racing leads Enzo to develop a life philosophy based around racing, which he shares with the reader throughout the novel.

Enzo Quotes in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The The Art of Racing in the Rain quotes below are all either spoken by Enzo or refer to Enzo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the HarperCollins edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain published in 2009.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. And while I occasionally step over the line and into the melodramatic, it is what I must do in order to communicate clearly and effectively. In order to make my point understood without question. I have no words I can rely on because, much to my dismay, my tongue was designed long and flat and loose, and therefore, is a horribly ineffective tool for pushing food around my mouth while chewing, and an even less effective tool for making clever and complicated polysyllabic sounds that can be linked together to form sentences.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 1
Explanation and Analysis:

This text opens the novel and introduces the reader to the narrator, Enzo, and several of his most important interests and concerns. The text first makes it clear that Enzo is a dedicated student of communication. He mentions how he must communicate (via sometimes grand and melodramatic gestures), and then how he cannot communicate using human language. This leads to an understanding by the reader that Enzo is not human. Further, we see too that Enzo sees this difference as very much a physical one by the way he discusses his tongue and what it isn't capable of doing.

By making these concerns of Enzo's very clear from the absolute beginning, it underscores how essential these ideas are to understanding the novel as a whole, as well as understanding Enzo and how he sees the world. As Enzo is a dog and therefore sees the world differently than a human might, through his insights the reader is encouraged to consider the characteristics that make humans human and consider as well how communication and language work.

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After the 1993 Grand Prix, the best thing I've ever seen on TV is a documentary that explained everything to me, made it all clear, told the whole truth: when a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television , Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 2
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo is lying on the floor in a puddle of his own urine, waiting for Denny to come home. The purpose of this staged spectacle is for Enzo to impress upon Denny that he can let Enzo go and put him down. Enzo is addressing the reader and explaining why he's okay with dying: he'll be reincarnated as a man.

Throughout the text, Enzo offers ranked lists of things, whether it be the relative intelligence of other animals or his favorite actors. In this very short list, he offers several important ideas that make up his understanding of spirituality and destiny. Ayrton Senna, Enzo's favorite racecar driver, won the 1993 Grand Prix, and is notable in that Enzo idolizes him and would like to be as much like Senna as possible. Then we're provided with the genesis of Enzo's belief in reincarnation, and why it is so important to him. Enzo is very upfront about the fact that he feels very human and he tries to behave in ways that he feels are more human-like, and he has this documentary to thank for giving him this idea.

Also important, however, is the fact that Enzo's relationship with Senna and his belief in reincarnation come from television. Television is often referred to as Enzo's method of education, and we see here how fully he embraces the ideas he comes across during his hours of viewing.

Chapter 6 Quotes

And while I greatly resented the attention Eve lavished on her unborn baby, in retrospect, I realize I had never given her a reason to lavish that same attention on me.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 23
Explanation and Analysis:

Eve and Denny are newly married and Eve has recently become pregnant. Despite a general dislike of the change that Eve brings to his life, Enzo finds himself unable to truly be angry at Eve because he knows she's pregnant, and he begins to pick apart the nuances of his relationship to her in this thought. When Eve joins Denny and Enzo's family, she essentially comes between them rather than simply joining them. Enzo perceives her as a threat and as competition for Denny's attention, and as such, is never particularly warm towards her. This in turn means that Eve is never very warm or affectionate with Enzo, either. However, when Enzo sees her love something else so fully as she loves Zoë before her birth, Enzo realizes the reason for their generally poor relationship. Realizing that the state of their relationship is mostly, if not fully his own responsibility sets Enzo up to later begin to take more responsibility and attempt to change their relationship for the better.

Chapter 7 Quotes

What Eve said was not out of line, as most dogs cannot help themselves... but that sort of thing doesn't apply to me.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 36
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo is describing how he plays chase games with toddler Zoë, which Eve doesn't like because she believes Enzo will bite Zoë. Enzo's response is indicative of his belief that he's more human-like than other dogs, in that what he says is a normal canine instinct simply doesn't apply to him. This idea echoes throughout the novel as Enzo moves freely and fluidly between acting in what he describes as more dog-like or more human-like ways. Essentially, his ability to compartmentalize this instinct, recognize it, and then choose to not follow it is what allows him to behave and think in a more human manner.

But I hadn't a facile tongue. So all I could do was watch and feel empty inside; Eve had assigned me to protect Zoë no matter what, but no one had been assigned to protect Eve. And there was nothing I could do to help her.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 37
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo has just told the reader that he didn't play rough with Zoë as to not worry Eve unnecessarily, because Enzo smells that there's something wrong in Eve's head. The fact that the reader and Enzo know this so early, well before Eve even begins experiencing symptoms of illness, creates a sense of dramatic irony. This leads the reader to begin looking for clues as to what exactly is going on with Eve, and how and when Eve's illness is going to manifest.

Enzo's preoccupation with communication and the physical characteristics of humans is also brought into play here. His lack of "a facile tongue" means that he's unable to do anything to help or warn them of what's to come. However, this leads to more questions about what it means to be human versus what it means to be a dog. While Enzo never voices the hypothetical situation himself, the reader is forced to consider the fact that if Enzo were human, even though he would've had the physical traits that would allow him to voice his concerns, he in theory also wouldn't have a way to know that Eve was ill.

Chapter 8 Quotes

I had always wanted to love Eve as Denny loved her, but I never had because I was afraid. She was my rain. She was my unpredictable element. She was my fear. But a racer should not be afraid of rain; a racer should embrace the rain.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Eve
Related Symbols: Rain
Page Number: 44
Explanation and Analysis:

After first hearing Denny's explanation of how one must drive in the rain and the phrase "that which you manifest is before you," Enzo immediately applies what he's learned to his own life. He turns first to his rocky relationship with Eve, seeing that it is his own actions and his own fear of the change brought about by Eve that created their less-than-perfect relationship. This point of the novel, then, becomes the point at which Enzo decides to do what he can to change his relationship with Eve for the better.

Further, Enzo's thoughts crystallize how rain functions throughout the novel. Rain becomes a symbol for strife and challenge and later often appears during times of struggle.

Chapter 11 Quotes

I've always found great pleasure in the narrative tease. But then, I'm a dramatist. For me, a good story is all about setting up expectations and delivering on them in an exciting and surprising way.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny has returned from a race and is telling Enzo about his win in a particularly dramatic way, which Enzo loves. Enzo's love for the dramatic is indicative of several things. First, remember Enzo's constant refrain that gestures are all that he has, and that in order to communicate effectively his gestures often have to err on the side of the more dramatic. Thus, it follows logically that the methods to create good drama are not just known, but interesting to Enzo. Knowing this, the idea can be expanded to encompass the entirety of the novel. Enzo, as the narrator, has several hundred pages in which to set up expectations and then deliver on them in an exciting manner. This also further supports the idea that Enzo is an unreliable narrator, as he also states explicitly that he cares more for drama than for cold, hard facts.

"Sometimes I think you actually understand me," he said. "It's like there's a person inside there. Like you know everything."

I do, I said to myself. I do.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny (speaker)
Page Number: 61
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny, drunk, has finished telling Enzo about his recent win and has told Enzo that he loves him. Despite Denny's drunkenness, Enzo feels very loved. This exchange encapsulates Denny and Enzo's relationship, as the love and trust between them is obvious. Denny frequently speaks candidly to Enzo, as he does here, and Enzo often answers him, even though he knows that Denny can't hear or understand him. This candid style of speech simultaneously reinforces Enzo's state of being as a dog, as humans around him don't censor themselves while talking around him, while also giving a nod to his internal sense of humanity. It also reinforces Enzo's position as a narrator that, while not all-knowing, has a very different set of knowledge given his position as a dog.

Chapter 12 Quotes

Demon. Gremlin. Poltergeist. Ghost. Phantom. Spirit. Shadow. Ghoul. Devil. People are afraid of them so they relegate their existence to stories, volumes of books that can be closed and put on the shelf or left behind at a bed and breakfast; they clench their eyes shut so they will see no evil. But trust me when I tell you that the zebra is real. Somewhere, the zebra is dancing.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Zoë's Zebra, the Demon
Page Number: 66
Explanation and Analysis:

Eve's episodes are becoming more frequent and getting worse, and Enzo is describing how she explains the pain to him. He turns her pain from simply an intangible idea into a real object or a creature by conflating it with the zebra, as well as this list of other scary entities from stories. He indicates that humans fear these beings and as such try to turn them into stories to minimize the power they hold. This further supports the novel's proposal that stories are a method of exacting power and control. However, Enzo sees through this story with his belief that the zebra cannot be truly controlled by turning it into a scary story. It exists within all of us and there's no containing it, as hard as humans might try.

Chapter 15 Quotes

She rarely called me by my name. They do that in prisoner of war camps, I've heard. Depersonalization.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Trish (speaker)
Page Number: 85
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo is at Trish and Maxwell's house, and Trish has just referred to Enzo as simply "the dog." Enzo finds this very offensive, given that he believes himself to be almost a human in a dog's body. He wants to be treated like a person, since he feels so human, and here he ties being a person to being named. On the flipside, however, Enzo often neglects using Trish and Maxwell's names, referring to them instead as the Twins or the Evil Twins. Essentially, he co-opts this idea of not using someone's name as a method of depersonalization and turns it back on Trish and Maxwell. By doing this, Trish and Maxwell are able to escape having any sort of relationship with Enzo, and Enzo is able to turn Trish and Maxwell into nameless villains who are therefore easier to hate.

Chapter 18 Quotes

Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.
I am ready.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television
Page Number: 98
Explanation and Analysis:

In a pause in the narration, Enzo details the documentary he saw on Mongolia that states that dogs will be reincarnated as men. This documentary provides Enzo with the roadmap for how he sees his life as a dog and how he understands what will happen to his soul in the future. Enzo sees his soul as more human than dog, which provides him with evidence for the fact that he's ready to be reincarnated as a man. Further, since seeing this documentary, he's spent his life as a dog studying human behavior by both observing the humans around him as well as watching television in the hopes that his soul will retain what it's learned about humanity and will therefore be an even better human when it finally resides in a human body. By holding this belief so strongly in his mind, Enzo can be said to be manifesting his soul's future, adding another layer to his conception of destiny and spirituality by giving him the control to dictate his reincarnation.

Chapter 19 Quotes

Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 101
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny, Mike, and Enzo are sitting in the parking lot of the hospital where Eve has been taken after getting a concussion. Enzo is listening to Denny and Mike's conversation, and he addresses the reader directly to implore them to listen. Enzo's respect for the power of language is apparent, and he sees conversation between two people with this power as essentially a power struggle. Despite wanting desperately to be able to speak and therefore engage in this struggle himself, Enzo understands how important it is to share power by listening. In this way, a person can learn and become involved with those around them in a more meaningful way, as listening is one way to create a sense of love and caring.

Chapter 23 Quotes

So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is comprised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 119
Explanation and Analysis:

Eve has just been moved to Trish and Maxwell's house after being released from the hospital, and Trish, Maxwell, and Denny are talking in the kitchen about the situation going forward while Enzo looks on. Enzo notes here that while gestures are all that he has, as a mute dog, human communication is composed of a much more complex symphony of language and non-verbal gestures. Here, he indicates that as someone who relies on gestures because he cannot rely on the verbal aspect of communication, he's more in tune with the gestures and non-verbal elements of human communication. While this causes the reader to consider how this non-verbal communication works, it also sets up an expectation and a desire to look for these non-verbal communications throughout the rest of the novel.

I marveled at them both; how difficult it must be to be a person. To constantly subvert your desires. To worry about doing the right thing, rather than doing what is most expedient.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Zoë
Page Number: 122
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny and Zoë have just decided that Zoë will stay with Trish, Maxwell, and Eve while Eve is ill. Enzo sees that neither Zoë nor Denny truly want to do this, but agree to it in order to make other people happy. Enzo sees this as a sacrifice that is clearly and truly human, and this insight gives more nuance to how Enzo differentiates between dogs and humans. Were he given the choice, Enzo, presumably, would not agree to stay with Eve because of his desire as a dog to do what is expedient and most wanted. Realizing this about himself and about the people around him gives Enzo a bit of an existential crisis as he realizes that being human is not just about being able to form language and possessing opposable thumbs, but exerting mental energy on painful decisions such as this one.

Chapter 25 Quotes

The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles—preferably of his own making—in order to triumph. A hero without a flaw is of no interest to an audience or to the universe, which, after all, is based on conflict and opposition, the irresistible force meeting the unmovable object.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 135
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny, Zoë, and Enzo are in the mountains visiting Eve's family, and Enzo is gearing up to share what happened that week between Denny and Annika. In this analysis of what makes a hero, Enzo's love for storytelling and television shine. By proposing that a hero can't be a hero without flaws or self-made obstacles, Enzo begins to humanize Denny and set up key elements of the story to follow. This discussion creates dramatic tension, as it becomes apparent that Denny, our hero, is about to face a flaw or an obstacle of his own making. However, it also makes it clear that Denny, as the hero of the story, is going to triumph. Knowing this now, this allows Enzo to take dramatic liberties with the telling of the story without sacrificing or jeopardizing the reader's knowledge that Denny is a true hero who will triumph in the end.

Chapter 28 Quotes

I needed to feel myself, understand myself and this horrible world we are all trapped in, where bugs and tumors and viruses worm their way into our brains and lay their putrid eggs that hatch and eat us alive from the inside out.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve
Page Number: 164
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny and Enzo have just learned of Eve's death and Enzo, overcome with grief and emotion, is running wild through the woods. As he runs, he's looking for some way to understand and make sense of Eve's death. He sees the world as a trap or as a prison, and turns inside himself to try to find a way out. This is also one place where Enzo's characterization of disease as a true living thing is most apparent. Illness and death are not just abstract ideas or actions; they're egg-laying bugs, tumors, and viruses. By turning illness and death into concrete entities, Enzo is better able to understand how they work and how to avoid death. We also see how in this time of heightened emotion, Enzo returns fully to being a dog and doesn't try to be human. In order to obtain some sense of understanding, he must be what he truly is.

Chapter 30 Quotes

Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Related Symbols: Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 178
Explanation and Analysis:

This is part of one of Enzo's deviations from the narrative to discuss racing strategy. These asides serve the purpose of providing a way for the reader to connect racing and racing strategy to the overarching narrative. Here, Maxwell and Trish have just sued Denny for Zoë's custody. This aside, then, sets the stage for the ensuing battle between Denny and Trish and Maxwell. By stating that a smart driver will always win, and making it clear that the fight of a race is about discipline rather than just speed, Enzo makes it clear that the fight for Zoë is going to be fought with intelligence rather than brute strength. Further, the reader is also encouraged to see Denny as the disciplined, smart driver, essentially alluding to his ultimate “win.”

Chapter 32 Quotes

I didn't care for the sensation, yet I realized it was possibly a natural progression of my evolving soul, and therefore I tried my best to embrace it.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 188
Explanation and Analysis:

The day after Eve's death, Enzo is at the garage with Denny, and he feels uncharacteristically anxious. Despite Enzo's attempt to explain away this anxiety, the reader is forced to question if there's a better reason for it than the one that Enzo offers. Again, we also see how Enzo conceptualizes being human. He connects feeling anxiety in this particular way with humanity, which provides further insight into how Enzo believes dogs and humans differ. Notice too that he uses the fact that he's experiencing this anxiety to further support his belief that his soul is more human than dog. Essentially, Enzo is continually on the lookout for instances like this that support his theory, and rather than attribute his anxiety to the fact that there may indeed be something to be anxious about, he chooses to interpret it in this very specific manner that supports his beliefs.

Chapter 33 Quotes

My intent, here, is to tell our story in a dramatically truthful way. While the facts may be less than accurate, please understand that the emotion is true. The intent is true. And, dramatically speaking, intention is everything.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 196
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny has just been arrested for rape, and Enzo is explaining to the reader how he will go about telling the story of what happened in the three years following Eve's death. Because Enzo is a dog and therefore didn't get to witness much of what happened firsthand, he sets out to use his knowledge of legal proceedings gleaned from courtroom dramas to tell the story. With this admission, Enzo is once again set up as an unreliable narrator. Essentially, the reader can't truly know what is fact and what is fiction from this point until Denny wins his case. This does several things, and first underscores Enzo's love for the dramatic. By unapologetically fabricating drama, Enzo is able to feed his need for dramatic storytelling, which in turn makes for a more enjoyable reading experience. However, the reader is then asked to question the truth of Enzo's statement that intention is everything. Is the story more successful when it contains the exact truth and nothing but, or does it matter that the story is embellished?

Chapter 37 Quotes

I thought of Eve and how quickly she embraced her death once the people around her agreed to it; I considered the foretelling of my own end, which was to be full of suffering and pain, as death is believed to be by most of the world, and I tried to look away.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve
Page Number: 218
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo has just received his diagnosis of hip dysplasia and is considering how he will handle his diagnosis. In this moment, it becomes very clear how Enzo uses his belief of destiny and "manifesting" to make sense of what's happening around him. He sees that the people around Eve essentially manifested her death, and she had no choice but to follow that belief and die as expected. Seeing this and understanding how it happened, Enzo applies what he learned watching it play out with Eve and then vows to do the exact opposite. He's pitting the manifesting of his vet and of Denny that he's going to die a painful death against his own manifesting that he can try to avoid that at all costs.

Chapter 47 Quotes

He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave. And I knew, as Denny sped me toward the doctor who would fix me, that if I had already accomplished what I set out to accomplish here on earth, if I had already learned what I was meant to learn, I would have left the curb one second later than I had, and I would have been killed instantly by that car.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Related Symbols: Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 257
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo is in the back of Denny's car heading for the vet after being hit by a car. While he lies there, he tells the reader about the mystery surrounding Ayrton Senna's death. Enzo's belief in destiny and the idea that things and events are meant to be is apparent. Rather than simply believing in chance or accidents, he tries to make sense of events by relating them to racing and the mysterious lives of those he admires. Essentially, Enzo uses what he knows about Senna's death to inform his own beliefs about how death, and the timing of death, works in his own life. While Enzo doesn't say specifically what he still has to learn before he can die, the suggestion that he still has more to do or learn makes the reader look for that lesson throughout the rest of the novel.

Chapter 49 Quotes

When it rained, it never rained on Senna.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Rain , Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 268
Explanation and Analysis:

After Enzo keeps Denny from signing a sub-par legal settlement, the two later watch the 1984 Grand Prix of Monaco race tape. It was a rainy day and Senna was doing very well, but the race was canceled due to the rain. Remember that rain symbolizes struggle and challenges, while Senna is explored as a mythical figure and conflated with Denny.

At this point in the text, Denny is nearing the end of his legal battles, and he's come away from not signing the settlement renewed and reinvigorated. When Enzo's statement is applied to Denny's situation, it creates a sense that Denny is of course going to be victorious, because he's so much like Senna and the rain, or his challenges, can't truly touch him. Enzo, the dramatist, plays these moments of true hope and certainty of Denny's success off of descriptions of the extremely low points that Denny experiences. This serves to create drama, as Enzo certainly knows, as well as leading the reader to question the power of Enzo's belief system. Will Denny truly come out victorious, when his challenges are as great as they are?

Chapter 53 Quotes

Tears ran down Denny's mother's cheeks during the entire encounter, raindrops spotting Zoë's flower-print dress.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Zoë, Denny's Mother
Related Symbols: Rain
Page Number: 287
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo is describing Denny's mother, who is blind, meeting Zoë, her granddaughter, for the first time. Denny's parents agreed to help Denny pay for his lawsuit in exchange for finally getting to meet their granddaughter. Rain in this instance alludes to not only challenges and strife, but the idea that hope and renewal are able to exist after a cleansing rain—and Denny's mother herself represents this idea of cleansing rain. With her visit, she effects positive change in the course of Denny's legal struggles, essentially helping to clear the more negative rain with her tears and the hope her tears offer.

This instance also suggests just how vitally important family is to the novel. The prospect of getting to meet her granddaughter causes Denny's mother to end a years-long absence from Denny's life. Again then, love is shown to be the most powerful motivator of all.

Chapter 56 Quotes

But sometimes the truth is hidden in a hall of mirrors. Sometimes we believe we are viewing the real thing, when in fact we are viewing a facsimile, a distortion. As I listen to this trial, I am reminded of the climactic scene of a James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond escaped his hall of mirrors by breaking the glass, shattering the illusions, until only the true villain stood before him. We, too, must shatter the mirrors. We must look into ourselves and root out the distortions until that thing which we know in our hearts is perfect and true, stands before us. Only then will justice be served.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television
Page Number: 301
Explanation and Analysis:

Enzo and Tony are sitting outside the courthouse on Denny's final day in court, and Enzo has fallen asleep. He dreams that he gets to testify, and this is his opening statement to the jury. By using the James Bond film as a metaphor, it becomes obvious how much Enzo's television viewing has influenced his worldview. Further, even though this is a dream, the reader gets a glimpse of what Enzo might say if he were given a way to speak. While Enzo often replies to statements and questions spoken by others, they're usually short and quippy rather than long and poetic as this monologue is. Notice as well that as Enzo is encouraging the jury to look within themselves to find what is perfect and true, Enzo is also looking within himself to find the part of himself that is human and capable of speech. This suggests that the "human" parts of Enzo are the parts of him that are the most true, further supporting his belief that he's more human than dog.

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Enzo Character Timeline in The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Chapter 1
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The door opens and Enzo hears Denny call for him. Usually, Enzo gets up despite the pain, but he uses... (full context)
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Denny places Enzo in the bathtub and apologizes for being late. Denny trails off, and Enzo realizes that... (full context)
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After the tape ends, Denny suggests he and Enzo go out. Denny helps Enzo stand, and the two leave the apartment. They only go... (full context)
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Enzo says he's sure his father was a terrier, because terriers are problem solvers who will... (full context)
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The day that Enzo left the farm, it was extremely hot. As he and his littermates tussled, a hand... (full context)
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Stepping out of the narrative of his puppyhood, Enzo talks about watching racing videos with Denny. Denny always says that when driving in the... (full context)
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Enzo watches Eve and Denny have sex for the first time, saying that Eve said "the... (full context)
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Many shows discuss Darwin at length. The educational shows Enzo's watched on evolution are very well thought out and researched in Enzo's opinion, although he... (full context)
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Enzo's theory is that primates are not the closest relatives to humans, as those on TV... (full context)
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Enzo believes that the domestication of dogs is motivated by the fear that if left to... (full context)
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Enzo's second case-in-point is the werewolf. When the man steps out of the forest on the... (full context)
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At first, Enzo resents how Eve changes his and Denny's lives, particularly the attention Denny pays to her... (full context)
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Not long after Eve moves in with Denny and Enzo, she and Denny are married in a small ceremony that Enzo gets to attend. Eve's... (full context)
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After the family returns from the wedding, Enzo notices that Eve is much bolder in her moving and replacing of household things. Enzo,... (full context)
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Enzo resents the attention Eve pays to the unborn baby, but in retrospect, he realizes that... (full context)
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Enzo describes how Eve interacts with the baby before it is born, touching it through her... (full context)
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On the day the baby arrives, Enzo is two years old. Denny is in Daytona for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona... (full context)
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Regardless, the timing is wrong according to Enzo. On race day, a week before she is due, Eve feels contractions and calls her... (full context)
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Eve puts a hand down and lets it dangle. Enzo doesn't want to assume she is calling him, but catches her eye and knows she... (full context)
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...changes when he holds the baby, whom they name Zoë after Eve's grandmother. Denny asks Enzo if he sees his little angel, to which Enzo mentally replies that he practically birthed... (full context)
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...Maxwell, had been in the apartment since Zoë's birth to care for her and Eve. Enzo begins calling them “the Twins” because they dress exactly the same and both smell of... (full context)
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Enzo isn't sure what's going on. Denny is distraught, and later when Mike comes over for... (full context)
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...shop that only worked on expensive German cars. Denny likes this job, but he and Enzo don't get to spend weekends together anymore. Some weekends, Denny teaches at high-performance driver's education... (full context)
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...Zoë but Eve insists on putting Zoë in daycare. With everyone out of the house, Enzo is left home alone. He spends the hours napping and staring out the window at... (full context)
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...the weather on the television in the morning and forgets to turn the TV off. Enzo is enthralled with the Weather Channel. He says it's not about weather, but rather it's... (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo what he's watching, as though he's asking Eve or Zoë. Eve and Zoë are in... (full context)
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Enzo says that he watched plenty of TV prior to this moment, but only when others... (full context)
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Being so immersed in his education, Enzo loses count of the weeks and is surprised when Zoë's second birthday arrives. Denny and... (full context)
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...shows it to Eve, she starts to cry. They laugh and cry, and Denny shows Enzo the photo. It's of a house. Enzo is confused, but very soon there are boxes... (full context)
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...day when Denny comes home from work, he greets Eve and Zoë and then takes Enzo outside to play fetch. When Zoë grows big enough, she and Enzo run and Enzo... (full context)
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Partially, Enzo doesn't want to give Eve anything to worry about because he can tell she’s sick.... (full context)
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One summer weekend, Denny and Enzo sit down in front of the TV to study a tape of an enduro race... (full context)
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...they watch, Denny strategically passes a Camaro, and Denny translates his strategy for Eve and Enzo. Eve remarks that Denny is driving as though the track isn't wet. (full context)
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...watches for another minute before standing up and leaving for the kitchen while Denny and Enzo continue to watch. (full context)
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Denny says nothing more as he and Enzo keep watching, but Enzo mulls over what Denny just said. It's a simple concept, he... (full context)
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Eve is self-conscious about Enzo's presence, but Enzo believes she simply doesn't understand his intentions. As she gets caught up... (full context)
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...France for an expensive testing program, which Denny told Mike his parents had paid for. Enzo had his doubts, but decided it didn't matter. Regardless, Denny had done very well because... (full context)
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...Channel. Zoë drives around in her little racecar and pretends to be a champion, and Enzo is so excited he spends time doing "idiotic dog things" like chasing things and digging... (full context)
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...of the race in so much pain that she vomits repeatedly. She speaks candidly to Enzo, saying she doesn't know what's wrong with her. Enzo notes that the last time she... (full context)
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Enzo takes a break from the story to discuss some racing strategy and theory. Ideally, a... (full context)
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...to be, is still in control of the car and can still complete the race. Enzo finishes, saying that if the driver's manifesting is good, he may even win. (full context)
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Returning to the narrative, Enzo takes stock of his situation, locked in the house alone. He thinks that Eve is... (full context)
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On the second night, Enzo says, he thinks he started hallucinating after eating some long-forgotten yogurt remnants on Zoë's high... (full context)
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Seeing Enzo, the zebra begins to dance and then starts sexually assaulting one of Zoë's Barbie dolls.... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Enzo hears Denny's taxi pull up outside. As Denny enters the house, he steps right onto... (full context)
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Hearing crying, Enzo and Eve look over and see Zoë weeping in the hallway and Eve rushes to... (full context)
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Denny's towering anger fills the room, and he rises up and strikes Enzo on the head, yelling "bad dog!" When he moves to hit Enzo again, Eve protects... (full context)
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Enzo slinks towards Zoë, understanding her pain since he knows so much about her fantasy world.... (full context)
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Later that evening, Enzo finds Denny on the porch drinking hard liquor. Enzo approaches cautiously, but Denny pats the... (full context)
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Enzo, brimming with anticipation, says he loves when Denny talks like this, dragging out the drama.... (full context)
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...most of six months away from home. He asks if he's willing to do that. Enzo is torn. He thinks about how much Denny loves racing, but he notes the pit... (full context)
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Denny says he can't believe Eve left Enzo for days, even if she did have a virus that made her unable to think.... (full context)
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Blathering and drunk, Denny tells Enzo he loves him. Enzo feels the love and feels proud for surviving, laying his head... (full context)
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Enzo describes Eve's condition as elusive and unpredictable: one day headaches, the next nausea, another dizziness... (full context)
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...see a doctor and get medication, but she refuses. Denny doesn't understand, as Eve and Enzo do, that a doctor couldn't actually explain or treat the true cause of her illness. (full context)
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Enzo understands Denny's frustration at his inability to do anything, likening it to being locked in... (full context)
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Enzo notes that sometimes, bad things happen to racecars in the middle of races, like losing... (full context)
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...stress. This does not, however, allow him to continue to engage Eve in physical affection. Enzo believes that Denny's prioritization was appropriate. (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says he sees green as gray and red as black, but... (full context)
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Enzo says that Denny simply delegated his love-giving of Eve to Enzo. When Eve experienced episodes,... (full context)
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Enzo discusses demons, ghosts, phantoms, and spirits. He says people are afraid of them and therefore... (full context)
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...Despite Denny's concern, Eve continues to refuse to see a doctor. One evening after dinner, Enzo notes the odd occurrence that Denny and Eve both appeared naked in their bedroom. They... (full context)
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Crows are sinister bastards, according to Enzo. Since they're the smaller cousin of the raven, they're resentful of being genetically dwarfed. Enzo... (full context)
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Not long after they moved into their house, Enzo had a crow experience that made them hate him. Denny always picks up Enzo's excrement... (full context)
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...in a neighbor's fountain and then returned, angry, and sat on the lawn staring at Enzo, taunting him to come out. Enzo didn't and the crows left. When Denny got home... (full context)
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Enzo says the clues were there—Denny spent the winter obsessively playing a racing video game, racing... (full context)
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Enzo mentally collects himself, saying that he's a racer at heart, and racers never let something... (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo to look over the girls, hugs Zoë, and kisses Eve. As he turns away, Eve... (full context)
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The first two races go well for Zoë, Eve, and Enzo, but poorly for Denny, who finishes 24th and 30th. Denny is frustrated, saying over dinner... (full context)
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Enzo hears Eve stand and gather plates and tell Zoë to eat her nuggets. Zoë declares... (full context)
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...vehemently refuses. Denny groans and agrees to try to fix it at home. Zoë and Enzo stand in the doorway, watching, and Denny asks Zoë if she can find bandages for... (full context)
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Enzo leads Zoë to the living room where she turns on a kids' show. When Denny... (full context)
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Enzo leaves, feeling as though they'd resolved their issues. He looks for dropped food in the... (full context)
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The following weekend when Denny is away racing, Eve, Zoë, and Enzo go to stay with Trish and Maxwell. Eve's hand is bandaged, which Enzo thinks means... (full context)
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...wonders where they went wrong with Eve. After a minute of silence, Trish comments that Enzo is watching Maxwell. Maxwell offers Enzo a pepper, which he takes, despite the fact that... (full context)
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The pepper is unpleasant—Enzo swallows quickly, thinking his stomach acid will take care of the unpleasant sensation, but it... (full context)
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...man from Ferrari who is in town visiting Don Kitch, Jr., Seattle's best racing tutor. Enzo begins spending time in the dining room, against his personal code, to be closer to... (full context)
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...says it was his for being where he could get hit. Despite this, Denny, Eve, Enzo, and Zoë are crushed. Enzo says they came so close to greatness, and greatness smells... (full context)
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One day Denny and Eve sit on the porch while Enzo soaks up the sun and Zoë plays in the sprinkler. Eve suggests that maybe “it”... (full context)
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...her a bad reaction. She asks Denny if he understands, and he says he does. Enzo says he does too. He says the track is such an energetic experience, noisy and... (full context)
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...leave a cupful of babies in the fridge for her, and Eve continues to laugh. Enzo doesn't understand the joke. Eve gets up, goes in the house, and returns with the... (full context)
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Enzo begins, saying the car goes where your eyes go. The family goes to Denny Creek... (full context)
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...Denny stands downstream and they slide Zoë down the rocks as she splashes and laughs. Enzo says that people and dogs love repetition because even though each incident is similar, it's... (full context)
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...Denny keeps waking her up. Eve, Denny, and Zoë go into the hospital and leave Enzo in the car with the windows cracked. He curls up and sleeps. (full context)
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Stepping out of the narrative, Enzo tells the reader that in Mongolia, when a dog dies, they bury him high in... (full context)
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Hours later, Denny returns and lets Enzo out of the car. Denny apologizes for leaving Enzo and pulls out a package of... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo sit on the curb. Enzo knows Denny is upset and sits with him quietly. Enzo... (full context)
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Enzo then tells the reader why he'll be a good person: he listens. He never interrupts... (full context)
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...out if he were Denny. Denny says he is freaking out, and both Mike and Enzo say that they can't tell, which is probably what makes Denny such a good driver. (full context)
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Denny gives Mike the keys to his house, telling him where Enzo's food is and how to ask Enzo to find his dog, his favorite toy. After... (full context)
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Mike takes Enzo to the house to get Enzo's things. He asks, "where's your dog?" as instructed, which... (full context)
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...asks how it was, and Mike pours a drink in response. Mike's wife picks up Enzo's dog and asks if they have to keep it, and Mike sighs that everyone needs... (full context)
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Enzo wants to hate Tony and everyone else for splitting up his family and washing his... (full context)
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Because he's a dog, Enzo doesn't get to go to the hospital to hear what the doctors have to say... (full context)
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Eve stays in the hospital for weeks. Denny cares for Enzo and Zoë, and visits Eve regularly, and these tasks take up all of his time.... (full context)
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...Denny a break, and Eve supports the idea. Denny is hesitant but agrees. He and Enzo do everything they used to do—jogging, watching movies, ordering pizza, watching racing tapes. They go... (full context)
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After dinner, Denny stands up, takes Enzo outside, and then says he has to go see Eve, telling Enzo to stay. Enzo... (full context)
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The Tuesday after Zoë's weekend with Trish and Maxwell, she and Enzo play in the back yard. After running around for a while, she calls Enzo over... (full context)
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...arrives and Zoë is very excited to start kindergarten. On the first day, Denny and Enzo walk her down the street to the bus stop and wait with other parents and... (full context)
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One evening at the hospital, Enzo listens to Denny, Maxwell, and Trish talk while Zoë works on a book of mazes.... (full context)
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The following Saturday, Denny, Zoë, and Enzo go to Trish and Maxwell's house. The living room now has a fancy moveable bed... (full context)
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Denny calls from the back door that Eve is here, and Zoë and Enzo come inside. Trish and an unknown man help a “mannequin” with dead eyes into the... (full context)
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...and shows everyone her scars, and, wearing her own dress rather than the hospital gown, Enzo says she looks almost normal. Eve tries to read a book to Zoë but can't... (full context)
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Wandering into the kitchen, Enzo finds Denny conferencing again with Trish and Maxwell. The Twins say that they think Zoë... (full context)
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...and remarks that Grandma and Grandpa really want her to stay. Denny is upset, and Enzo notes that Zoë seems to understand what's going on despite the situation being far too... (full context)
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Later that night, Enzo finds Denny sitting with Eve, saying that he wants to stay too. Eve says no,... (full context)
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Everyone goes to sleep except for the nurse, who soon wakes Enzo and leads him to the garage. Enzo is puzzled, thinking that he wouldn't disturb Eve,... (full context)
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Hours later, Eve appears and calls Enzo back into the living room. She tells him she needs him and not to go... (full context)
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...Eve and Zoë nightly, but by Thanksgiving, he only visits twice per week. Denny gives Enzo positive updates on Eve, but Enzo sees her on the weekends and knows that she... (full context)
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Occasionally, Denny keeps Zoë overnight during the week and he and Enzo get to walk her to the bus stop. On these mornings, the house is filled... (full context)
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Around the fire pit one night, Enzo notices that Denny has an admirer, Annika. She is a young teenager whom Denny apparently... (full context)
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Pausing the narrative, Enzo asks who Achilles is without his tendon, and says that since he himself is mute,... (full context)
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...cousins implore them to stay, but Denny insists on leaving. Zoë, in the backseat with Enzo, is frightened of the car slipping on the ice, and Enzo works himself into a... (full context)
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...they just missed the closing of a highway due to flash flooding and rock slides. Enzo thinks to himself to beware the whimsy of Fate, for she's a “mean bitch of... (full context)
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...the bathroom. He goes to his bedroom, sits down on the bed, and falls asleep. Enzo lies down and falls asleep with him. A short while later, Enzo opens his eyes... (full context)
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Enzo says he has to believe that what Annika did was without Denny's consent. Finally, thinking... (full context)
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...continues the process of dying while she and Zoë remain with Trish and Maxwell, but Enzo says that Denny is allowing himself one diversion. He received a job offer to drive... (full context)
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The track is beautiful, new, and well maintained. After they arrive, Denny and Enzo go out to jog on the track and Denny explains that he's looking for visual... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo cruise onto the track and take several slow laps as Denny studies the track, explaining... (full context)
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On the first of May, Denny and Enzo are invited to Trish and Maxwell's for dinner. Eve is absent, and Enzo finds it... (full context)
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Returning to the living room, Enzo waits with Denny until Eve comes out of the bathroom, assisted by a nurse. Eve... (full context)
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Eve sits on the sofa while Denny gets Zoë ready for bed. Eve calls Enzo to her and scratches his ears. She tells him that she knows everyone is disappointed,... (full context)
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Enzo says he doesn't know everything, but he knew that Eve was right about the doctors... (full context)
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The next morning, Denny and Enzo, unaware of Eve's passing, head to a dog park to play fetch. As Denny and... (full context)
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Enzo, for the first time and the last time in his life, runs away from Denny.... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that while what he did in the park was selfish, it was... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo are perplexed, and Denny tells Trish and Maxwell they can't have custody. Trish tries to... (full context)
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Zoë returns to the adults and crawls into Denny's lap. Enzo watches Denny's face change, and Denny tells Zoë to pack her things, telling her they're... (full context)
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In a pause in the narrative, Enzo discusses driving strategy. He says that sometimes, a driver being chased by another competitor will... (full context)
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The next day, Zoë insists on going to school. Denny and Enzo drive her to school and then continue to a coffee shop. Denny purchases coffee and... (full context)
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...but Denny refuses, saying he needs to work and keep moving, and that he's taking Enzo with him to work today. As he gathers his things, Mark tells Denny that watching... (full context)
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Enzo spends the day in the garage, feeling anxious in what he deems a very human... (full context)
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...offers them a car wash, which they refuse. The officers go into the lobby and Enzo goes through the doors into the lobby as well. Mike is at the counter and... (full context)
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...dragging out the drama. They finally answer, "the one you raped," and lead Denny away. Enzo remarks to the reader that he despised the cop for what he was doing, but... (full context)
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Enzo explains to the reader that what happened to Denny concerning the custody suit and the... (full context)
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Enzo begins to relate his story. He says the police took Denny to a small windowed... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that hands are the windows to a man's soul, and you can... (full context)
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Later that night, Mike and Tony bring Enzo to Denny's house. Denny tells them he doesn't want to talk about what's happening, and... (full context)
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Heading into the kitchen, Enzo worries that Denny lied and they do have a gas oven, but Denny goes to... (full context)
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Later, Denny appears in the doorway and tells Enzo he put the booze away. He returns to the living room and Enzo joins him,... (full context)
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Enzo describes how much he loves the drizzle Seattle is known for, since a light rain... (full context)
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Enzo and Denny walk north and once they reach the park, Denny unclips Enzo's leash and... (full context)
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Finally, Enzo sees a temporary tent with many nicely dressed people, and he notices Zoë. He says... (full context)
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...to them and tells her sons to leave, and then tries to reason with Denny. Enzo notices that Denny's eyes are full of tears, and Zoë tells him that it's okay... (full context)
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...lonely to take advantage of a fifteen-year-old, and Denny abruptly tells Zoë that he and Enzo will watch from a spot far away. Denny and Enzo walk to a hill top... (full context)
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The following morning, Enzo finds that he can barely move. He says that by now he's eight years old,... (full context)
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Enzo explains that he learned his hips were abnormal very young, when he became old enough... (full context)
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Enzo continues and says that he doesn't know why Eve distrusted medicine, but his own distrust... (full context)
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When Doc applied salve to the wounds, he whispered to Enzo that it's a mean bastard who won't pay for anesthetic, but Enzo tells the reader... (full context)
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Returning to the present, Denny takes Enzo to the vet where he is diagnosed with hip dysplasia and prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. On... (full context)
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...restraining order that means Denny isn't allowed to see Zoë for several months. Denny and Enzo are wracked with grief. Mark Fein negotiates a letter exchange between Denny and Zoë, and... (full context)
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The made up story, while successful, forgot to account for Enzo's whereabouts, leading Trish and Maxwell to panic when Zoë asks to see him. Denny tells... (full context)
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When Mike brings Enzo back to Denny on Saturday evening, Denny eagerly pesters Mike for updates on Zoë. Mike... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Denny was offered several jobs throughout the summer that... (full context)
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One weekend that summer, Denny finds a teaching job in Spokane, and Mike arranges for Enzo to spend the weekend with Zoë, Trish, and Maxwell. The night that Enzo arrives, he... (full context)
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The following afternoon, as Enzo naps on the porch while Trish and Maxwell drink their afternoon cocktails, he overhears their... (full context)
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Enzo, stunned, thinks that despite their clever tricks, they don't understand Denny's persistence. He continues to... (full context)
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When Maxwell opens the door to let Enzo outside later that night, Enzo thinks about what Maxwell is doing to Enzo's family. Enzo... (full context)
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...in the morning wearing a suit and returns late in the afternoon. He smiles at Enzo, and behind him is Zoë. The family spends a joyous afternoon playing, and after dinner,... (full context)
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Enzo finally understands that the trial that day had been only about Zoë's custody and not... (full context)
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In another narrative pause, Enzo introduces the reader to a forgotten historical driver, Luigi Chinetti. Chinetti is best known for... (full context)
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...Zoë to museums, zoos, and the aquarium, and sometimes he takes her to the go-karts. Enzo says that she was just big enough to fit the first time he took her,... (full context)
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...he tries to pass her. She blocks him, again and again, and wins the race. Enzo is so happy that he doesn't mind sitting in the car while Zoë and Denny... (full context)
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Enzo notes that Denny has a secret. He says that while Trish and Maxwell may restrict... (full context)
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Spring has come, and Enzo is with Denny at an outdoor cafe, meeting with Mark Fein. Enzo sleeps and notes... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Mark Fein suggested to Denny that if he quit... (full context)
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Enzo relates an experience watching one of Denny's races long ago, where, on the second to... (full context)
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...Denny pays his account with Mark Fein, Mark is appointed to be a circuit judge. Enzo admits he knows little about this except that it's a lifetime appointment that you don't... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he has an imaginary friend called King Karma. He says that... (full context)
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Enzo says that that winter was especially hard for him, although he's unsure if it was... (full context)
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Enzo says that looking back, his state of mind attracted the car to him. It's snowing... (full context)
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Lying on the pavement, Enzo thinks of how stupid he is for wanting to become a man when he was... (full context)
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As Enzo lies in the backseat of Denny's car on the way to the vet that night,... (full context)
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...the track at 190mph and he was killed instantly when suspension pierced his helmet. Or, Enzo suggests, he died in the helicopter en route to the hospital, or he died on... (full context)
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Enzo thinks of this on the trip to the vet, and tells the reader that if... (full context)
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At the vet, Enzo remembers the doctor manipulating his hips painfully, and then he was given a shot and... (full context)
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At home, Denny sits on his bed with Enzo and tells Enzo that he can't keep going. He tells Enzo that he can't even... (full context)
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A few weeks later, Denny and Enzo go to Mike and Tony's house. Tony is out, but Mike and Denny sit in... (full context)
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Enzo looks more closely at the pen, which is a souvenir pen with sliding figures from... (full context)
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Enzo, thankful for the pain medication he's still on, snatches the papers off the table and... (full context)
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At this, Mike and Denny finally laugh. Enzo goes to Denny, and Mike suggests calling Mr. Lawrence for another copy, but Denny tells... (full context)
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When they get home, Denny bathes Enzo and then puts on one of Enzo's favorite races, the 1984 Grand Prix of Monaco,... (full context)
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That summer, Enzo turns ten. His hips had healed poorly after being hit by the car, but vowing... (full context)
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...agrees, and Luca asks Denny to drive. They head off onto the track and Don, Enzo, and the students head to the bleachers to watch. Don cryptically says that Denny has... (full context)
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As winter arrives, Enzo is having more trouble with his hips and has developed a mild case of urinary... (full context)
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Suddenly, Denny and Enzo stop as they notice Annika, now 17 or 18, sitting at a café down the... (full context)
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...Annika's table, Denny acts surprised and greets her. Annika, also acting surprised, greets Denny and Enzo. Enzo greets her enthusiastically, inwardly seething. Denny asks if they can talk, asking Annika's friend... (full context)
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...apologizes and implores Annika to not take Zoë away from him, and then he and Enzo leave the girls. As they walk away, he tells Enzo that he thinks Annika heard... (full context)
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An elderly couple stands in Denny's doorway, and Enzo tells the reader that he doesn't recognize them at all. Denny embraces them, takes their... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that if he'd known he was meeting Denny's parents, he... (full context)
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...right by Denny, but this will make it right. They leave the following morning, and Enzo notes that their visit was brief but powerful, and life will soon begin again. (full context)
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Enzo pauses for another discussion of racing strategy. He tells the reader that a driver must... (full context)
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Thanks to Mike's prodding questions, Enzo learns the story of Denny's parents over the next few days. His mother began going... (full context)
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Enzo narrates the commencement of the trial, but notes that what he is telling the reader... (full context)
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...and Denny are all tense, as this was the day that would decide Denny's future. Enzo says he later learned that Mr. Lawrence began with an impassioned opening statement, and the... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he would've asked in what way the events tormented her, by... (full context)
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Later in the afternoon, Enzo and Tony are at the cafe. Enzo is dozing as Tony pockets his cell phone.... (full context)
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Tony and Enzo escape the rain under an awning. Enzo wishes he could intervene in the courtroom, and... (full context)
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In Enzo's dream, Mr. Lawrence calls Enzo to the stand. The prosecution objects, but the judge asks... (full context)
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Pausing, Enzo then says that Denny did nothing to Annika, but that it was clear that she... (full context)
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Enzo wakes to hear Denny's voice saying it's over. Denny continues and says that Annika recanted.... (full context)
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Enzo glances around and sees Annika leaving the courthouse with her family. Enzo says he realized... (full context)
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As Denny works, the phone rings, and he answers it on speaker. Enzo hears Luca Pantoni's voice. Denny thanks him for calling and tells him that his issues... (full context)
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...Denny thanks him, and Luca welcomes Denny to Ferrari. After they say goodbye, Denny offers Enzo his cookie dough-caked fingers to lick. Denny tells Enzo that sometimes he believes. (full context)
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The morning of Zoë's arrival, Enzo hears Denny in the kitchen making breakfast. Enzo thinks about death, and thinks that while... (full context)
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When Enzo reaches the kitchen Denny asks him how he's feeling, and Enzo silently replies that he... (full context)
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Enzo goes to Denny and Denny scratches Enzo's ears. Enzo's legs buckle and he falls. Denny... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he knows that racing in the rain is about balance, anticipation,... (full context)
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Enzo says he saw a documentary on Mongolia, which said that a dog will be reincarnated... (full context)
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Denny tells Enzo he loves him, and Enzo takes a few steps into the field. He starts running,... (full context)