Becoming Nicole

by

Amy Ellis Nutt

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The grandfather of Jacob, another student at Nicole and Jonas’s elementary school. He is extremely prejudiced against gay and transgender people, and when he hears that Nicole is using the girls’ bathroom, he tells his grandson that he should have that right, too. Prompted by his grandfather, Jacob starts to stalk Nicole and use the girls’ bathroom whenever she uses it.

Paul Melanson Quotes in Becoming Nicole

The Becoming Nicole quotes below are all either spoken by Paul Melanson or refer to Paul Melanson. 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 Random House edition of Becoming Nicole published in 2015.
Chapter 23 Quotes

There was Jacob, staring her down. She knew exactly what was about to happen. The moment the door of the girls’ restroom closed behind her, it opened again and there he was. Later, in the principal’s office, Nicole was told she shouldn’t have been using the girls’ bathroom in the first place, which only made her feel like the school was pointing out: Here are all the normal kids, and here are you.

Page Number: 140
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Kelly and the kids would move to Portland, and Wayne would commute on weekends and holidays to be with them. They’d always thought they were on an upward trajectory in their lives, with success and promotions at work fueling an increasingly better lifestyle, but Jacob and his grandfather Paul Melanson had bizarrely changed all that. Suddenly, Wayne and Kelly were downsizing and their lives were in reverse.

Page Number: 173
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Paul Melanson Character Timeline in Becoming Nicole

The timeline below shows where the character Paul Melanson appears in Becoming Nicole. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: A New Adversary
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...there is an issue with another fifth-grade boy, Jacob, and his grandfather and guardian, Paul Melanson. Melanson believes “men and women [are] not interchangeable” and that people should not be allowed... (full context)
Chapter 20: Freak
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The next day, Kelly and Wayne call the Orono police department. The police visit Paul Melanson at his home, but Melanson does not back down. He insists that Jacob should have... (full context)
Chapter 22: Defending Nicole
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On Tuesday, December 18, 2007, Paul Melanson appears in front of the school board at a meeting. He expresses his distress that... (full context)
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A letter to the school from Melanson’s lawyer argues that they are discriminating against Jacob because of his “sexual orientation” because they... (full context)
Chapter 24: She’s All Girl
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In early 2008, Melanson holds a press conference with the Christian Civic League, arguing along with several students from... (full context)
Chapter 40: Our Story
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...less happy, including Michael Heath (who had resigned from the Christian Civic League) and Paul Melanson. They are determined to keep speaking against gay and transgender rights. As for Jacob, who... (full context)