A Long Way Home

by

Saroo Brierley

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The mysterious friend of the railway worker. Though the railway worker insists that his friend is going to help Saroo, Saroo understands immediately that the men aren’t to be trusted: the friend asks Saroo to lie down next to him during their first meeting. Though nothing untoward happens, Saroo comes to believe later that the friend intended to traffic Saroo into slavery of some sort.

The Friend Quotes in A Long Way Home

The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by The Friend or refer to The Friend. 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 Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.
4. Salvation Quotes

Of course, I can't be sure what the railway worker's friend had planned or what happened to the children who were grabbed from the station that night I slept nearby, but I feel pretty certain that they faced greater horrors than I ever did.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), The Railway Worker, The Friend
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

The types of people who had tried to capture me when I was on the streets clearly didn't let walls and gates stop them...I know now that few are taken off the streets, and many of those who are have a lot of suffering ahead of them.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), The Railway Worker, The Friend
Page Number: 91
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Friend Character Timeline in A Long Way Home

The timeline below shows where the character The Friend appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. Survival
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Survival, Poverty, and Childhood Theme Icon
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...life. They allow him to sleep in a bed of straw and arrange for a friend who can help to visit. The next day, the friend shows up, sits on Saroo’s... (full context)
4. Salvation
Memory, Technology, and Friendship Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Childhood Theme Icon
Human Kindness Theme Icon
Destiny, Chance, and Luck Theme Icon
...It’s likely he would’ve died, as most homeless kids in Kolkata die. The railway worker’s friend may have intended to traffic Saroo into sexual slavery or sell him for his organs.... (full context)
Memory, Technology, and Friendship Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Childhood Theme Icon
Human Kindness Theme Icon
Destiny, Chance, and Luck Theme Icon
...inside. He reasons now that they were probably people like the railway worker and his friend, and walls don’t stop them—though neither do the adults who work there. About a month... (full context)