A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Weeper Character Analysis

Weeper is a gang enforcer in Copenhagen City who works with Josey in planning and carrying out the attack on the Singer’s house. Highly intelligent and well-educated, Weeper is an atheist who enjoys reading philosophy, particularly Bertrand Russell’s The History of Western Philosophy. Before the novel starts, Weeper becomes addicted to cocaine and starts having sex with men while in prison, which he excuses on the grounds that there are no women around––however, he secretly falls in love with a man there and continues writing to him after he gets out. As the book progresses, Weeper’s close friendship with Josey means that he accumulates wealth and power, and is eventually assigned to be the head enforcer of the Storm Posse in New York. However, Weeper continues to be plagued by his internalized homophobia. In addition, he begins using crack, which impedes his ability to effectively run the drug operation. Eventually, Eubie sends John-John K to kill Weeper. The two men have a rather friendly conversation, and Weeper manages to persuade John-John to inject him with cocaine (without telling him that the cocaine is pure). Weeper immediately has a seizure and dies in John-John’s arms.

Weeper Quotes in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The A Brief History of Seven Killings quotes below are all either spoken by Weeper or refer to Weeper. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of A Brief History of Seven Killings published in 2014.
Part 1, Chapter 11 Quotes

I didn't want to fuck him, none of that nasty batty boy business, I just wanted to go inside him like a duppy and move when he move and buck when he buck and wind when he wind and feel myself pull out little by little by little and ram back in hard then soft, fast then slow. Then I wanted to be the woman. I just need to fucking breathe.

Related Characters: Bam-Bam (speaker), Weeper
Page Number: 80
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Part 4, Chapter 2 Quotes

Bad man don’t take no cock. But me not bad, me worse. Bad man don’t make a man know he fucking him good, because then he will realize a man on the top. Better to stand up or bend over so he come from behind and invade. Moan a little, hiss, say work it harder, fucker, like a white girl getting black cock in a blue movie. But you really want to yell and scream and howl, yes I read Howl, fucking facety white boy you think just cause me black and from the ghetto me can’t read? But this is not about ignorant white boy, is about you wanting so bad to howl and bawl but you can’t howl and bawl because to howl and bawl is to give it up and you can't give it up, not to another man, not a white man, not any man, ever. As long as you don’t bawl out you not the girl. You not born for it.

Related Characters: Weeper (speaker)
Page Number: 447
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Part 4, Chapter 5 Quotes

Discernment. I could always look at a man and read him. Like Weeper. Is years now I know the man not only fucking man but is really the one getting

fuck, and no matter what he say, he still sorry to leave prison. Is years now I supposed to kill him for that, but why? It move my brain better to watch him fuck pussy after pussy as if battyman behaviour is something pool up in him sperm and if only he shoot out enough he will finally shoot out the need to put a cock in him battyhole. I don't know much 'bout them things and I don't read Bible. But if there is one thing I do know is when a man fooling himself. Is something to watch though.

Related Characters: Josey Wales (speaker), Weeper
Page Number: 466
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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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Weeper Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Weeper appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6
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Waiting for Weeper, Josey muses on his disdain for Rastafarians. Weeper sleeps with all kinds of women, but... (full context)
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Weeper says that doing cocaine was the only way he could bring himself to have sex... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 8
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...as he walks out of Jungle, notices that the neighborhood feels deserted. He meets Josey, Weeper, and another man who he doesn’t know. Demus ends the chapter by saying that people... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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Josey thinks about Weeper’s uniqueness. Weeper passed three GCE subjects in school and has always read voraciously. Weeper loves... (full context)
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Weeper believes in evolution, which provokes arguments between him and Josey. Josey hates when Weeper does... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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Weeper tells Bam-Bam that Josey is making them go to Rema, another swing district, because there... (full context)
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Back in Copenhagen City, Papa-Lo is furious, asking “who give Josey Wales and Weeper permission” to shoot up Rema. Papa-Lo almost hits Josey, but instead tells him that one... (full context)
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Bam-Bam sees Weeper naked outside a woman’s house and feels a strong sense of sexual desire for him,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16:
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Demus is inside a house by the sea with Josey Wales, Bam-Bam, Weeper, Heckle, Renton, Funky Chicken, and two men from Jungle whose names he doesn’t know. Three... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
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...another woman in love with the Singer. That night, Josey cannot sleep, and listens to Weeper having sex inside his Datsun. He thinks about Peter Nasser, who he knows has already... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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Back in the present, Josey picks up the book Weeper is reading: it is Bertrand Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy. Doctor Love tells Josey that... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10
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...the door of Papa-Lo’s house. They locked him up for three days along with Josey, Weeper, and others from Copenhagen City. While they were in jail, two more bombs exploded in... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 17
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Demus has spent the night in a shack with Weeper, Funky Chicken, Heckle, and Bam-Bam. In the morning, everyone in the shack is “going mad... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18
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...she is “stepping into hell.” The men drive away but soon run into police cars. Weeper slams the breaks and tells Bam-Bam to stop screaming.  (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
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...the cocaine. Heckle begins saying that they are all going to burn in hell, and Weeper forces him out of the car at gunpoint. At the gully outside Trench Town Weeper... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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 Bam-Bam hides in a pile of garbage while Josey and Weeper pass by. They get into a red car and drive away, and Bam-Bam keeps running.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 22
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...tries to scream, but his mouth has been gagged. Hs hands and feet are bound. Weeper and Tony Pavarotti pick him up and throw him into a grave, face-down. Bam-Bam realizes... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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...Josey Wales and the CIA. He then names the other perpetrators of the attack: Demus, Weeper, Heckle, and Josey. Papa-Lo has brought a woman to serve as a witness and asks... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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...which he thinks of as a “stalemate” rather than real peace. Josey has just sent Weeper to Miami to spend time with Doctor Love. Doctor Love has explained that Medellín will... (full context)
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...within three days, Josey will kill him. The phone rings once again; this time it’s Weeper. Josey tells Weeper he needs to go because he is waiting on a call from... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2
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Weeper wakes up in Brooklyn next to a blond man. Three weeks ago they were walking... (full context)
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Weeper has to go to the airport; in nine hours Josey is landing on a plane... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 3
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...someone had shipped guns to Kingston disguised as lighting equipment for the concert. Tristan questioned Weeper about it, who replied that they both were in “the peace runnings,” but that they... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
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Josey thinks that just because Weeper has “read a few books” doesn’t mean he is really intelligent. Weeper’s job is to... (full context)
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Josey no longer cares what happens 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... (full context)
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...York––Ranking Dons, Blood Rose, and Hot Steppers––are gunning for Josey’s territory. In 1982 Josey sent Weeper after Tristan Phillips and was told by one of Weeper’s runners that he was killed;... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
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...called A-Plus, who looked at him as if he was a duppy. A-Plus explained that Weeper claimed to have killed Tristan in New York. Tristan and A-Plus then drove to the... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 9
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Eubie tells Josey that he has not been able to get in touch with Weeper. Eubie is alarmed because six crackheads from Brooklyn showed up in the Bronx looking to... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 10
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The man in Weeper’s bed asks if he’s going to answer the phone, and Weeper replies no. They begin... (full context)
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After Weeper and the man have finished, the phone rings once again and the man answers. Weeper... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 12
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...heard that Josey is even extending his operation to England. Even though Tristan was sure Weeper wouldn’t come after him, he felt that Josey might, so he joined the Ranking Dons... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 13
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Weeper is in Bushwick. A woman is yelling at him, saying that a nearby “crack ho”... (full context)
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Weeper tells one of his men to check out what’s happening inside the house. Eventually Weeper... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 17
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...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 annoyed to hear that... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 21
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...no better than the ghetto in Kingston. Eubie points out that it was smart of Weeper to set up shop there, because nobody wants to step foot in it. Josey is... (full context)
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Romeo suggests that Weeper has probably gone home because it has been a busy day. Josey asks him how... (full context)
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...the trigger. It is a water gun filled with urine. The man runs off laughing. Weeper arrives and asks what Josey is doing alone, and why he is covered in piss.... (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... (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... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 24
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On his second try, John-John has successfully found Weeper and tied him up inside his own apartment. John-John gives them both cigarettes. Weeper remarks... (full context)
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Weeper reveals that Griselda is a lesbian who sleeps with gogo girls and then kills them.... (full context)
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John-John presses the gun to Weeper’s head, but before he pulls the trigger Weeper shouts: “Wait!” He asks for one last... (full context)
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Weeper is deflated; he realizes that Josey will assume the Ranking Dons killed him and will... (full context)
Part 5, Sir Arthur George Jennings
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...killing many in its wake. Jennings observes that “three killers have outlived the Singer.” One––presumably Weeper––dies in New York, while another “sees and waits in Kingston.” The third is behind the... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 4
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...quarrel” has reached him in Miami, but Doctor Love dodges the question. Doctor Love mentions Weeper’s mysterious disappearance in 1985, and Josey responds that it wasn’t mysterious; Weeper simply overdosed. Doctor... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 7
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...the Ranking Dons. The man did it in exchange for Griselda organizing the murder of Weeper. The man was Eubie. (full context)