Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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Anita’s neighbor is given this nickname because of the extensive facial hair he has when he first moves to Tollington, a time during which he also has a rock band. He is the village’s only bachelor and soon becomes romantically involved with his neighbor Sandy, with whom he later gets married. He is kind and charismatic, capable of convincing people to buy Sandy’s artisanal stuffed animals to make her business more successful.
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Hairy Neddy Character Timeline in Anita and Me

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Chapter 3
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...complete opposite of her sister. Tracey says that their mother Deirdre is not home yet. Hairy Neddy , their neighbor—a man who used to be covered in facial hair—tells them that Deirdre... (full context)
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Hairy Neddy is the only bachelor in the village and Meena recounts an anecdote when his musical... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...animals at once. Meena is sad to notice other people laughing at Sandy’s creations until Hairy Neddy then arrives. He calls Sandy’s animals “Space Gonks,” loudly saying that all the other shops... (full context)
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Hairy Neddy then passes a note to an overjoyed Sandy, and Meena realizes that he is proposing... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the dog’s body on the road, explaining that the car hit it and drove away. Hairy Neddy steps out of his car to help. He concludes that the dog is going to... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...looks dilapidated. In general, Meena finds the town unappealing. She also learns that Sandy and Hairy Neddy are now married, and that Cara Mitchell has been sent to an institution for treatment,... (full context)