All The King's Men

Adam Stanton Character Analysis

Jack’s childhood friend, Adam is a gifted if somewhat anti-social doctor at the local hospital, well-known in the region for his medical prowess and morality. Willie wants Adam to run his free hospital, and though Adam is averse to working for Willie, because he thinks Willie is a corrupt politician, Jack convinces Adam to do so by exposing his father, former Governor Stanton’s, own political corruption. Adam ends up assassinating Willie after finding out about Willie’s affair with his sister, Anne.

Adam Stanton Quotes in All The King's Men

The All The King's Men quotes below are all either spoken by Adam Stanton or refer to Adam Stanton. 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 6 Quotes

The Friend of Your Youth is the only friend you will ever have, for he does not really see you. He sees in his mind a face which does not exist any more . . . .

Related Characters: Jack Burden (speaker), Adam Stanton
Page Number: 352
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I told him . . . I told him that if he wanted to do any good—really do any good—here was the time. And the way. To see that the Medical Center was run right.

Related Characters: Anne Stanton (speaker), Adam Stanton
Page Number: 369
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Adam Stanton Character Timeline in All The King's Men

The timeline below shows where the character Adam Stanton appears in All The King's Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...Burden’s Landing, that the Burden name there is his family’s name, and that Jack’s friends, Adam and Anne Stanton, are also from Burden’s Landing. Willie tells Jack to direct Sugar-Boy to... (full context)
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...find something on Irwin, that it did stick, and that the Judge, the Boss, and Adam Stanton are all dead at the moment—implying that this initial meeting between Willie, the Boss,... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...two childhood friends in 1930, just after Willie’s election and his being fired from the paper—Adam and Anne Stanton. Adam is a famous doctor in Louisiana, one of the most accomplished... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Landing, Jack is again reminded of his childhood memories: this time of a picnic he, Adam, and Anne had once when the three were teenagers. (full context)
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...considered Anne’s beauty—he had previously only thought of Anne as the sister of his friend Adam. (full context)
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Jack then goes out and stands with Adam and Anne, who have joined him to see Willie speak—after the speech (which Jack does... (full context)
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...game, realizes he must drive to Burden’s Landing that weekend to talk to Anne and Adam about Irwin’s past—the three have decided to meet up and spend time together back in... (full context)
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Before Adam is set to arrive at the Stanton home, Burden is there with Anne, and though... (full context)
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Adam then tramps in, bringing his characteristic good cheer, and he doesn’t seem to sense that... (full context)
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Adam asks Jack why Jack wants to know this about Irwin, and Jack replies, again over... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...that he wants the absolute best doctor to run his hospital—and that that man is Adam Stanton, Jack’s old friend and a committed opponent of the Stark administration. Jack says it... (full context)
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Jack goes to Adam’s shabby apartment the next day in an attempt to win him over and to convince... (full context)
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Burden attempts to continue to convince Adam to take the job, but to no avail—Adam says it would degrade himself and his... (full context)
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Anne is convinced that Adam should take the job, too, because she feels that Adam has cut himself off from... (full context)
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...his sister; Burden does so, and five days letter Anne reports back to him that Adam will take the job Willie’s offering—that he is crushed by the idea that his own... (full context)
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...The next day, Burden goes with the Boss in the black Cadillac to talk with Adam. Willie gives Adam a long speech on what “the Good” means, since Adam believes he... (full context)
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Burden then has an extended daydream, soon after this meeting with Adam, in which he recalls Willie’s energetic speech on the steps of the state capitol in... (full context)
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Burden asks Adam a couple days later, when he is over at Adam’s apartment attempting to patch over... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...was in love with his friend of many years—and the sister of his best friend Adam. (full context)
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...time, and walked back to the Stanton house together holding hands. In the house was Adam, and Anne went upstairs, smiling, convinced that Adam had seen her holding Burden’s hand—thus believing... (full context)
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...then when her father eventually died she inherited the Stanton house along with her brother Adam. She moved to Baton Rouge and began working on charitable projects, and Jack struck up... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Burden also spends some time with Adam, who is working day and night at his old hospital and who is also planning... (full context)
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Burden then finds out that, several weeks later, Adam and Anne are visited at Adam’s apartment in Baton Rouge by a man named Coffee,... (full context)
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Burden attempts to calm Adam down, but to no avail. He leaves the apartment and talks to Anne, who insists... (full context)
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Burden does eventually manage to convince Adam not to pursue charges against Coffee, on Willie’s urging—no one wants Adam to find out... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...so waits until the end of the game to meet Tom at the hospital where Adam works (not the free hospital but the “old” hospital). (full context)
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...that the family ought to be together, and she is desperately worried about Tom’s condition. Adam, who has been attending to Tom himself, comes out to the waiting room to report... (full context)
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The next day, Jack receives a frantic call from Anne, who says that Adam visited her the night before and called her a series of terrible names, implying that... (full context)
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Jack is unable to find Adam, however, and returns to the capitol to meet with Willie and determine what the Governor... (full context)
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...in the hallway, as Jack turns away for a moment and turns back, he sees Adam, looking haggard and dirty, talking to Willie. Before Jack can realize what is happening, Adam... (full context)
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...the population of the state—Jack contrasts the funeral the very small, private affair held for Adam in Burden’s Landing. He notes that, at the Boss’s interment, there were so many “regular... (full context)
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...she provides a signed affidavit of her conversation with Duffy and his intention to incite Adam to confront Willie. But in a later letter to Jack, sent by Sadie after the... (full context)