A Hope in the Unseen

by

Ron Suskind

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Chiniqua Milligan Character Analysis

The other black student in Cedric’s unit during his freshman year at Brown, Chiniqua also comes from a working-class background. She has spent more time around middle- and upper-class kids, however, because she was picked to attend a prestigious prep school in Manhattan, where she gained the academic and social skills to succeed at a college like Brown. She and Cedric go on a date in the spring of their freshman year, and he begins to see the value of spending time with other black students; Chiniqua takes Cedric to Harambee House, the all-black dorm on campus, and helps him find a way to be comfortable with being black at Brown.

Chiniqua Milligan Quotes in A Hope in the Unseen

The A Hope in the Unseen quotes below are all either spoken by Chiniqua Milligan or refer to Chiniqua Milligan. 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 Broadway Books edition of A Hope in the Unseen published in 1998.
Chapter 13 Quotes

“Like, no one in the unit knows anything about Keith Sweat. It’s kind of nice, you know. You have to be real. You have to have grown up with it like us, to really know it.”

Related Characters: Chiniqua Milligan (speaker), Cedric Jennings
Page Number: 315
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Chiniqua Milligan Character Timeline in A Hope in the Unseen

The timeline below shows where the character Chiniqua Milligan appears in A Hope in the Unseen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Goodbye to Yesterday
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...is met with a knowing smile from the other African American student in his unit, Chiniqua Milligan, and another girl volunteers that she thinks everyone should wear flip-flops to shower. Cedric... (full context)
Chapter 8: Fierce Intimacies
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...a group project for their Richard Wright class, Cedric walks back to his dorm with Chiniqua, the other African American student in his unit. He jokingly describes her as a “ghetto... (full context)
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Cedric and Chiniqua discuss the recent trial of O.J. Simpson, a famous African American athlete who was accused... (full context)
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Like Cedric, there is more to Chiniqua than meets the eye. But unlike him, she has grown up around white classmates and... (full context)
Chapter 13: A Place Up Ahead
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...semester at Brown. He is back on campus, and getting ready for a date with Chiniqua. They get more comfortable as they walk further from campus, and end up at a... (full context)
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Chiniqua and Cedric bond over their love of Keith Sweat, an R&B artist who is not... (full context)
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...about how he has shoplifted small things like candy and soda before the movies, but Chiniqua is uninterested, and shifts the conversation to their friends in the unit. The two decide... (full context)
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Cedric and Chiniqua go to see a movie, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, starring Martin Lawrence... (full context)
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...that April is turning out to be his month: in addition to his date with Chiniqua, he feels that things are going well with Rob, and he and Zayd are getting... (full context)
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...rethinking his earlier belief that these houses were designed to divide students—after his date with Chiniqua, he realizes how much comfort he derived from being with someone like him, who understands... (full context)
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Cedric decides to go to Harambee House with Chiniqua and some friends, and he has dressed up for the party, wearing his new beige... (full context)