An Abundance of Katherines

by

John Green

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Colin Singleton Character Analysis

Colin is the protagonist of An Abundance of Katherines, and he is also his own antagonist. The novel’s title comes from the fact that Colin has dated nineteen girls, and all of them have been named Katherine. Over the course of the novel, with the help of his best friend Hassan and the characters they meet while road tripping through Gutshot, Tennessee, Colin comes to the conclusion that it is time to break his Katherine streak to try dating Lindsey Lee Wells. When Colin was a toddler, he surprised his father by reading aloud off the back of the newspaper. Ever since, his parents (especially his father) have been obsessed with getting Colin the most top-notch education they can offer him. Colin’s mother constantly tells him how “special” he is, and his father pushes him to be a high achiever, learning languages, math, philosophy, history, and other subjects as rapidly as possible. While Colin is called a “child prodigy,” he is only one year ahead in school because his mother did not want him to have too many social problems (although he has endured bullying anyway; his mother has always told him that it is because the other kids are jealous of how smart he is). Colin has thus undergone many of the growing pains of adolescence right alongside his peers. Colin’s parents see his dating life as a distraction from his studies, and do not recognize that when Katherine XIX breaks up with him on graduation night, just prior to the start of the novel, he needs some time to deal with the breakup before diving into summer studies. Colin thus starts off the novel feeling romantically lost but as though there is enormous pressure on him, now that he is growing up and heading off to college, to do something in order to earn the qualifier of “special” that his parents have always given him freely. He decides that his stroke of genius will be the creation of a Theorem to predict relationship outcomes. Colin keeps failing to write an accurate Theorem, however, and eventually undergoes the much more significant growing process of realizing that relationships have too many variables to predict in this way, and that he has been limiting himself by thinking that he and his relationships must conform to a certain mathematical model.

Colin Singleton Quotes in An Abundance of Katherines

The An Abundance of Katherines quotes below are all either spoken by Colin Singleton or refer to Colin Singleton. 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 1  Quotes

Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something.

Related Symbols: The Hole in Colin’s Gut
Page Number: 7
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Chapter 2 Quotes

All I ever wanted was for her to love me and to do something meaningful with my life.

Page Number: 9
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Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do. The vast majority of child prodigies don’t become adult geniuses. Colin was almost certain that he was among that unfortunate majority.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Driving was a kind of thinking, the only kind he could then tolerate. But still the thought lurked out there, just beyond the reach of his headlights: he’d been dumped. By a girl named Katherine. For the nineteenth time.

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Page Number: 15
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You’re a very special person. Colin would hear this a lot, and yet – somehow – he could never hear it enough.

Related Symbols: The Hole in Colin’s Gut
Page Number: 18
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His single consolation was that one day, he would matter. He’d be famous. And none of them ever would. That’s why, his mom said, they made fun of him in the first place. “They’re just jealous,” she said. But Colin knew better. They weren’t jealous. He just wasn’t likable. Sometimes it’s that simple.

Page Number: 20
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Shit, Colin made a funny. This place is like magic for you. Shame about how we’re gonna die here, though. I mean, seriously. An Arab and a half-Jew enter a store in Tennessee. It’s the beginning of a joke, and the punchline is “sodomy.”

Related Characters: Hassan Harbish (speaker), Colin Singleton
Related Symbols: The Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Page Number: 30
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He thought of Chicago, where you can go days without ever once stepping on a single patch of actual earth. That well-paved world appealed to him, and he missed it as his feet fell on uneven clumps of hardened dirt that threatened to twist his ankles.

Related Symbols: The Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Page Number: 32
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What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something important?

Related Characters: Colin Singleton, Hassan Harbish
Page Number: 33
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He could just never see anything coming, and as he lay on the solid, uneven ground with Hassan pressing too hard on his forehead, Colin Singleton’s distance from his glasses made him realize the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments, The Theorem
Page Number: 35
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She tried to get out as quickly and painlessly as possible, but after she begged curfew, he began to cry. She held his head against her collarbone. And even though he felt pitiful and ridiculous, he didn’t want it to end, because he knew the absence of her would hurt more than any breakup ever could.

Related Symbols: The Hole in Colin’s Gut
Page Number: 40
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Chapter 6 Quotes

[Y]ou can see into the future if you have a basic understanding of how people are likely to act.

Related Characters: Colin Singleton (speaker), Hassan Harbish, Lindsey Lee Wells
Related Symbols: The Theorem
Page Number: 43
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[I]t is important to know things because it makes you special and you can read books that normal people cannot read, such as Ovid’s Metamorphosis, which is in Latin.

Related Characters: Colin Singleton (speaker), Katherine Carter (Katherine I/XIX)
Page Number: 46
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Like it or not, Colin thought, road trips have destinations.

Page Number: 64
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No longer a prodigy, not yet a genius – but still a smartypants.

Page Number: 65
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Authors never included the whole story; they just got to the point. Colin thought the truth should matter as much as the point, and he figured that was why he couldn’t tell good stories.

Related Characters: Colin Singleton
Page Number: 70
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Chapter 10 Quotes

The missing piece in his stomach hurt so much – and eventually he stopped thinking about the Theorem and wondered only how something that isn’t there can hurt you.

Related Characters: Colin Singleton, Hassan Harbish
Page Number: 101
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Chapter 13 Quotes

You’re not boring. You’ve got to stop saying that, or people will start believing you.

Related Characters: Lindsey Lee Wells (speaker), Colin Singleton
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“It’s funny, what people will do to be remembered.”

“Well, or to be forgotten, because someday no one will know who’s really buried there. Already a lot of kids at school and stuff think the Archduke is really buried here, and I like that. I like knowing one story and having everyone else know another. That’s why those tapes we made are going to be so great one day, because they’ll tell stories that time has swallowed up or distorted or whatever.”

Related Characters: Colin Singleton (speaker), Lindsey Lee Wells (speaker), Hollis Wells
Page Number: 201-2
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And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. And the second moral of the story, if a story can have multiple morals, is that Dumpers are not inherently worse than Dumpees—breaking up isn’t something that gets done to you; it’s something that happens with you.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments, The Theorem
Page Number: 207-8
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Epilogue Quotes

As the staggered lines rushed past him, he thought about the space between what we remember and what happened, the space between what we predict and what will happen. And in that space, Colin thought, there was room enough to reinvent himself – room enough to make himself into something other than a prodigy, to remake his story better and different – room enough to be reborn again and again….There was room enough to be anyone – anyone except whom he’d already been, for if Colin had learned one thing from Gutshot, it’s that you can’t stop the future from coming. And for the first time in his life, he smiled thinking about the always-coming infinite future stretching out before him.

Related Symbols: Satan’s Hearse
Page Number: 214-15
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Colin’s skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way.

Page Number: 215
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Colin Singleton Character Timeline in An Abundance of Katherines

The timeline below shows where the character Colin Singleton appears in An Abundance of Katherines. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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The novel begins the morning after “noted child prodigy Colin Singleton” has graduated high school and been dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl... (full context)
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Back in the present, Colin is too depressed to cry. He gets out of the bath and finds his parents... (full context)
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Colin finds out that Katherine XIX has called, but only to report that she is worried... (full context)
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Colin asks for a day before discussing plans. His mother tells him that of course he... (full context)
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The signature Colin pays greatest attention to over the course of the fourteen hours is the one from... (full context)
Chapter 2
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A little after 10:00 p.m., Colin’s brooding is interrupted when his friend Hassan Harbish enters Colin’s room without knocking. Hassan calls... (full context)
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Hassan returns and kicks Colin, who is still lying on the floor. Hassan says he had to hold his nose... (full context)
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Colin says he wants to die. “All I ever wanted was for her to love me... (full context)
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Colin sighs. The narrator states that although Hassan is “not that religious,” he often tries to... (full context)
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After climbing off Colin, Hassan turns serious and asks his friend what the problem is. Colin says the problem... (full context)
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...wants to know if the problem is the genius thing or the Katherine XIX thing. Colin answers, “I just love her so much,” but internally, as the narrator reflects, he is... (full context)
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Hassan tells Colin that the genius thing is “nothing” but a desire to be famous. When Colin protests... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Colin and Hassan are sitting in the Singletons’ living room, telling Colin’s parents that they are... (full context)
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Colin has never disappointed his parents before by rebelling in any of the other stereotypical teenage... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan now have to convince Hassan’s parents to let him go on the road... (full context)
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Late at night, Hassan is sleeping in the passenger seat while Colin drives on the highway. Driving is just distracting enough that it helps him ignore the... (full context)
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The narrator explains that everyone has a romantic type, and Colin’s type is girls named Katherine (spelled exactly this way). All nineteen girls he has dated... (full context)
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The narrator provides more of Colin’s backstory in a section subtitled, “Katherine I: The Beginning (of the Beginning).” When Colin was... (full context)
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The evening of his IQ testing, Colin’s father brought home a book about a circle that was missing a piece shaped like... (full context)
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Colin eventually enrolled in first grade at the school where his mother taught. He was only... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Colin pulls into a rest stop in Kentucky around 3:00 a.m. to sleep. Hassan wakes him... (full context)
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Colin goes to the bathroom and anagrams a phrase he sees scratched into the door. Rather... (full context)
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Colin’s thoughts lead him to the term “pupillary sphincter,” which reminds him of how he met... (full context)
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Back in the present, Hassan says that he doesn’t think much of Kentucky. Forlorn, Colin says it reminds him of Katherine XIX. He talks about how the two of them... (full context)
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Further down the road, Hassan wants to exit to see the World’s Largest Wooden Crucifix. Colin says they shouldn’t because neither of them is Christian and because it will remind him... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Hassan wants to know if Colin already knew the World’s Largest Wooden Crucifix was in Kentucky. Colin tries to tell Hassan... (full context)
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From the Hardee’s parking lot at the exit, Colin calls his mother. He asks if “anyone” called, and his mom tells him sorry and... (full context)
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...people there have ever seen “an actual, living Arab.” For that matter, he asks if Colin if he thinks “they’ve ever seen a Jew-fro.” Colin insists, feeling that the Archduke’s grave... (full context)
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The narrator interjects that it is not fate but rather Colin’s “character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses, that finally brought him to Gutshot, Tennessee –... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan go into the building and hide behind racks of potato chips, neither of... (full context)
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Colin misses the well-paved landscape of Chicago while he, Lindsey, and Hassan walk across an uneven... (full context)
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Colin gets distracted making anagrams, which leads him to trip, fall, and hit his head on... (full context)
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...in front of Lindsey because he did not want to reveal is “man-tits.” He helps Colin look for his glasses while describing Lindsey’s purple bra to his friend. Colin reflects on... (full context)
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In a section entitled “Katherine XIX: The End (of the End),” Colin recalls the day Katherine XIX broke up with him. It was the day they graduated... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Just as keys and Katherines show up when you reconcile yourself to their absence, Colin reflects, his “Eureka” moment happens as soon as he accepts it never will. It feels... (full context)
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Lindsey returns with a new shirt and a first aid kit while Colin is finishing up the sketch. She tries to test him for a concussion by asking... (full context)
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Hassan grabs Colin’s notebook, and Colin explains that he is trying to write a Theorem to predict relationship... (full context)
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In a section called “The Middle (of the Beginning), Colin reflects on how Katherine I became his first girlfriend. He was in third grade when... (full context)
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Krazy Keith’s daughter would sometimes accompany her parents to dinner parties at Colin’s house. One night, one of these dinners devolved into Katherine watching Colin study Latin. After... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lindsey, Colin, and Hassan have continued walking through the field, which turns abruptly into a graveyard. A... (full context)
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Colin looks at the obelisk and reflects on what might have been for the Archduke if... (full context)
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...got the Archduke. Lindsey says the town bought him around 1921 for thirty-five hundred dollars. Colin mentions that thirty-five hundred dollars in 1921 amounts to far more in modern currency and... (full context)
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...some of her friends from school trudging over the slope. When the newcomers introduce themselves, Colin speaks bad fake French while Hassan pretends to translate for him. A muscular boy Lindsey... (full context)
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When Colin says the word “hemorrhoid” in French, Hassan cannot resist telling Katrina that he said her... (full context)
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Colin hopes to work on the Theorem in the car. Hassan says he needs some Gatorade... (full context)
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...is at the store when they arrive, turns out to be Lindsey’s mother. Hollis recognizes Colin as the winner of the game show KranialKidz. Colin is shocked that she watched the... (full context)
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...and Lindsey’s house, Hollis leads the way in a pink pickup truck with Hassan while Colin drives the Hearse with Lindsey to give him directions. Lindsey admires Colin’s skill with languages.... (full context)
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Lindsey makes Colin swear not to laugh when she tells him what the plant makes: mainly tampons. Colin... (full context)
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Colin wanders around until he finds a room with an imposing desk that looks like “the... (full context)
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After an hour, Colin returns to the dining room, where everyone is seated for dinner. He notices that the... (full context)
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After dinner, Hollis asks Colin how it felt to win KranialKidz because she recalls that he did not seem very... (full context)
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Colin tells Hollis that he’s not qualified to do any work because he always spends his... (full context)
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Colin consults Hassan in Arabic about his worry that the job will take up his time... (full context)
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A while later, Hollis decides they should all play Scrabble. Lindsey is aghast that Colin is a genius but has never played Scrabble. He insists he is not a genius,... (full context)
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In the evening, Colin calls his parents and tells them he is in Gutshot but does not tell them... (full context)
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Just as Colin is wondering whether he lacks the math skills for the Theorem, Lindsey comes in wearing... (full context)
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Lindsey tells Colin that she used to be ugly and got picked on a lot. Colin tries to... (full context)
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Colin says he wouldn’t judge Lindsey if she had sold her soul because “not having friends... (full context)
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In a section subtitled, “The End (of the Beginning),” Colin recalls how after his first kiss with Katherine I, he kept trying to translate Ovid... (full context)
Chapter 8
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In the morning, Colin realizes that his life in Chicago has sheltered him from the understanding that the rooster... (full context)
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Around 7:00 a.m., Colin goes into the bathroom to brush his teeth. Hassan is there taking a shower, and... (full context)
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Colin begins anagramming “dingleberries,” and Hassan says maybe that’s why Katherine XIX dumped him. Colin responds,... (full context)
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Hassan and Lindsey watch The Today Show and Colin reads from a Lord Byron anthology he brought with him while Hollis gets ready. Lindsey... (full context)
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...of Gutshot, “for future generations.” There have been issues with gossip about the interviews, so Colin and Hassan, who are outsiders, and Lindsey, who everyone trusts, will be conducting the interviews... (full context)
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...TOC because his friend, who can say “unique” in nine languages, is “clearly the Primary Colin.” Colin feels affection toward Hassan and feels like some medicine has momentarily been applied to... (full context)
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...them at the door and appears to be missing his lower jaw. In response to Colin’s staring, he explains that he lost the jaw to cancer. The smell of the house... (full context)
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In a section subtitled, “The Beginning (of the End),” Colin recalls how Katherine XIX became the XIX. He had been wanting to kiss her for... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Back in Starnes’s un-air-conditioned living room, Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey interview him. He says he was born in “the country” (south-central Tennessee)... (full context)
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It is now very hot, and Colin reflects that this is a hard way to make a hundred dollars. Starnes offers everyone... (full context)
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...about his marriage and about avoiding the draft by shooting off two of his toes. Colin reflects that Starnes never seems to have heard of “transitions.” He knows he is not... (full context)
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In the Hearse, Lindsey insists that Hassan and Colin drop her off at the store to see The Other Colin and then make themselves... (full context)
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After dropping off Lindsey, Colin and Hassan spend some time eating unappetizing burgers and fries at Hardee’s. Colin reads more... (full context)
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Lindsey gives Colin and Hassan TOC’s keys so that they can wait for her in his air-conditioned truck.... (full context)
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When Hassan returns, he complains about Lindsey’s bubbly demeanor around TOC. Colin asks if Hassan has a crush on her, and Hassan says that dating Lindsey would... (full context)
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They eat dinner in the backyard, which Colin admires for its size. Gutshot has a wide-open feel that he likes. After dinner, he... (full context)
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Off the phone, Colin walks past Hassan’s room and hears Lindsey and Hassan talking about him. Lindsey wants to... (full context)
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Colin walks into the room, and Hassan and Lindsey change the subject. Colin works on the... (full context)
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Lindsey interrupts Colin’s thoughts by beginning to teach him about storytelling. His stories, she tells him, need plots... (full context)
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In a section called “The Beginning (of the Middle),” Colin recalls how his pattern dating Katherines started. He was not especially hung up on Katherine... (full context)
Chapter 10
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In the morning, Colin goes downstairs to find Hollis passed out on the couch and Hassan eating breakfast. Hassan... (full context)
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Hassan teases Colin about his bedhead and Colin’s insistence that it makes him look like Nikola Tesla. Nonetheless,... (full context)
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Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey get out the door and go to interview a bearded man named... (full context)
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Toward the end of the day, a woman walks into the room where Colin and Hassan are conducting the interviews and says she is the last employee who hasn’t... (full context)
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After the interviews, Colin and Hassan drive around until Colin decides, against Hassan’s protests, to trudge out into a... (full context)
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...Lindsey, pulls up with Lindsey in Satan’s Hearse. Both Hassan and Lindsey try to comfort Colin, Lindsey telling him to let it out when he begins to cry. Colin protests that... (full context)
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In the evening, Colin works on the Theorem but becomes increasingly frustrated as he comes to the conclusion that... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The fifth night in Gutshot, Colin refuses Hassan, Lindsey, and even Hollis‘s attempts to get him to go out driving around... (full context)
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...named Lewis Terman chose seven thousand gifted children (whose IQs, granted, were all lower than Colin’s) and followed them into adulthood. They were largely successful, but “almost none of them turned... (full context)
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Colin’s great success arrived at the end of his junior year, when he won a $10,000... (full context)
Chapter 12
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In the morning, Colin wakes to the sound of the rooster and Hassan’s morning prayers. Colin goes to ask... (full context)
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...the factory to check on things and then to the warehouse in Memphis. She evades Colin’s question about why the warehouse is in Memphis. She tells Colin that she is sending... (full context)
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...Lindsey comes downstairs, Hassan is watching TV. “Sorry Linds,” he says, “I called in sick.” Colin notes that he has never called Lindsey “Linds.” On the way out to the Hearse,... (full context)
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They come up on Chase’s car. Lindsey has Colin slow down and roll down his window. TOC is driving and calls out, “Hey Lass.”... (full context)
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By the time they reach the nursing home where they are to conduct their interviews, Colin and Lindsey have settled on five variables: age, popularity differential, attractiveness differential, Dumper/Dumpee differential, and... (full context)
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Colin has only been to a nursing home once, to visit a relative in a coma,... (full context)
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...going from one of their houses to the next in the “pre-friend days.” She teases Colin about how they kept talking about his good looks and that he could get a... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Hassan goes out with Lindsey, Katrina, TOC, JATT, and SOCT on Sunday and Monday while Colin works on the Theorem, which he still can’t get right for Katherine III or Katherine... (full context)
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Once Hassan goes to bed, Colin continues working on the Theorem through his tears. He thinks of a best friend, a... (full context)
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The next morning, Colin and Hassan avoid talking to each other during the interviews. Colin thinks about all the... (full context)
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Hassan and Colin make up after Colin congratulates Hassan for kissing a girl. They joke that they might... (full context)
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...another illicit date with TOC, Hassan and TOC joke with each other, and TOC invites Colin to come out shooting with the group. Colin almost accepts but remembers his realization with... (full context)
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Colin, Lindsey, and Hassan go back to Hollis’s house early. She is on the phone when... (full context)
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Before dinner, Colin continues working on the Theorem. He realizes that his problem with the Katherine XIX graph... (full context)
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When Lindsey comes by Colin’s room to get him for dinner, he is struck by how pretty she is. On... (full context)
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In the car, after Colin and Lindsey get food from what Lindsey refers to as the “Taco Hell” drive-thru and... (full context)
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They go to a field that Lindsey tells Colin will soon be owned by Marcus. They discuss their parents. Colin learns that Lindsey’s parents... (full context)
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Lindsey gets a shotgun out of the trunk, loads it, and tells Colin to shoot straight ahead. The kick knocks him over, and Lindsey laughs, telling him that... (full context)
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In a section subtitled, “The End (of the Middle),” Colin recalls sitting with Katherine I in Café Sel Marie and telling her about his Katherine... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Back in the present, Lindsey tells Colin that the problem with his stories is that they don’t have morals, he can’t do... (full context)
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Lindsey leads Colin to a small, dark cave. She says she is bringing him there because he is... (full context)
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...been in here with someone else and says it is different being invisible with someone. Colin asks what she does here since it is too dark to read or do anything.... (full context)
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Lindsey decides to tell Colin a story about herself. She says that in elementary school, she was friends with all... (full context)
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After another moment of silence, Colin asks if Lindsey thinks people would like her more or less if they could see... (full context)
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After a longer silence, Colin says that he likes Lindsey, and that she doesn’t chameleon in front of him. For... (full context)
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Colin and Lindsey return home after dark, talking about how it is just not meant to... (full context)
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On the stairs, Lindsey and Colin conspire about Hollis’s phone call. It must have something to do with the warehouse, Colin... (full context)
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Colin sneaks into Hassan’s room once Lindsey goes downstairs. They discuss how Hassan got to second... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Things are awkward over the next few days because Lindsey and Colin do not talk about anything they mentioned in the cave, but slowly things return to... (full context)
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Colin tries to prepare for the pig hunt by reading. The feral pig seems like a... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan drive to the meeting place for the hunt in the Hearse with Lindsey.... (full context)
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Inside the lodge, SOCT hands Colin and Hassan camouflage outfits and bright orange vests. They change in the outhouse. Mr. Lyford... (full context)
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On the hunt, Colin and Hassan are to stick with Mr. Lyford while the others go off separately. He... (full context)
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Hassan has Colin pull out the mini recorder from the interviews and records a “captain’s log,” in a... (full context)
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When Hassan wakes, Colin tells him about Katherine III, and how she dumped him at the end of “smart... (full context)
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Colin feels betrayed by his memory. He tells Hassan that he has only ever been two... (full context)
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Just then, Hassan spots a pig, and the pig spots Colin and Hassan. It is huge and terrifying. Colin tries to recall useful information from books... (full context)
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When the buzzing stops, Hassan collapses. Colin panics at first, thinking his friend is allergic to bees and going into anaphylactic shock.... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan begin walking downhill, uncertain of where they are and worried that they might... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Colin, who has never seen people having sex before, finds the sight of Katrina and the... (full context)
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When Lindsey, SOCT, and JATT show up, Colin tries to decide whether or not to tell Lindsey—would he want to know if he... (full context)
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Everyone drinks except Hassan, who says he is no longer drinking. Lindsey asks if Colin is quiet because of the stings, and he says they burn “like the fire of... (full context)
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Once Colin has recovered a bit, everyone gangs up on TOC. Colin is an inexperienced fighter and... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The next morning is Colin and Hassan’s twenty-second morning in Gutshot, which is “indubitably the worst.” Colin is in pain... (full context)
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Downstairs, Lindsey says she doesn’t want to talk about what happened, but that she hopes Colin’s genitals are okay. That day, they are to go interview Mabel Bertrand, who is at... (full context)
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...Hassan says that the fact that the nursing home isn’t funny is getting to him. Colin challenges him as to why everything has to be funny, but Hassan objects to being... (full context)
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That night, Colin finishes the Theorem and gets an accurate graph for his true relationship with Katherine III.... (full context)
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Hassan tells Colin the formula seems to work, but it really only proves what everyone already knew: that... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Lindsey wakes Colin up on Thursday morning, telling him they are going to Memphis to spy on Hollis.... (full context)
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...empty parking lot. There is no receptionist in the small office of the warehouse, so Colin, Lindsey, and Hassan make their way out back to a dirt field, where there are... (full context)
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...having her director of operations bury the factory’s product, thereby running Gutshot into the ground. Colin is protesting that he doesn’t think Hollis wants to run the company into the ground... (full context)
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Lindsey demands why, if the company is so broke, Hollis hired Colin and Hassan to do a made-up job. Hollis explains that the job is not made... (full context)
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Lindsey rides with Hollis on the way back to Gutshot, leaving Colin and Hassan alone together in the Hearse. Hassan takes the opportunity to tell Colin that... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Colin and Hassan arrive home after Hollis and Lindsey. Hollis tells them Lindsey went to stay... (full context)
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Colin drives in the Hearse to the field where he practiced shooting with Lindsey, hoping that... (full context)
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Lindsey tells Colin that she thinks TOC is not real after all, and she is mad that she... (full context)
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Colin askes Lindsey how to fix the problem of being self-centered. She tells him she has... (full context)
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After a silence, Colin says he thinks the Archduke’s grave contains someone else’s body. Lindsey says it’s her great-grandfather.... (full context)
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Colin and Lindsey seem to grab each other’s hand. Colin tells her how he dumped Katherine... (full context)
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In a section subtitled, “The Beginning, and the Middle, and the End,” Colin tells Lindsey about each Katherine. Katherine I was his tutor’s daughter. Katherine II was an... (full context)
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Colin ends his story by saying that the moral is that “What you remember becomes what... (full context)
Epilogue
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Colin wakes up in the morning, exhausted, and descends the stairs to find Hassan going over... (full context)
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The day the Theorem indicates as the day Lindsey will break up with Colin, he wakes up to a note from Lindsey telling him she is dumping him for... (full context)
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The next day, Colin works on the Theorem some more while Hassan and Lindsey play poker. Suddenly, he realizes... (full context)
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Colin continues to think about how the future threatens to swallow everyone up eventually. Lindsey’s stories,... (full context)
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Walking out to the Hearse with Lindsey and Hassan, nothing much happens, but Colin knows he will remember it because it is “thick with mattering.” As Colin drives, they... (full context)