American Psycho

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman Character Analysis

Patrick Bateman is the novel’s protagonist and narrator. He is a 27-year-old Harvard graduate who now lives in New York City and works on Wall Street as an investment banker. He religiously watches “The Patty Winters Show” and idolizes Donald Trump. He is meticulous about his cleanliness and health – his morning routine boasts an impressive array of exercises and beauty products – and he is interested in nothing but the finest, most expensive things – from shoes, to dining experiences, to women and friends. Patrick Bateman is also a serial rapist and murderer. He is a man filled not only with anger but also with the sadistic desire to enact his most violent and twisted fantasies on other people, especially on those whose lives he does not see as having value, like prostitutes and the homeless. Throughout the course of the novel, he takes the reader through the events of his life and into the darkest parts of his mind, and as his addictions to drugs, sex, and violence grow, the reader follows Bateman down a graphic spiral of torture, hallucination, and insanity.

Patrick Bateman Quotes in American Psycho

The American Psycho quotes below are all either spoken by Patrick Bateman or refer to Patrick Bateman. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of American Psycho published in 1991.
April Fools Quotes

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First and is in print large enough to be seen from the backseat of the cab as it lurches forward in the traffic leaving Wall Street and just as Timothy Price notices the words a bus pulls up, the advertisement for Les Misérables on its side blocking his view…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Timothy Price
Related Symbols: The Devil and Hell, Les Misérables
Page Number: 3
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“I’m resourceful,” Price is saying, “I’m creative, I’m young, unscrupulous, highly motivated, highly skilled. In essence what I’m saying is that society cannot afford to lose me. I’m an asset.”

Related Characters: Timothy Price (speaker), Patrick Bateman
Page Number: 3
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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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Office Quotes

“Don’t wear that outfit again,” I say, looking her over quickly… “do not wear that outfit again. Wear a dress. A skirt or something… You’re prettier than that… And high heels,” I mention. “I like high heels.”
She shakes her head good-naturedly as she exits…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Jean
Page Number: 66-67
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Date with Evelyn Quotes

Idly, I wonder if Evelyn would ever sleep with another woman if I brought her over to the brownstone… If they’d let me direct, tell them what to do, position them under hot halogen lamps… But what if I forced her at gunpoint? Threatened to cut them both up, maybe, if they didn’t comply?

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Evelyn Richards
Page Number: 120
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Tuesday Quotes

“Why don’t you get another one?” I ask. “Why don’t you get another job?”
“I’m not…” He coughs, holding himself, shaking miserably, violently, unable to finish the sentence.
“You’re not what?” I ask softly. “Qualified for anything else?”

“Listen, do you think it’s fair to take money from people who do have jobs? Who do work?”
His face crumples and he gasps, his voice raspy, “What am I gonna do?”

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Al (speaker)
Page Number: 130
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Lunch Quotes

“My life is a living hell,” I mention off the cuff, while casually moving leeks around on my plate, which by the way is a porcelain triangle. “And there are many more people I, uh, want to… want to, well, I guess murder.” I say emphasizing this last word, staring straight into Armstrong’s face.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Armstrong
Page Number: 141
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Concert Quotes

It hits me that we have something in common, that we share a bond… the audience disappears and the music slows down… everything getting clearer, my body alive and burning, on fire, and from nowhere a flash of white and blinding light envelopes me and I hear it, can actually feel, can even make out the letters of the message hovering above Bono’s head in orange wavy letters: “I … am … the … devil … and I am … just … like … you …”

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Bono
Related Symbols: The Devil and Hell
Page Number: 142
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A Glimpse of a Thursday Afternoon Quotes

…I’m sweaty and a pounding migraine thumps dull in my head and I’m experiencing a major-league anxiety attack, searching my pockets for Valium, Xanax, a leftover Halcion, anything… I’ve forgotten who I had lunch with earlier, and even more important, where.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 148-149
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Shopping Quotes

My priorities before Christmas include the following: (1) to get an eight o’clock reservation on a Friday night at Dorsia with Courtney, (2) to get myself invited to the Trump Christmas Party aboard their yacht, (3) to find out as much as humanly possible about Paul Owen’s mysterious Fisher account, (4) to saw a hardbody’s head off and Federal Express it to Robin Barker – the dumb bastard – over at Solomon Brothers and (5) to apologize to Evelyn without making it look like an apology.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Evelyn Richards, Courtney Lawrence
Related Symbols: Donald Trump
Page Number: 177-178
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Christmas Party Quotes

“Stop it. Come on, I want this,” I say and then in a last, desperate attempt I smile flirtatiously, kissing her lightly on the lips, and add, “Mrs. Bateman?”

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Evelyn Richards
Page Number: 188
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Lunch with Bethany Quotes

I think about other things while she describes her recent past: air, water, sky, time, a moment, a point somewhere when I wanted to show her everything beautiful in the world. I have no patience for revelations, for new beginnings, for events that take place beyond the realm of my immediate vision.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Bethany
Page Number: 241
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Dinner with Secretary Quotes

And though it has been in no way a romantic evening, she embraces me and this time emanates a warmth I’m not familiar with. I am so used to imagining everything happening the way it occurs in movies, visualizing things falling somehow into the shape of events on a screen, that I almost hear the swelling of an orchestra, can almost hallucinate the camera panning low around us, fireworks bursting in slow motion overhead, the seventy-millimeter image of her lips parting and the subsequent murmur of “I want you” in Dolby sound.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Jean
Page Number: 265
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Girls (2) Quotes

During this Christie has kept on a pair of thigh-high suede boots from Henri Bendel that I’ve made her wear.
Elizabeth, naked, running from the bedroom, blood already on her, is moving with difficulty as she screams out something garbled.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), “Christie”, Elizabeth
Page Number: 289
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Killing Child at Zoo Quotes

I feel empty, hardly here at all, but even the arrival of the police seems insufficient reason to move and I stand with the crowd outside the penguin habitat… until finally I’m walking down Fifth Avenue, surprised by how little blood has stained my jacket, and I stop in a bookstore and buy a book and then at a Dove Bar stand on the corner of Fifty-sixth Street, where I buy a Dove bar – a coconut one – and I imagine a hole, widening in the sun…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 300
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Girl Quotes

…I’m hoping she realizes that this would have happened to her no matter what… if she would simply have not taken a cab with me to the Upper West Side, this all would have happened anyway. I would have still found her. This is the way the earth works.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 328
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I can already tell that it’s going to be a characteristically useless, senseless death, but then I’m used to the horror. It seems distilled, even now it fails to upset or bother me.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 329
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At Another New Restaurant Quotes

It’s an isolation ward that serves only to expose my own severely impaired capacity to feel. I am at its center, out of season, and no one ever asks me for any identification. I suddenly imagine Evelyn’s skeleton, twisted and crumbling, and this fills me with glee.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Evelyn Richards
Page Number: 343
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Tries to Cook and Eat Girl Quotes

…while I grind the bone and fat and flesh into patties, and though it does sporadically penetrate how unacceptable some of what I’m doing actually is, I just remind myself that this thing, this girl, this meat, is nothing, is shit, and along with a Xanax (which I’m now taking half-hourly) this thought momentarily calms me and then I’m humming…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 345
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Chase, Manhattan Quotes

…and the sun, a planet on fire, gradually rises over Manhattan, another sunrise, and soon the night turns into day so fast it’s like some kind of optical illusion…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Devil and Hell
Page Number: 352
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Something on Television Quotes

“Please do not sit in the same row in court with Janet. When I look over toward you there she sits contemplating me with her mad eyes like a deranged seagull studying a clam… I can feel her spreading hot sauce on me already…”

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman
Related Symbols: “The Patty Winters Show”
Page Number: 364
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End of the 1980s Quotes

…it did not occur to me, ever, that people were good or that a man was capable of change or that the world can be a better place through one’s taking pleasure in a feeling or a look or a gesture, of receiving another person’s love or kindness. Nothing was affirmative, the term “generosity of spirit” applied to nothing, was a cliché, was some kind of bad joke. Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence signify? Define reason?... Evil is its only purpose. God is not alive. Love cannot be trusted. Surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in.. this was civilization as I saw it, colossal and jagged…

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 375
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…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Page Number: 376-377
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Aspen Quotes

Jeannette should be okay – she has her whole life in front of her (that is, if she doesn’t run into me). Besides, this girl’s favorite movie is Pretty in Pink and she thinks Sting is cool, so what is happening to her is, like, not totally undeserved and one shouldn’t feel bad for her. This is no time for the innocent.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Jeannette
Page Number: 382
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New Club Quotes

“Davis,” he sighs, as if patiently trying to explain something to a child, “I am not one to bad-mouth anyone. Your joke was amusing, but come on, man, you had one fatal flaw: Bateman’s such a bloody ass-kisser, such a brown-nosing goody-goody, that I couldn’t fully appreciate it…. Oh good god, man. Why else would Evelyn Richards dump him? You know, really. He could barely pick up an escort girl, let alone… what was it you said he did to her?”

Related Characters: Harold Carnes (speaker), Patrick Bateman, Evelyn Richards
Page Number: 387-388
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He stares at me as if we were both underwater and shouts back, very clearly over the din of the club, “Because … I had … dinner … with Paul Owen … in London … just ten days ago.”

Related Characters: Harold Carnes (speaker), Patrick Bateman, Paul Owen
Page Number: 388
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Taxi Driver Quotes

While walking back to the highway, I stop, choke back a sob, my throat tightens. “I just want to…” Facing the skyline, through all the baby talk, I murmur, “keep the game going.” As I stand, frozen in my position, an old woman emerges behind a Threepenny Opera poster at a deserted bus stop and she’s homeless and begging, hobbling over, her face covered with sores that look like bugs, holding out a shaking red hand. “Oh will you please go away?” I sigh. She tells me to get a haircut.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Related Symbols: Les Misérables
Page Number: 394
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At Harry’s Quotes

“Well, though I know I should have done that instead of not doing it, I’m twenty-seven for Christ sakes and this is, uh, how life presents itself in a bar or in a club in New York, maybe anywhere, at the end of the century and how people, you know, me, behave, and this is what being Patrick means to me, I guess, so, well, yup, uh…” and this is followed by a sigh, then a slight shrug and another sigh, and above one of the doors covered by red velvet drapes in Harry’s is a sign and on the sign in letters that match the drapes’ color are the words THIS IS NOT AN EXIT.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Devil and Hell
Page Number: 399
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Patrick Bateman Character Timeline in American Psycho

The timeline below shows where the character Patrick Bateman appears in American Psycho. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Patrick Bateman, the novel’s protagonist and narrator, is taking a cab through New York City with... (full context)
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...so accustomed to seeing homeless people on the streets of New York City. He tells Bateman that he’s been counting homeless people all day, and over the course of the ride... (full context)
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The two finally arrive at the home of Evelyn Richards, Bateman’s fiancée, where they’re planning to meet Evelyn and her friend Courtney for dinner. Price apologizes... (full context)
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...“Sri Lanka”) and discusses the war crimes currently being committed in that country, which leads Bateman into a long speech about the numerous foreign and domestic policy issues of the United... (full context)
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...and Courtney goes to meet up with her boyfriend Luis Carruthers, leaving Evelyn, Price, and Bateman behind to keep drinking. The three end up in Evelyn’s bedroom, with Evelyn preparing for... (full context)
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All of a sudden, Price is sitting behind Evelyn as she brushes her hair. Bateman watches as Price clearly flirts with Evelyn, even smelling and licking her neck and kneeling... (full context)
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Evelyn abruptly announces that it’s time for Price to leave, and Bateman pushes him out of the apartment. The two men are both quite drunk. Bateman returns... (full context)
Morning
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It’s early in the morning in the month of May. Bateman begins by describing to the reader the layout and contents of his apartment; he has... (full context)
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Bateman gets out of bed, wearing silk pajamas, a paisley robe, and monogrammed boxer shorts, and... (full context)
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Leaving the bathroom, Bateman puts the new Talking Heads CD into his CD player and moves to the kitchen... (full context)
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Finally, Bateman gets dressed. Today, he wears an Alan Flusser suit, Valentino Couture tie, and A. Testoni... (full context)
Harry’s
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On another day, Bateman is back with Price on their way to meet their two other friends, Craig McDermott... (full context)
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...men are all envious of this. Preston starts making anti-Semitic remarks at Owen’s expense, but Bateman shuts him down, claiming to be “the voice of reason” in the group of friends.... (full context)
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Eventually Preston remembers the punch line to his joke; it is unfunny and racist, and Bateman calls it out as such. When he does, though, his friends mock him for being... (full context)
Pastels
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Finally, Bateman and his three friends are ready to head to dinner. They’ve settled on Pastels, a... (full context)
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...d’ has sent them four complementary Bellinis (a cocktail of sparkling wine and peach purée). Bateman takes a moment to look over all of the women working in the restaurant, including... (full context)
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...take a moment to mock his outfit. Montgomery brings the woman he’s with over to Bateman and his friends’ table. Bateman is convinced that the woman is silently flirting with him.... (full context)
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As soon as Montgomery walks away, Bateman and his friends begin to gossip. They discuss how much money Montgomery is worth (800... (full context)
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Bateman finds himself feeling a little insecure over McDermott’s friendship with the maître d’, and so... (full context)
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...not her knees make her an un-fit specimen. A man they know passes by, calling Bateman “Hamilton” and commenting on his tan. The friends jeer and then start discussing their tanning... (full context)
Tunnel
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The men arrive at Tunnel nightclub. Bateman notices that all of the men outside are wearing tuxedos, with the exception of a... (full context)
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...pair of VIP passes they were given at the door and enter a private area. Bateman signals to Price that they should purchase cocaine; they go in search of Ted Madison,... (full context)
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Bateman brings them over to the bar, where he purchases them two new drinks – but... (full context)
Office
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Riding the elevator up to his office, Bateman encounters a colleague named Frederick Dibble, who asks if he’s read a Page Six article... (full context)
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Bateman enters his office and is greeted by his secretary, Jean, “who is in love with... (full context)
Health Club
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The Upper East Side health club Bateman belongs to comes complete with multiple tennis courts, aerobics classes, a juice bar, and more.... (full context)
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Once Bateman has worked through his entire body, he showers and heads out. Along his way, he... (full context)
Date
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On his way home, Bateman stops to purchase some porn videos and magazines. The man working at the store (a... (full context)
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In his apartment, Bateman gets a call from the woman with whom he has a date tonight: a model... (full context)
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Bateman has not made a reservation at Dorsia, and it’s notoriously difficult to get one. He... (full context)
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Patricia arrives late and Bateman meets her in the hallway. It’s not until they’re in the cab on the way... (full context)
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At the club, Bateman gets drinks, though Patricia continues to ignore him. He looks around and notices that there... (full context)
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Bateman finds Patricia and asks her if she wants to do some coke. They go to... (full context)
Dry Cleaners
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It’s another morning, and Bateman has recently received back an order from the Chinese couple he sends his bloody laundry... (full context)
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Inside the dry cleaners’, Bateman is having an incredibly difficult time communicating his disappointment. He mocks the old woman, who... (full context)
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Suddenly, the bell on the door rings, and a voice says, “Patrick?” It’s a woman Bateman recognizes from his building – she’s a bit older than him... (full context)
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Outside, Bateman spots a young homeless woman. He’s struck by her; she’s pretty. He reaches into his... (full context)
Harry’s (2)
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Bateman is at a late lunch with two other Wall Street bankers, Todd Hamlin and George... (full context)
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Across the way, Bateman spots Paul Owen. He asks the others who Owen is sitting with, and they argue... (full context)
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When Paul Owen and his friends leave, Bateman, Hamlin, and Reeves immediately begin talking about him, mostly about his girlfriend, who they deem... (full context)
Deck Chairs
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Courtney has invited Bateman out to dinner with friends of hers, Scott and Anne Smiley (both Camden graduates), at... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Courtney is slumping over, having nearly fallen asleep just reading her menu. Bateman props her up and continues the conversation while their food arrives. A waiter appears, asking... (full context)
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Bateman’s mind wanders, as he starts thinking about (and describing in detail) the porn he watched... (full context)
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Back at her apartment, however, Courtney is in an entirely different mood. She and Bateman are having sex, and she is egging him on to be more and more passionate.... (full context)
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Another day, Bateman is in his office, incredibly hung over from the previous night’s drinking and cocaine binge.... (full context)
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In the boardroom, Bateman is first to arrive, followed by Luis Carruthers, “like a puppy at my heels.” Luis... (full context)
Video Store then D’Agostino’s
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Bateman is walking around a video rental store. To his dismay, it’s too crowded for him... (full context)
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Leaving the video store, Bateman stops by a market called D’Agostino’s to pick up some fruit, Perrier water, and other... (full context)
Facial
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Bateman leaves his office early one day. He goes to his health club to lift weights,... (full context)
Date with Evelyn
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Bateman is on the phone making a reservation for himself and Courtney (who is on the... (full context)
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Over dinner, Bateman’s mind wanders to the Christmas shopping he’s been doing, and the conversation between Evelyn and... (full context)
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The dinner carries on with Evelyn doing most of the talking and Bateman hardly paying attention to her. She goes on a long tangent about her affection for... (full context)
Tuesday
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Bateman finds himself at a black-tie party. He’s wandering around, miserable, thinking that maybe he’ll try... (full context)
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Outside, a number of his Wall Street colleagues spot Bateman and invite him to dinner. Though he suspects they might have drugs, he waves them... (full context)
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Bateman dangles a dollar in front of the homeless man, asking him why he doesn’t just... (full context)
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Bateman reaches into his pocket while Al hopefully looks on. He takes from it a serrated... (full context)
Genesis
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...chapter is a first in a series that will re-occur several times throughout the book. Bateman addresses the reader directly to tell them about one of his all-time favorite bands: Genesis.... (full context)
Lunch
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Bateman is out to lunch at a new club with another Wall Street banker named Armstrong.... (full context)
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Bateman tunes back into Armstrong for a moment, and then out again, as Bateman internally describes... (full context)
Concert
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...band called U2.” The group includes Luis and Courtney, Paul Owen and his girlfriend, and Bateman and Evelyn – though Bateman mentions trying to bring along Marcus Halberstam’s girlfriend just for... (full context)
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...Ledge?” Luis motions for her to switch seats with him, so he can talk to Bateman. She tries to ignore him, squeezing Bateman’s thigh tightly, but is eventually ousted from her... (full context)
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Bateman gets up to move to sit next to Paul Owen when all of a sudden... (full context)
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As quickly as the vision appeared, everything is back to normal, though Bateman still feels that he has received this important, personal message from the devil and finds... (full context)
A Glimpse of a Thursday Afternoon
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The chapter begins abruptly, mid-sentence, as Bateman is standing in a phone booth. He’s experiencing a heavy anxiety attack and is rifling... (full context)
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Bateman continues walking up the street, relaying to the reader the stream-of-consciousness mess of his mind... (full context)
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Eventually, Bateman stumbles into a deli. He tells the woman working that he has a reservation, and... (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... (full context)
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Without transition, Bateman finds himself in the men’s room. Only one stall is in use, and he hears... (full context)
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All of a sudden, Luis looks down at Bateman’s wrists, leans down to kiss one of them, and begins to caress his face, asking... (full context)
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Bateman is in his apartment. Courtney has called him, too wasted on pills to be able... (full context)
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Out on the street, Bateman passes by someone who looks familiar. The man says hello to him, calling him Kevin.... (full context)
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Eventually, Bateman comes along an older gay man walking his dog. He stops to greet the man... (full context)
Girls
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Bateman is out to dinner with Courtney, who’s wasted again. She’s talking to him but he... (full context)
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Bateman spots an attractive young girl walking the street and instructs the driver to pull alongside... (full context)
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Back at Bateman’s apartment, “Christie” takes a bath while Bateman calls to order a second prostitute – a... (full context)
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The three of them end up on the couch, beginning to have sex. Bateman orders “Christie” and Sabrina around, instructing them to go down on each other and stimulate... (full context)
Shopping
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Bateman details his lengthy holiday shopping list and his plans for purchasing. He says he could... (full context)
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Bateman tells the reader his four goals for the holiday season, which include: a reservation at... (full context)
Christmas Party
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Bateman is out to drinks with a man names Charles Murphy, who is complaining about the... (full context)
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...candleholders, fine food spread all throughout the home, and even dwarves hired to be elves. Bateman is greeted briefly by a man who mistakes him for someone else, before Evelyn rushes... (full context)
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Bateman pulls Evelyn into the kitchen and tells her he wants to leave and bring her... (full context)
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Outside, Bateman rushes Evelyn into a limo – she’s delighted. He goes over to the driver and... (full context)
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Inside the limo, Bateman finds Evelyn crying. He’s concerned, and tells her that the Waldorf salad was delicious, when... (full context)
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...club, but when the doorman asks if they’re the two who arrived in the limo, Bateman and Evelyn are invited right in. Bateman goes to grab them each a glass of... (full context)
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A big argument ensues between Bateman and the other couple, which leads to him calling the other man’s girlfriend a “bitch”... (full context)
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When he’s finished, Bateman peeks to see if Evelyn is really gone (she is) and imagines her having a... (full context)
Nell’s
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It is mid-May, and Bateman is sitting at a table at a bar with McDermott, another banker, Alex Taylor, and... (full context)
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Bateman recalls how, earlier at dinner, McDermott asked the women if they could name any of... (full context)
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...and talking on and on. She introduces her guest, a girl named Alison Poole, to Bateman. Alison insists they’ve met, and Bateman privately remembers that he physically and sexually assaulted her... (full context)
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...clearly high, dances around dangling a dollar in front of her sobbing face. Eventually, just Bateman and Daisy are left; she’s drunk, claiming there are no more cabs and confusing the... (full context)
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Back at Bateman’s apartment, he is undressing while Daisy is eating ice cream on his couch. Out of... (full context)
Paul Owen
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It’s a regular day for Bateman: he screened calls in his apartment all morning, went to the gym, got a facial,... (full context)
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By the time dinner is over, Owen is so drunk that Bateman makes him pay the bill, admit that he’s an asshole, and go back to his... (full context)
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Bateman leaves the body and heads over to Paul Owen’s apartment, where he lets himself in... (full context)
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Later that night, in bed, Bateman is unable to sleep. Evelyn calls. She’s upset; she thought the two of them had... (full context)
Paul Smith
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Bateman is at Paul Smith, a designer store, talking to another Wall Street couple. While they... (full context)
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Luis follows Bateman mercilessly, asking him what he’s doing (buying a tie for his brother’s birthday) and begging... (full context)
Birthday, Brothers
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It’s Bateman’s brother Sean’s birthday. Earlier in the week, their father’s accountant and estate trustee both phoned... (full context)
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That evening at Dorsia, Sean is late and Bateman is left to wait, humiliated. After a half hour, he heads to the bathroom and... (full context)
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Sean doesn’t touch his food, and when the time comes to wrap up dinner, tells Bateman that all of the bars Bateman plans to go to later in the evening are... (full context)
Lunch with Bethany
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Bateman is having lunch with his old Harvard girlfriend, Bethany. He’s nervous, convincing himself that since... (full context)
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The maître d’, a young gay man, brings Bateman over to the table where Bethany is already seated – she looks beautiful. Bateman complains... (full context)
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When a waiter arrives at their table, Bateman, displeased with the entire beer selection, orders a scotch, while Bethany orders a water. Bateman... (full context)
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Bateman struggles to make his way through the lunch, his behavior erratic as he attempts to... (full context)
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...they finish lunch, Bethany pays with her own platinum American Express card and waits for Bateman outside while he throws up his squid lunch in the men’s room. He convinces her... (full context)
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Bateman turns Bethany around, nail gun in her face, and screams about her boyfriend. She makes... (full context)
Thursday
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Bateman is in a cab to Nell’s with McDermott and Courtney; they’re discussing bottled water and... (full context)
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...for the body. The night continues in the same fashion. Later, back at his apartment, Bateman is drinking a scotch and standing above Bethany’s body, looking at himself in the pool... (full context)
Whitney Houston
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Again, Bateman takes a break from telling the reader the details of his life, and discusses the... (full context)
Dinner with Secretary
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Bateman is sitting in his office doing a crossword puzzle. He’s had a fine day: a... (full context)
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When they arrive at Dorsia, Bateman peers onto the maître d’s list, noticing that the only name left not crossed off... (full context)
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...attempt another restaurant, Arcadia, and are able to be seated. They have a meal that Bateman considers mediocre, but Jean seems to enjoy just fine. She asks him about himself, noting... (full context)
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Jean accepts this excuse, and the two shake hands before embracing. For a brief moment, Bateman feels Jean’s warmth and affection engulfing him, but then he pulls away. She reminds him... (full context)
Detective
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It’s now August. Bateman is sitting in his office when Jean tells him a Mr. Donald Kimball is here... (full context)
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Kimball begins to ask Bateman some basic questions: his age, where he lives, where he went to school. Bateman is... (full context)
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Kimball finally asks Bateman if he can tell him where he was on the night of Owen’s disappearance. Bateman... (full context)
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...making some strange comments about how the earth just sometimes “opens up and swallows people.” Bateman is finally able to usher Kimball out of the door, feeling both anxious and relieved,... (full context)
Summer
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Bateman nonchalantly recaps the events of the summer: a number of airplane disasters, the Mets doing... (full context)
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...baths together, and read novels together, but eventually things grew strained: Evelyn wouldn’t eat, and Bateman started microwaving and eating jellyfish. Bateman would lie around, drinking and fantasizing about killing people,... (full context)
Girls (2)
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Bateman is in his apartment with a girl named Elizabeth and the prostitute he calls “Christie”.... (full context)
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...in the apartment, Elizabeth is making small talk with “Christie”, telling her how she and Bateman met at the Kentucky Derby when he was with that girl Alison Poole. Today’s episode... (full context)
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Despite these objections, the women start having sex with one another, which Bateman describes in graphic detail. He gives them a makeshift strap-on to use with one another,... (full context)
Confronted by Faggot
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It’s a Sunday afternoon and Bateman is shopping at Barney’s. He spots Luis Carruthers, hiding behind a pole and watching him... (full context)
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The scene is out of control: Luis is sobbing, racks are being knocked over, and Bateman is trying to convince those around them that there’s nothing to see. Luis is inconsolable,... (full context)
Killing Child at Zoo
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Days pass strangely – Bateman has been unable to sleep and feels his mind going. This morning’s episode of “The... (full context)
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Bateman spots a five-year-old boy with his mother. The boy’s mother instructs him to throw away... (full context)
Girls (3)
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Bateman’s appearances at work lately have been, in his own words, “sporadic.” His apartment reeks of... (full context)
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Sitting in Owen’s apartment, Bateman calls to hire two prostitutes, paying for it with Owen’s card. The girls arrive and... (full context)
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Bateman then starts to attack both girls with a nail gun, spraying them with mace, and... (full context)
Rat
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It’s October, and Bateman has received in the mail a number of the latest, most expensive pieces of electronic... (full context)
Another Night
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Bateman has plans for dinner with McDermott and Hamlin. They’re on the phone discussing where they... (full context)
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Bateman gets another call; it’s Jeannette, upset that Bateman stood her up the night before. To... (full context)
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While on the phone, Bateman is watching a new rat that he’s bought and poisoned drag itself around a Habitrail... (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, again, change... (full context)
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Bateman suddenly gets another call: it must be one of the girls. It’s Evelyn, furious, stranded... (full context)
Girl
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Bateman is in his apartment with a girl he’s picked up and whose name he doesn’t... (full context)
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When the girl regains consciousness, Bateman has tied her up and smeared brie cheese on her vagina. On the TV, he’s... (full context)
At Another New Restaurant
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Bateman is out to dinner with Evelyn. The week before, they’d attended an office Halloween party,... (full context)
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Evelyn attempts to change the subject, telling Bateman a story about two friends of hers, but he is hardly listening, just staring at... (full context)
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Bateman has planned something special for dessert. Earlier that day, he’d stolen a used urinal cake,... (full context)
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At the end of the meal, Evelyn tells Bateman that she wants “a firm commitment.” At this point, he isn’t too fazed. Bateman tells... (full context)
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Evelyn tries to reason with Bateman, calling him “honey,” which he detests, and telling him how their breaking up would make... (full context)
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After much spectacle, Bateman finally gets up to leave Evelyn sitting at the table. She asks him where he’s... (full context)
Tries to Cook and Eat Girl
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It’s now November, and Bateman is feeling horrible; his body hurts in a way that no drugs, food, or liquor... (full context)
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Bateman is meanwhile watching “The Patty Winters Show,” and the topic is “Human Diaries.” Later in... (full context)
Taking an Uzi to the Gym
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Bateman is at the gym and has placed an assault rifle in his locker. He goes... (full context)
Chase, Manhattan
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...fade in and out of one another, each beginning and ending with ellipses (“…”). First, Bateman find himself out to dinner with his usual group. He tells them that his life... (full context)
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Walking alone through the streets of New York, Bateman comes across a man playing the saxophone in a doorway. He walks over to him,... (full context)
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Bateman jumps into a cab, frantically waving his gun at the terrified driver. He shoots the... (full context)
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Patrick” starts running. At first he’s looking for a car, but then he just keeps running... (full context)
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Patrick” nods politely at his own doorman and heads up to his office. When he gets... (full context)
Huey Lewis and the News
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For the third time, Bateman pauses the narrative of his story: this time to tell the reader about the successful... (full context)
In Bed with Courtney
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It’s approaching the holiday season, and Bateman is lying in bed with Courtney – Luis is out of town. He thinks about... (full context)
Smith & Wollensky
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Bateman is sitting at drinks with McDermott; they’re waiting for Harold Carnes, who never shows up.... (full context)
Something on Television
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Bateman is in his apartment, getting ready for a date with Jeannette, and watching a two-part... (full context)
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Bateman is hanging around his apartment, waiting to leave. He does some extra coke he has... (full context)
Sandstone
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Bateman is sitting with his mother, Mrs. Bateman, at the home where she lives; it’s April.... (full context)
The Best City for Business
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Bateman decides to stop into Paul Owen’s place, since he hasn’t been there since the night... (full context)
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When Bateman gets upstairs, a woman greets him, asking if he’s her eleven o’clock appointment. He tells... (full context)
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The realtor asks if Bateman is here because he saw the ad in the Times. He tells her yes, and... (full context)
Working Out
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Bateman is at the gym going through his usual routine. He enjoys the feel of his... (full context)
End of the 1980s
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Bateman describes to the reader his hallucinatory dreams: he smells blood, remembers his past at Harvard,... (full context)
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At brunch, Bateman looks fondly on Jean; she looks good. She asks if there are any museum exhibitions... (full context)
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Next, Bateman pauses the action between him and Jean to recite to the reader a long, philosophical... (full context)
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Again, Bateman leaves this action to philosophize. This time, he talks about “the idea of Patrick Bateman,”... (full context)
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Bateman then has an epiphany: he realizes that nothing he can do or say will change... (full context)
Aspen
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It’s December and Bateman is in a limo with Jeannette. He’s reading an article about Donald Trump and she’s... (full context)
Valentine’s Day
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Bateman is standing in his apartment, on the phone with his lawyer while splitting his focus... (full context)
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At the office, Bateman listens to Madonna, arranges an interview with a nagging reporter, and reads an article about... (full context)
Bum on Fifth
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Bateman is walking near Central Park. He takes a moment to remember the spot where he... (full context)
New Club
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It’s been a “very unstable” week for Bateman, and he finds himself at a party at a new club. Across the room he... (full context)
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Bateman is shocked by this and questions Carnes. Carnes goes on to say that Bateman was... (full context)
Taxi Driver
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Bateman is sitting in a taxi. This morning, he reluctantly had a decadent breakfast with two... (full context)
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Bateman notices his taxi driver (whose name, he reads, is Abdullah) staring at him. Bateman notes... (full context)
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Abdullah starts driving quickly and dangerously, running through red lights and taking strange routes. Bateman wants to get out, and considers asking him to stop immediately and let him out,... (full context)
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Bateman is finally able to speak, telling Abdullah that he’s incorrectly identified him, but Abdullah turns... (full context)
At Harry’s
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Bateman is out having drinks with a group of his Wall Street colleagues, including Price and... (full context)
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...now it’s the Shepard account they’re all interested in. As they’re getting ready to leave, Bateman spots someone who looks like Marcus Halberstam across the way. Bateman then jumps back into... (full context)