A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Eubie is the head enforcer of the Storm Posse in New York. Highly intelligent, he grew up in an affluent suburb in Kingston and went to private school. In New York, he even began studying at Columbia Law School before dropping out to devote himself to drug dealing full-time. He is thus distinguished as the one character who is in the drug game simply because he wants to be, not because of a dearth of other options. Eubie has fully assimilated into American culture. Although he is friendly and polite to Josey’s face, he secretly plots to take out Josey and become the don of the Storm Posse in New York himself. He also orders John-John K to kill Weeper. At the end of the novel, Eubie and his crew imprison Alex in his own home, shoot him in the foot, and force him to make edits on his essay series for The New Yorker at gunpoint. Eubie’s paradoxical way of thinking is illuminated by the fact that he berates Alex for representing Monifah Thibodeaux in an unflattering light, when it was Eubie’s gang who supplied drugs to Monifah and ultimately killed her.

Eubie Quotes in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The A Brief History of Seven Killings quotes below are all either spoken by Eubie or refer to Eubie. 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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Part 4, Chapter 17 Quotes

- Like how your boy Weeper is a user.

- Weeper sniffing coke from as early as '75, that not nothing new.

- But new it is, Josey. Now him smoking crack and you and me know that crack is not coke. Can a man do good business even when him deh pon coke? Of course. Every man me know in the music biz a lick coke. Hookers and blow them call it, my youth. Back then the biz did even have a sort of class. But crack is different business. Every single dealer who switch from coke to crack mash up. You can’t hold a single thought on crack. You can't do no fucking business. Crack is you business.

Related Characters: Josey Wales (speaker), Eubie (speaker), Weeper
Related Symbols: Cocaine
Page Number: 551
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Eubie Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

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Part 4, Chapter 5
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...in Jamaica; his attention is being called elsewhere. Weeper doesn’t understand why Josey works with Eubie, a dapper Bronx-based Jamaican who graduated from “a posh high school” and dropped out of... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 9
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Josey’s girlfriend Winifred is packing his bag when the phone rings; it’s Eubie. He asks if Josey has ever been to New York before, and Josey replies he... (full context)
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Eubie tells Josey that he has not been able to get in touch with Weeper. Eubie... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 10
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...have finished, the phone rings once again and the man answers. Weeper takes it; it’s Eubie. Eubie says the plan has changed and that he will now collect Josey from the... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 12
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...to stay protected. The Ranking Dons are connected to the Eight Lanes, whereas Josey and Eubie’s crew, Storm Posse, represent Copenhagen City. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 17
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...he sees the officers throw one of them, a woman, down onto the ground. Outside, Eubie is waiting, wearing a blue silk suit and holding a sign that says “Josey Wales.”... (full context)
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...though Josey said earlier that he didn’t come to New York to eat Jamaican food. Eubie warns Josey that Weeper has been “fucking around in more ways than one.” Josey is... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 20
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...although this is also unlikely, as Josey never forgets anything. Tristan explains that Josey and Eubie have been in the drug game together since 1979. He reflects that they are both... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 21
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Josey feels that Bushwick is just another ghetto no better than the ghetto in Kingston. Eubie points out that it was smart of Weeper to set up shop there, because nobody... (full context)
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...him how long he’s been working as a runner, and Romeo replies: “About five hours.” Eubie chimes in to say he would never trust a new recruit to be a runner,... (full context)
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Eubie and Josey walk over to the crack house, and Eubie excuses himself to pee. While... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 22
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Weeper and Eubie follow Josey into the crack house. They pass one man lying flat on the ground... (full context)
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Eventually Josey walks out of the house into the nighttime darkness; Weeper and Eubie follow. Josey puts the gun to Weeper’s head, pauses, and then drops it and walks... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 24
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...came from. Weeper is momentarily puzzled, before he realizes that it must have come from Eubie.   (full context)
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...will assume the Ranking Dons killed him and will never realize that it was actually Eubie. Weeper asks John-John to help him shoot up some cocaine, and guides him through the... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
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...of Tony Pavarotti. Ren-Dog responds that he has, addressing the man in the suit as Eubie. Eubie introduces Alex as the man who killed Tony in 1979. (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 6
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Eubie and Ren-Dog tease Alex about his long, scruffy hair. Alex is terrified. He hasn’t heard... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 7
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...man did it in exchange for Griselda organizing the murder of Weeper. The man was Eubie. (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 9
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...named Monifah Thibodeaux living in New York. The transcription of the essay is interrupted by Eubie and Ren-Dog commenting on it. Eubie asks why the series is called “A Brief History... (full context)
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...“a loose alliance of Jamaican thugs bred on Third World violence and Colombian drug money.” Eubie asks if Alex has sent in Part Four yet, and Alex replies that he has.... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 10
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...kill Josey’s other son even if Josey kills him in this moment. Josey asks what Eubie wants with his son, but Doctor Love replies that Eubie hasn’t sent him, and neither... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 11
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Eubie asks why there isn’t a fourth killing in Part Four, and Alex explains that at... (full context)
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Alex asks if Eubie is going to threaten him into abandoning the story, but Eubie says he wants to... (full context)
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...the heart. The only way Josey could have known was if he was the shooter. Eubie then asks if Alex knew that the Singer forgave one of the boys involved in... (full context)
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Eubie shoots Alex in the foot and Alex starts screaming. Eubie says that Josey is “the... (full context)