A Prayer for Owen Meany

Simon Eastman Character Analysis

Noah Eastman’s younger brother, Simon is two years older than John. He is wilder than Noah in childhood, and relishes crashing down mountains and provoking Noah into beating him up. He has injured his knees so many time in skiing accidents that he is judged physically unable to serve in Vietnam.

Simon Eastman Quotes in A Prayer for Owen Meany

The A Prayer for Owen Meany quotes below are all either spoken by Simon Eastman or refer to Simon Eastman. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

I think [Hester] was up against a stacked deck from the start, and that everything she would become began for her when Noah and Simon made me kiss her—because they made it clear that kissing Hester was punishment, the penalty part of the game; to have to kiss Hester meant you had lost.

Related Characters: John Wheelwright (speaker), Hester Eastman, Noah Eastman, Simon Eastman
Page Number: 59
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Simon Eastman Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Chapter 2: The Armadillo
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...came from visits with his cousins up north, in the rural country. His cousins Noah, Simon, and Hester Eastman, all older than him, were daredevils and wildly competitive. He always lost... (full context)
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...for being a girl must have also formed her attitude about gender, but Noah and Simon refuse to believe they pushed their sister to become such a radical feminist later in... (full context)
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...in. One more time, they go over everything about the Eastmans: Noah is the oldest, Simon is next, but no smaller or less wild than his brother, and Hester is the... (full context)
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...game indoors where Hester hides inside a dark closet and someone has to find her. Simon goes inside, and she yanks his “doink” to get back at him for ruining her... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Voice 
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...saving graces of a private education, and they have high hopes that sending Noah and Simon to Gravesend Academy will save them from the dangers of growing up in rural, uncivilized... (full context)
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Over Thanksgiving in 1954, the Eastmans come to Gravesend and see Harriet’s television. Simon likes everything, and Hester hates everything. Noah is in his first year at the academy,... (full context)
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By the Christmas of 1957, both Noah and Simon are juniors at the academy—Noah having been held back a year. At Sawyer Depot High... (full context)
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Other boys brag about their sexual escapades, but Owen does not. Noah and Simon assume Hester had slept with him—“Hester fucks everybody!” Simon claims—but the couple never say how... (full context)
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...the punks and earns a reputation as “a mean little fucker.” That fall, Noah and Simon start college in California, while Hester unhappily starts at the state university, where her parents... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Finger 
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In the present day, Noah and Simon are married with their own families, and they take care of their parents. Alfred has... (full context)
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One day in August, Simon had a minor injury while logging and the boys had to take him to the... (full context)
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...is in the Peace Corps, teaching Forest Management to Nigerians instead of risking the draft. Simon has a draft deferment from all the skiing accidents that took their toll on his... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Shot
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...John lies down on the couch where Hester once laid down while John, Noah and Simon searched the house for Owen. He finds a baseball card under the couch cushions and... (full context)
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...coming to his funeral. Mr. Fish and Harriet sit behind them, with Alfred, Martha, and Simon. Noah is still abroad with the Peace Corps and Hester is nowhere to be found.... (full context)