Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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Sam Lowbridge Character Analysis

Sam Lowbridge already has a criminal record at the age of sixteen and is thus considered Tollington’s rebel. He drives around the village with his gang on mopeds and intimidates little children, although he shows a sincere interest in Meena and often behaves kindly and protectively toward her. However, he soon proves racist and violent, as he publicly expresses racist views and takes part in the beating of an innocent Indian bank manager. These racist acts seem moved by ignorance and frustration more than a clear ideology, as Sam does not realize the consequences of his words. For example, he does not grasp that his words and actions might hurt Meena, who tries to explain to him that racism hurts everyone. Meena also notices that Sam is weak in another respect, as he seems trapped by his girlfriend Anita’s manipulation.

Sam Lowbridge Quotes in Anita and Me

The Anita and Me quotes below are all either spoken by Sam Lowbridge or refer to Sam Lowbridge. 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 Oberon Books edition of Anita and Me published in 1996.
Chapter 8 Quotes

‘. . . understand why, but just think if you could use all that energy to do some good. Find out who the real enemies are, the rich, the privileged, not the other people trying to make a living like you, not people like . . .’

Related Characters: Uncle Alan (speaker), Meena Kumar, Nanima, Sam Lowbridge
Related Symbols: The Big House
Page Number: 226
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 13 Quotes

‘You wanted to hurt people, you mean!’ I yelled at him. ‘How could you say it, in front of me? My dad? To anyone? How can you believe that shit?’

Sam grabbed me by the wrists and I sucked in air and held it. ‘When I said them,’ he rasped, ‘I never meant you, Meena! It was all the others, not you!’

I put my face right up to his; I could smell the smoke on his breath. ‘You mean the others like the Bank Manager?’

Sam looked confused.

‘The man from the building site. The Indian man. I know you did it. I am the others, Sam. You did mean me.’

Related Characters: Meena Kumar (speaker), Sam Lowbridge (speaker), Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”)
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sam Lowbridge Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character Sam Lowbridge appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...wondering if she behaved in the wrong way. On her way home, she passes by Sam Lowbridge’s house. Sixteen-year-old Sam is considered Tollington’s rebel, as he already has a criminal record... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...more affectionate toward each other than any other adult couple she knows. She recalls seeing Sam Lowbridge and his group of friends hold hands with girls in the same way that... (full context)
Chapter 5
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After stepping outside, Meena heads toward the fair instead of their outdoor toilet. She notices Sam Lowbridge and his friends. When Sam sees Meena, he offers to teach her how to... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...spend most of hers with Anita. The two girls decide to start a gang, like Sam Lowbridge and his friends. They team up with younger children and establish their headquarters in... (full context)
Chapter 7
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At Fete, Mr. Pembridge makes a speech about the Tollington community. Sam Lowbridge, who Meena is shocked to see has cut his hair close to his scalp,... (full context)
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The crowd expresses its discontent for such a disappointing way to spend money, and Sam Lowbridge, at the gate, suddenly intervenes, insulting the reverend’s idea. He says that this project... (full context)
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...no comfort. Meena is then horrified to hear a couple of people loudly agree with Sam. When she turns toward the direction of these voices, she is shocked to see that... (full context)
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Sam finally drives off on his moped, and Meena sees people offer support to her father.... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...sees Mr. Ormerod chatting with a member of his church group—the same group that encouraged Sam Lowbridge’s racist comments at Fete—does not want to go in and sends Nanima in alone... (full context)
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On their way home, they run into Uncle Alan talking to Sam Lowbridge and his friends. Meena overhears Alan tell Sam that he should use his energy... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...name instead of his personality. She concludes that this illogical hatred makes her similar to Sam Lowbridge, with whom she senses she will soon have another confrontation. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...have arrived in Tollington to destroy the school. The villagers step outside their houses, including Sam Lowbridge and his gang, who begin to insult the diggers and drive around them with... (full context)
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Meena is furious to see Anita walking toward Sam, but Anita does not seem to care. However, Sam notices Meena and calls out to... (full context)
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Meena loses sight of Anita and walks home, feeling saddened and degraded by Sam’s words. Back in her room, Meena wants to talk to someone about her feelings, but... (full context)
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...at a bus stop, who did not even try to defend himself. Then, Anita explains, Sam Lowbridge and she kissed for a long time. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...cannot stay there forever. That night, while she is struggling with her crutches, Meena hears Sam’s new motorbike outside. She sees him greet Anita and the two of them kiss. (full context)
Chapter 13
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...everything has changed. She notices more strangers spending time in the park, as well as Sam and Anita’s gang smoking and drinking beer. Meena ignores them but watches them discreetly, which... (full context)
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...about how she has been, but Tracey merely announces that Anita is going out with Sam. She then angrily concludes that Anita is bound to end up like Deirdre, and asks... (full context)
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...harassed by people calling her, which she believes must be a mix of Anita’s and Sam’s voices. Later, they throw stones at her window and Meena finds that she cannot concentrate.... (full context)
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...they reach the top of a slope overlooking the pond. In a clearing, Meena sees Sam lying and moving on top of Anita, while Anita, on her back, remains motionless. Tracey... (full context)
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In the meantime, Meena hides behind a tree and Sam easily picks Tracey up. Anita begins to insult her sister and Sam laughs at Anita,... (full context)
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...who is still worrying about her exam the next day, is then terrified to hear Sam call out her name. He says he knows she is there and promises not to... (full context)
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Meena then realizes that Sam has a frustrated, confused attitude, which Meena recognizes from spending time with Anita, who always... (full context)
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Suddenly, Sam grabs Meena’s wrists and tells her that she has always been her favorite. He adds... (full context)
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...emotional shock, Meena suffers from strong shaking. She feels furious, angry at Tracey, Anita, and Sam for making her life so unfairly complicated. She is also angry at herself for giving... (full context)
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...letter from Anita asking her to meet with her about last night without talking to Sam. Meena tears the letter up. Her father, though, receives a letter from Harinder P. Singh,... (full context)
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...to Meena’s parents, Meena feels nervous. Meena’s father tells her that Tracey is accusing either Sam or Anita of pushing her into the pond, and he asks Meena to tell the... (full context)
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...the pain she felt for Nanima and Robert was much more intense than any emotion Sam or Anita made her feel, she gives up on her idea of seeking revenge. She... (full context)