A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Betty Smith

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A pawnshop owner who is rich but stingy with money. He has in fact never set foot inside his pawn shop, which he inherited, along with “an efficient manager” who looks after the place for him. He lives in rooms above his shop and enjoys the life of an aristocratic New Yorker “in the squalor of Williamsburg.” Mr. Tomony is not married. Francie and the local cop on the beat see him come home on Saturday nights, supposedly from places in Manhattan, like the Waldorf, wearing a “high silk hat” and a cape, and carrying a “silver-knobbed cane” tucked under his arm.
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Mr. Tomony Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Tomony appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Poverty and Perseverance Theme Icon
...downstairs “in his long underdrawers” and chases him away. The girl runs upstairs, giggling. Then, Mr. Tomony arrives home in his hansom cab. He swings back his “white satin Inverness cape” to... (full context)
Chapter 28
Romanticism vs. Pragmatism Theme Icon
...three months, Francie sees that she has developed in a womanly way. Francie stops watching Mr. Tomony come home on Saturday nights because she now finds it silly that he has so... (full context)