An American Marriage

by

Tayari Jones

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Roy Hamilton Jr. Character Analysis

Roy Othaniel Hamilton Jr. is the husband of Celestial Davenport, the son of Olive, and the adopted son of Big Roy. Raised in the fictional rural town of Eloe, Louisiana, Roy attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he develops a reputation as a ladies’ man. A promising marketing executive at the start of the novel, he has been married to Celestial for only a year and a half when he’s wrongfully accused of attacking a woman at a motel and sentenced to twelve years in prison. There, he discovers that his cellmate, Walter, is his biological father. Roy tries to maintain good spirits while incarcerated, though he finds himself feeling betrayed by his wife as she focuses more on her art career and eventually develops a relationship with his former college classmate, Andre. Roy emerges from prison a changed man, having experienced unspeakable hardship while incarcerated. Though he comes close to reuniting with Celestial, he ultimately realizes that their relationship has been irrevocably broken and instead returns to Eloe engaged to his former high school classmate Davina Hardrick.

Roy Hamilton Jr. Quotes in An American Marriage

The An American Marriage quotes below are all either spoken by Roy Hamilton Jr. or refer to Roy Hamilton Jr.. 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 Algonquin edition of An American Marriage published in 2018.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

But home isn’t where you land; home is where you launch. You can’t pick your home any more than you can choose your family. In poker you get five cards. Three of them you can swap out, but two are yours to keep: family and native land.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker)
Page Number: 4
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

Memory is a queer creature, an eccentric curator. I still look back on that night, although not as often as I once did. How long can you live with your face twisted over your shoulder? No matter what people may say, this was not a failure to remember. I’m not sure it is a failure at all.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 28
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Did we love so forcefully that night because we knew or because we didn’t? Was there an alarm from the future, a furious bell without its clapper? Did this hopeless bell manage to generate a breeze, causing me to reach to the floor to find my slip and use it to cover myself? Did some subtle warning cause Roy to turn and pin me to his side with his heavy arm?

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 34
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But what is real? Was it our uneventful first impression? Or the day in New York, of all places, where we found each other once again? Or did things “get real” when we married, or was it the day that the prosecutor in a little nowhere town declared Roy to be a flight risk? The state declared that though he may have roots in Louisiana, his home was in Atlanta, so he was held without bond or bail. At this pronouncement, Roy spat out a caustic laugh. “So now roots are irrelevant?”

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 37
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Sleeping by myself didn’t kill me then and will not kill me now. But this is what loss has taught me of love. Our house isn’t simply empty, our home has been emptied. Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it’s gone, nothing is whole again.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 41
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Am I different? It has been close to three years, so I guess I have changed. Yesterday I sat under the hickory tree in the front yard. It’s the only place where I find rest and just feel fine. I know fine isn’t a lot, but it’s rare for me these days. Even when I’m happy, there is something in between me and whatever good news comes my way. It’s like eating a butterscotch still sealed in a wrapper. The tree is untouched by whatever worries we humans fret over. I think about how it was here before I was born and it will be here after we’re all gone. Maybe this should make me sad, but it doesn’t.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Related Symbols: Old Hickey
Page Number: 80
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Dear Celestial,

I am innocent.

Dear Roy,

I am innocent, too.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport (speaker)
Page Number: 84
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Part 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

Grandmamma would tell Evie to hush and remind her that getting left by a man was not the worst thing that ever happened to somebody. And Evie would say, “It’s the worst thing that ever happened to me.” She said it so much that she came down with lupus. “God wanted me to see what misery really was,” Evie said. I didn’t like all this God talk, like He was up there toying with us. I preferred more of the tenderness and acceptance my grandmother promised in her hymns. I told this to Evie when I was a little boy and she said, “You got to work with the god you were given.”

You also have to work with the love you are given, with all of the complications clanging behind it like tin cans tied to a bridal sedan.

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Celestial Davenport, Carlos , Evie
Page Number: 102-103
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

“I’m ready. But I can’t lie. Sometimes I feel guilty as hell for just being able to live my life.”

I didn’t have to tell him that I understood, because he knew that I did. There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Franklin Davenport
Page Number: 115
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Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

But that was when we thought incarceration had something to do with being guilty or at least being stupid.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Big Roy Hamilton
Page Number: 127
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

When I was twenty-four, living in New York City, I thought maybe black love went that way, too, integrated into extinction.

Nikki Giovanni said, “Black love is Black wealth.”

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 135
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Part 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

“I know,” she said. “Nobody around here thought you did it. It was just the wrong race and the wrong time. Police are shady as hell. That’s why everybody is locked up.”

Related Characters: Davina Hardrick (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 168
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Part 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

Now Mr. Davenport was loyal to Roy above his own daughter. In a way, the whole black race was loyal to Roy, a man just down from the cross.

Page Number: 192
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“You say you want my advice. Here’s what I have. Tell the truth. Don’t try to cushion the blow. If you’re bad enough to do it, you’re bad enough to tell it. You can ask you mama. She’ll tell you she was so unhappy because I didn’t drop lies into her morning coffee. The whole time she knew exactly who she was married to.”

Related Characters: Carlos (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Andre, Evie
Page Number: 197
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Part 3, Chapter 5 Quotes

The son that Celestial and I didn’t have would have been four or five, I think. If a kindergartener slept in the backroom, there is no way Celestial would be talking about how she’s with Andre now. I would say, “A boy need his father.” This is a scientific fact. There wouldn’t be anything else to talk about.

But as things were, there was a lot to talk about, more words than could fit into my mouth.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport, Andre
Page Number: 244
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Part 3, Chapter 6 Quotes

“I accidentally killed a man,” he told me. “I’ve been through a lot, Celestial. Even if you go in innocent, you don’t come out that way. So, please?”

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport (speaker)
Page Number: 248
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Part 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

All I wanted to take with me was my tooth. For years, I stored it in a velvet box, like what a ring comes in. I couldn’t tell her because she would think that I was being sentimental, that I was turning the memory of our first date over in my mouth like a mint. She wouldn’t understand that I couldn’t leave without the rest of my body.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport
Related Symbols: Roy’s Tooth
Page Number: 261
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Part 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

Have you ever stared fury in its eyes? There is no saving yourself from a man in its throes. Roy’s face was haunted and wild. The cords of his neck muscles were like cables; his lips made a hard gash. The unceasing blows were fueled by a need to hurt me that was greater than his own need for oxygen or even freedom. His need to hurt me was greater even than my own desire to survive. My efforts to protect myself where ritualistic, mannered, and symbolic, while his fists, feet, and needs were operating from a brutal code.

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 277
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But I was sorry. Not for what was between Celestial and me, I would never regret that. I was sorry for a lot of things. I was sorry for Evie, suffering from lupus for so many years. I was sorry for elephants killed for their ivory. I was sorry for Carlos, who traded one family for another. I was sorry for everyone in the world because we all had to die and nobody knew what happened after that. I was sorry for Celestial, who was probably watching from the window. Most of all, I was sorry for Roy. The last time I saw him on that morning before his mother’s wake, he said, “I never had a chance, did I? I only thought I did.”

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Celestial Davenport, Carlos , Evie
Page Number: 278
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Part 3, Chapter 11 Quotes

But he only turned toward Old Hickey. “It’s too much.” Then quickly—it must have been quickly—but I somehow took notice of each move, Roy tucked his lips against his teeth, gripped the tree like a brother, and then tipped his head back, presenting his face to the sky before driving his forehead against the ancient bark. The sound was muted, like the wet crack of an egg against the kitchen floor. He did it again, harder this time.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Andre
Related Symbols: Old Hickey
Page Number: 282
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Roy Hamilton Jr. Character Timeline in An American Marriage

The timeline below shows where the character Roy Hamilton Jr. appears in An American Marriage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Roy attended Morehouse College, becoming the first of his family to get an undergraduate education. He... (full context)
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At their wedding, Celestial makes it clear to Roy that all of the pomp and circumstance are just for show. In Bali on their... (full context)
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Roy is Celestial’s muse. Her first award-winning sculpture is a work in glass that looks like... (full context)
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Something terrible happens when the couple visits Roy’s parents in Eloe over Labor Day weekend. Roy has just made some big sales, and... (full context)
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Upon arriving at his parents’ home, Roy bounds out of the car and Olive is elated to see him. Celestial remains in... (full context)
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...join them in the kitchen, Olive tells Celestial that she hears her daughter-in-law is famous; Roy had sent his mother a copy of Celestial’s college alumni bulletin featuring an article about... (full context)
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...the mayor of Atlanta. Olive gasps when she sees the doll, recognizing its likeness to Roy. With Olive rendered speechless, Celestial describes the care she put into the doll’s construction. Olive... (full context)
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The hotel where they stay is not particularly nice. Roy tells Celestial that Olive worked there as a cleaner when the place was called The... (full context)
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When Celestial asks if his father was working at the time, Roy reveals that Big Roy is not his biological father. Instead, he adopted Roy when he... (full context)
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At the ice machine, Roy meets a woman about Olive’s age, heavyset, with her arm in a sling. In an... (full context)
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...no fight can be fought with the past. In flashback, Celestial tells the story of Roy calling out their safe word and leaving the room, and her subsequent call to Andre.... (full context)
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Celestial and Roy make love, and Celestial cries, believing that her tears are caused by “passion rather than... (full context)
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Celestial tells the story, in flashback, of how she met Roy in college. After one bad year at Howard, Celestial transfers to Spelman. Roy and Andre... (full context)
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Back in the narrative present, they hire a family friend named Uncle Banks to defend Roy, but he sits in jail for 100 days before his case goes to trial. Celestial... (full context)
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...the trial. When Celestial is on the witness stand, the prosecutor asks what she and Roy had been fighting about that evening. Celestial pauses, and though Banks objects so she doesn’t... (full context)
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Roy sobs upon being sentenced to twelve years in jail. In his weeping, Celestial recognizes all... (full context)
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Roy tells Celestial that it’s bad in jail and that no one, not even a murderer,... (full context)
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...can’t handle them looking at her, but she also can’t stop making them. She tells Roy that only Andre knows about the abortion. He took her to the appointment and reminded... (full context)
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Roy writes Celestial formally discontinuing their relationship. He asks that she not come to visit him.... (full context)
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...He knows it’s not reasonable to be jealous of the past, in the form of Roy, and stakes his claim to Celestial by saying he has loved her for his whole... (full context)
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...to spend the night, but they’d sleep with the covers between them for modesty. When Roy burst into Andre’s dorm room that first time, it seemed clear that Celestial was totally... (full context)
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...one day to find Celestial drinking wine at the kitchen table. She tells him that Roy is being released, and they toast to Uncle Banks. She asks Andre if he thinks... (full context)
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Celestial asks Andre what they’ll do, and Andre says their first obligation is to tell Roy. They have four weeks to work out their plan. Andre offers to go talk to... (full context)
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...that Celestial wants to be with him. He tells her they aren’t together only because Roy was locked up, and she says she knows. He begs her to marry him and... (full context)
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...stubborn opposition to her and Andre. While he had initially favored Dre for Celestial over Roy, he can’t support the way that Celestial has taken up with Andre while Roy is... (full context)
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...not married to Uncle Banks, she had been matron of honor at Celestial’s wedding to Roy. Sylvia takes Dre inside and Celestial hangs back. Uncle Banks says he didn’t tell her... (full context)
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...she tells her daughter, “Whatever it is, you know I’ll always be your mother.” When Roy had asked for this dessert as his groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner, Gloria had... (full context)
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Franklin chastises Andre for taking advantage of a situation where his friend Roy is being held as a hostage of the state. Gloria asks Franklin to apologize, arguing... (full context)
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Every night, Roy chants Celestial’s name like a plea. He thinks of her vision board that held pictures... (full context)
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...flashback she tells the story of waiting tables and studying art in grad school while Roy was living in Atlanta working a cubicle job that required travel. One day, Celestial waits... (full context)
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In a parallel flashback, Roy remembers the same night outside the restaurant, in which he stands memorizing Celestial’s face. She... (full context)
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Roy asks Celestial what she’s studying and she tells him about the dolls she makes. She... (full context)
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The thief gets away, and, instead of continuing the chase, Celestial stops to make sure Roy is okay. She tells him he is her hero and recommends that he go to... (full context)
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In a flashback to the Sunday before Olive’s funeral, Andre goes to visit Roy in prison while Celestial stays with Big Roy. There, Roy asks Andre to take his... (full context)
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At Roy’s request, Celestial sings a hymn at Olive’s funeral. In the limo on the way to... (full context)
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...limo, Celestial talks about how, although she hasn’t thought about or touched another man since Roy was put in jail, seeing Big Roy’s behavior made her realize she doesn’t know what... (full context)
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Celestial tells Andre that Olive would hit her when she went too long without visiting Roy. She says that her face stung from that slap all through the funeral service. Andre... (full context)
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Back in the present Roy looks at his family bible, which contains a small family tree that does not include... (full context)
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When Davina finally invites him in, Roy admires her figure. She asks if he’s still married and he replies that he doesn’t... (full context)
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...before she was five years old. Looking out the window at the house next door, Roy recalls his French teacher, Mr. Fontenot, who once lived there and with whom Roy grew... (full context)
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Roy tries to say a blessing before the meal, but he chokes up and Davina takes... (full context)
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Davina tells Roy that she won’t pour him another drink because the area has become dangerous and she... (full context)
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...as a young woman, Celestial continues to say her prayers into adulthood. She prays for Roy and for forgiveness. She thinks of Roy’s tooth in her jewelry box and its strong... (full context)
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Roy spends about thirty-six hours at Davina’s house, finally leaving when she has to go to... (full context)
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Andre calls Big Roy’s house and is surprised when Roy answers. When he says, “We weren’t expecting you for... (full context)
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Roy cleans up and changes his clothes with the intention of going to Atlanta. Big Roy... (full context)
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Roy tells Big Roy about trading goods in prison. In an effort to get six dollars... (full context)
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Big Roy reminds Roy about the account in his name that Olive opened when he was born... (full context)
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Big Roy cuts his son’s hair. He tells Roy about courting his mother, and how ornery Roy... (full context)
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On his way to pick up Roy, Andre wishes he could talk to Carlos. He thinks about Mr. Davenport and how he’s... (full context)
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...who he’s marrying, and Andre is surprised he can’t guess it’s Celestial. Carlos asks about Roy, assuming he was guilty, and Andre defends him, informing Carlos that Roy has been released.... (full context)
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Carlos tells Andre that he has to be honest with Roy. Guessing that Roy will get physical, he advises Andre to take the blows and then... (full context)
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Roy notes that goodbyes aren’t his strong suit, recalling that he didn’t even say goodbye to... (full context)
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Roy goes to the cemetery to pay his respects to Olive. He reflects that it used... (full context)
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Roy goes to Walmart to see Davina. He apologizes to her for leaving town abruptly and... (full context)
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...convenience. Celestial views the situation as anything but convenient. Andre rehearses what he’ll say to Roy and Celestial looks at Old Hickey out front, thinking about how it’s been there longer... (full context)
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...and little bit selfish, but that not enough women have these qualities. Andre empathizes with Roy’s position, knowing he won’t be able to walk back into his professional life and that... (full context)
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Roy writes to Walter to say he’s in Mississippi on his way to see Celestial. When... (full context)
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Andre’s plan is to make it clear that he and Celestial  aren’t abandoning Roy, even as he breaks the news that they are now engaged. They’ll help him get... (full context)
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Andre has trouble finding the house without Big Roy’s car parked out front. When he finally does, Big Roy invites him in to eat... (full context)
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Andre asks after Roy, and Big Roy says he’s been doing as well as can be expected. Andre asks... (full context)
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The phone rings and Andre asks about it being disconnected. Big Roy says he lied, and mocks Andre for thinking he looks like someone who can’t pay... (full context)
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Celestial used to think she saw Roy around when he was locked up and she became accustomed to his ghost. On Christmas... (full context)
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...of the corner of her eye, Celestial sees what she thinks is a ghost of Roy across the street. Celestial reverts her attention to the customer and begins to wrap up... (full context)
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Roy reminisces about collecting keys as a kid, which he thought about every day in prison.... (full context)
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Roy returns to watch Celestial through the window as she helps the male customer. He thinks... (full context)
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...door. She calls out when she enters, and a voice replies from the dining room. Roy tells her that she didn’t change the locks. He helps her with her groceries and... (full context)
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Roy leads Celestial to the living room, noting the different wall color and the African artifacts... (full context)
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Roy notes that Celestial’s looks are different—she’s sadder, and her scent has changed too. He reflects... (full context)
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Someone rings the doorbell and both Celestial and Roy jump. Tamar is at the door with her baby Jelani, saying he wants to see... (full context)
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Roy asks if he can hold the baby and picks him up. He thinks about whether... (full context)
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As Tamar is leaving with Jelani, Celestial imagines that Tamar is Roy and Celestial’s successful daughter. When Celestial takes out her phone, Roy asks her not to... (full context)
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Celestial asks Roy if he has a condom and Roy is disheartened by the question. She tells him... (full context)
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Roy reflects on the fact that Davina didn’t insist on wearing a condom. Instead, she opened... (full context)
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Roy goes back to his room and calls Davina. She asks if he’s all right, and... (full context)
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Andre sleeps on the couch and Big Roy on his recliner chair, as if Andre needs to be watched to prevent him escaping... (full context)
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In the morning, Big Roy tells Andre that Andre wants Celestial, but he doesn’t need her like Roy does. Big... (full context)
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Roy wakes up the next morning, still with the dolls staring at him, though they seem... (full context)
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Roy joins Celestial in the kitchen. She prepares breakfast for them and Roy asks that they... (full context)
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Roy watches Celestial do the dishes and can tell by the set of her shoulders that... (full context)
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Roy finds a letter from his mother and sits down to read it. Olive tells him... (full context)
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Olive had tried to save Roy, but he wonders from what. Having not found the tooth in any of the boxes,... (full context)
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Roy approaches Celestial and he asks if she thinks he’s dangerous now. He asks Celestial if... (full context)
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Andre arrives home to find Roy chopping away at Old Hickey. Roy lodges the ax in the tree. Celestial goes to... (full context)
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...bench beneath Old Hickey between the two men. Andre puts his arm around her and Roy tells him that he doesn’t need to mark his territory in this way. Celestial argues... (full context)
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Andre tells Roy that he has to accept that he and Celestial are together now. Roy tells Celestial... (full context)
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Andre says that Celestial doesn’t belong to Roy and if he doesn’t understand that, Roy should punch him and get it over with.... (full context)
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Andre can’t bring himself to apologize to Roy. He’s not sorry for his love of Celestial, but he feels pity for all of... (full context)
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Celestial wonders why she left Roy and Andre outside. By the time she gets to the window, the men are wrestling... (full context)
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...anyway and ask Celestial if everything is all right. Celestial begs them not to hurt Roy and the cop asks who the men are. She refers to them as her husband... (full context)
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Andre tells Roy they’ll help him get set up and presents the option of Roy staying at Andre’s... (full context)
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Roy asks if Celestial has anything else to say. She thinks about Big Roy at Olive’s... (full context)
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Celestial cleans Roy’s wounds. He refuses to go to the hospital, saying he knows Celestial can care for... (full context)
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...but she says she needs to walk around. Andre’s ribs ache and he asks if Roy is still alive. She tells Andre that they can’t even imagine how much Roy has... (full context)
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Roy wakes up to Celestial being his “Georgia girl” again. They wish each other a merry... (full context)
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They make breakfast together and Roy notices the ruby shining on Celestial’s right hand. Celestial answers the phone and wishes her... (full context)
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Celestial makes Roy toast in the same way Olive used to do it, which Roy recognizes as a... (full context)
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While Celestial showers, Roy calls his father. He thinks Big Roy sounds sad, but his father says he just... (full context)
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Celestial emerges from the bathroom in a negligée. She lies on the bed and calls Roy to her. He tells her he wants to be real with her, and he tells... (full context)
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...weekend. Once she seemed different, probably aware of the cancer but not ready to tell Roy yet. She told him she knew the truth about his innocence, but wanted to hear... (full context)
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Back in the bedroom, Celestial pulls Roy to her, telling him she wants him to be okay. He thinks about how he... (full context)
Epilogue
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 Roy writes to Celestial saying that he was saved in the dark of their bedroom. He... (full context)
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Celestial writes to Roy that she hopes they can get to know each other again some day. She tells... (full context)
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Roy writes to say he and Davina are getting married. They’re not trying to have a... (full context)