A Man Called Ove

Patrick / “The Lanky One” Character Analysis

Ove refers to Patrick as The Lanky One. He's Parvaneh's husband and works as an IT consultant. Ove finds Patrick ridiculous and infuriating: though he's over six feet tall he drives a tiny automatic Toyota, he doesn't know how to drive properly, and he knows nothing about performing basic house maintenance like unjamming windows or bleeding radiators. He falls off a ladder while trying to unjam a window and spends much of the novel in body casts. He's particularly awkward and has a habit of making observations that are either extremely obvious to Ove or beyond Ove's comprehension, as when he tells Ove that his house looks like a scene from the show Dexter.

Patrick / “The Lanky One” Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Patrick / “The Lanky One” or refer to Patrick / “The Lanky One”. 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 Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 13 Quotes

"And you can't let the girls freeze to death tonight, Ove, right? It's quite enough that they had to watch you assault a clown, no?"

Page Number: 127
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Patrick / “The Lanky One” Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the character Patrick / “The Lanky One” appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. A Man Called Ove Backs Up With a Trailer
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The woman's husband, whom Ove deems the Lanky One , gets out of the car and his wife, the Foreign Pregnant Woman, rages at... (full context)
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The Lanky One backs the trailer over Ove's mailbox. Ove storms to the door of the car and... (full context)
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The Pregnant Foreign Woman grumbles that the Lanky One shouldn't be allowed to rewind a cassette, and thanks Ove. Ove reminds them that they... (full context)
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
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...one for himself. Ove is pleased that he thwarted the Mercedes until he sees the Lanky One , the Foreign Pregnant Woman, and their three-year-old get out of the Toyota. The three-year-old... (full context)
7. A Man Called Ove Drills A Hole For A Hook
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...One's trailer-backing skills. The Pregnant Woman introduces herself as Parvaneh and the Lanky One as Patrick. Ove doesn't answer. (full context)
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...some tape and plastic, and struggles to free himself. When he finally does he asks Patrick what he is, and Patrick replies that he's an IT consultant. Both Ove and Parvaneh... (full context)
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Patrick asks Ove what he's doing, and Ove scathingly replies that he's drilling. Parvaneh rolls her... (full context)
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Ove raises his eyebrows and Patrick says they need a ladder and an "Eileen key." Ove corrects him that it's an... (full context)
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...she staged the coup d'état in the Residents' Association. Anita explains quickly to Parvaneh and Patrick that there was a "wrangle" between Ove and Rune when Rune was elected head of... (full context)
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Patrick steals a glance through Ove's open front door and notices marks on Ove's floor. He... (full context)
11. A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One Who Can't Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder
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...the street while her dog barks. Ove doesn't like the satisfied grin on her face. Patrick calls out a greeting to Ove. Ove notices that Patrick is holding a butter knife... (full context)
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...Ove informs her that her nosebleed isn't that bad, and Parvaneh curses and explains that Patrick fell off the ladder. She couldn't accompany him in the ambulance, doesn't have a driver's... (full context)
13. A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo
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Parvaneh tells her daughters to sit with Ove while she goes to see Patrick. She disappears before Ove can argue. Nasanin happily screams and runs towards the kids' toys... (full context)
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...for a minute before telling the security guards that she's taking her daughters to see Patrick. (full context)
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...help her move the ladder and fix a radiator in her house. She says that Patrick doesn't know how to fix things and suggests that Ove can't let the girls freeze. (full context)
22. A Man Called Ove and Someone in a Garage
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...come, and she explains that they're taking the bus to the hospital to pick up Patrick and Jimmy. Lena yells for them to talk louder, and Parvaneh tells Ove that if... (full context)
24. A Man Called Ove and a Brat Who Draws In Color
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...hospital, the Saab is filled with people. Parvaneh gives Nasanin crayons, which makes Ove angry. Patrick is wedged into the middle of the backseat and tries not to disturb the newspaper... (full context)
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...for help passing her driving test. Ove thinks it's a joke, but Parvaneh explains that Patrick won't be able to drive for months because of the casts. Ove is confused, and... (full context)
31. A Man Called Ove Backs Up a Trailer. Again.
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Ove walks to Parvaneh's house and asks if Patrick is home. Parvaneh nods and Patrick opens the door. He greets Ove cheerfully, which Ove... (full context)
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
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Ove, angry, yelled that they needed a new plan. Patrick hobbled out the door and came back again a few minutes later with Anders and... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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...he's just never "engaged" in their business before. He's spent the last few nights in Patrick and Parvaneh's kitchen with Jimmy, Mirsad, Adrian, and Anders, formulating a plan to help Rune.... (full context)
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...They argue and he asks who's going to take care of him, and Ove, Parvaneh, Patrick, Jimmy, Anders, and Adrian appear behind her and say that they will. The man looks... (full context)
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...who have been improperly placed in assisted living. The man keeps staring at Ove as Patrick explains that they also have his bank statements, email records, and web history. The man... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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At the graveyard, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the seven-year-old, Jimmy, Adrian, and Mirsad come up behind Ove and greet Sonja. Parvaneh... (full context)
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...standing outside Ove's house. Mirsad mumbles a greeting and Ove has dinner at Parvaneh and Patrick's house while Mirsad and Amel talk in Ove's kitchen. Ove thinks that Sonja would've liked... (full context)
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...Mum said it was too expensive. Ove nods, looks around the hall for Parvaneh and Patrick, and leans down. The seven-year-old whispers in Ove's ear that she wants an iPad so... (full context)
38. A Man Called Ove and the End of a Story
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...car. She hugs him, thanks him, and calls him "Granddad" before running to her room. Patrick limps towards her room to try to convince her to stay at the party, and... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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...staff refuse to let Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and four nurses to keep her from following. She overturns benches... (full context)
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Ove returns home four days later, supported by Parvaneh and Patrick. The cat is waiting outside the door. Inside, Parvaneh explains the drawings all over Ove's... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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...years, Ove's neighborhood turns into a city district as they build more houses. One day Patrick shows up on Ove's doorstep with two men who need help restoring their houses. Ove... (full context)
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Nearly four years after Parvaneh and Patrick moved in, Parvaneh wakes up at 8:15 one morning and sees that the snow hasn't... (full context)
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...them. Parvaneh used the rest of Ove's money to start a charity for orphaned children. Patrick elbows Parvaneh and says that Ove would've hated the funeral. Parvaneh laughs. (full context)