American Psycho

American Psycho

David Van Patten Character Analysis

David Van Patten is a fellow Wall Street banker and another member of Patrick Bateman’s main social circle. He has a girlfriend who he regularly cheats on and is the first person the reader sees wave a dollar bill in front of the face of a beggar, only to snatch it away and run off cackling.

David Van Patten Quotes in American Psycho

The American Psycho quotes below are all either spoken by David Van Patten or refer to David Van Patten. 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 Vintage edition of American Psycho published in 1991.
Tunnel Quotes

All of the men outside Tunnel tonight are for some reason wearing tuxedos, except for a middle-aged homeless bum who sits by a Dumpster, only a few feet away from the ropes, holding out to anyone who pays attention a Styrofoam coffee cup, begging for change, and as Price leads us around the crowd up to the ropes, motioning to one of the doormen, Van Patten waves a crisp one-dollar bill in front of the homeless bum’s face, which momentarily lights up, then Van Patten pockets it as we’re whisked into the club, handed a dozen drink tickets and two VIP Basement passes.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Timothy Price, David Van Patten
Page Number: 52
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David Van Patten Character Timeline in American Psycho

The timeline below shows where the character David Van Patten appears in American Psycho. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Harry’s
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...back with Price on their way to meet their two other friends, Craig McDermott and David Van Patten , for drinks at Harry’s. When they arrive, McDermott begins quizzing Bateman on proper shoe... (full context)
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...another on style, saying that they’re going to send their questions into GQ magazine, before Van Patten pulls out his Zagat restaurant guide to help them decide where to go for dinner.... (full context)
Pastels
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...make the reservation. When they arrive at the restaurant, Price takes the napkin upon which Van Patten had written their questions for GQ Magazine and throws it at a homeless man. (full context)
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Van Patten calls attention to someone who has just entered the restaurant. The men guess who it... (full context)
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...in awe, marveling over the paper, the coloring, and the lettering. Not to be outdone, Van Patten pulls out his card. The others find it even more beautiful, which makes Bateman upset.... (full context)
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...and commenting on his tan. The friends jeer and then start discussing their tanning regimens; Van Patten has a tanning bed at home. Suddenly, their appetizers are replaced with their dinners. Bateman,... (full context)
Tunnel
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...of the men outside are wearing tuxedos, with the exception of a single homeless beggar. Van Patten approaches the beggar, waving a dollar bill in front of his face and then whisking... (full context)
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Inside, McDermott and Van Patten take a pair of VIP passes they were given at the door and enter a... (full context)
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...the Fisher account. Owen quickly runs off, spotting another colleague, and Bateman finds McDermott and Van Patten again. Suddenly, McDermott points to the tracks above the dance floor: there’s Price, standing above... (full context)
Yale Club
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Bateman is out to lunch with McDermott and Van Patten , and they’re discussing usual topics: sweater vests and serial killers. On this morning’s “The... (full context)
Another Night
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...cancel. Hamlin gets off the line, planning to meet them at Kaktus at 9, and Van Patten beeps in, asking Bateman about cummerbunds (an accessory that can be worn with a tuxedo). (full context)
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Back on the line with McDermott and Van Patten , Bateman is exasperated. McDermott gets off the call and Van Patten suggests that they,... (full context)
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...and to just relax, and then switches back over to the line with McDermott and Van Patten . Bateman starts talking about driving lead pipes into women’s vaginas, but his friends make... (full context)