Blood Brothers

Mickey Character Analysis

As the twin that the lower-class Mrs. Johnstone keeps, Mickey has a rough-and-tumble childhood, but at his core he is an honest, sincere, and goodhearted individual (much like his twin brother Edward). Unlike Edward, however, Mickey takes many hard knocks in life, from impregnating his girlfriend (Linda) to getting laid off from his industrial job, to being arrested for a crime carried out by his brother Sammy. The audience watches as Mickey disintegrates from an open and optimistic boy to a cynical young man, hardened by his time in prison and addicted to antidepressants. His rage at Linda and Edward for carrying on an affair, and at his mother for keeping him (and thereby dooming him to grow up in poverty), drives the play’s tragic finale.

Mickey Quotes in Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers quotes below are all either spoken by Mickey or refer to Mickey. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bloomsbury Press edition of Blood Brothers published in 1995.
Act 1 Quotes

So did y’hear the story of the Johnstone twins?
As like each other as two new pins,
Of one womb born, on the self same day,
How one was kept and one given away?
An’ did you never hear how the Johnstones died,
Never knowing that they shared one name,
Till the day they died…?

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Mickey, Edward
Page Number: 29
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MRS. LYONS: You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted, don’t you?
MRS. JOHNSTONE: What? What?
MRS. LYONS: They say…they say that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, that they shall both immediately die. It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers shall grow up, unaware of the other’s existence. They shall be raised apart and never, ever told what was once the truth. You won’t tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone, because if you do, you will kill them.

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Mickey, Edward
Page Number: 47
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MICKEY: What’s your birthday?
EDWARD: July the eighteenth.
MICKEY: So is mine.
EDWARD: Is it really?
MICKEY: Ey, we were born on the same day…that means we can be blood brothers. Do you wanna be my blood brother, Eddie?
EDWARD: Yes, please.

Related Characters: Mickey (speaker), Edward (speaker)
Page Number: 54
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Act 2 Quotes

What…Linda…Linda…Don’t…Linda, I wanna kiss y’, an’ put me arms around y’ an’ kiss y’ and kiss y’ an even fornicate with y’ but I don’t know how to tell y’ because I’ve got pimples an’ me feet are too big an’ me bum sticks out an’…

Related Characters: Mickey (speaker), Linda
Page Number: 71
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EDWARD: I wish I was a bit like
Wish that I could score a hit like
And be just a little bit like
That guy
MICKEY: I wish that I could be like
Just a little less like me
Like the sort of guy I see, like
That guy
That guy.

Related Characters: Mickey (speaker), Edward (speaker)
Page Number: 72
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And who’d dare tell the lambs in Spring,
What fate the later seasons bring.
Who’d tell the girl in the middle of the pair
The price she’ll pay just for being there.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Mickey, Edward, Linda
Page Number: 82
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EDWARD: If I was him, if I was him
That’s what I’d do.
But I’m not saying a word
I’m not saying I care
Though I would like you to know
That I’ not saying a word
I’m not saying I care
Though I would like you to know.
But I’m not.
LINDA: What?
EDWARD: Mickey.

Related Characters: Edward (speaker), Linda (speaker), Mickey
Page Number: 85
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Take a letter, Miss Jones,
Due to the world situation
The shrinking pound, the global slump
And the price of oil
I’m afraid we must fire you,
We no longer require you,
It’s just another
Sign of the times,
Miss Jones,
A most miserable sign of the times.

Related Characters: Managing Director (speaker), Mickey, Miss Jones
Page Number: 89
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EDWARD: I thought, I thought we always stuck together. I thought we were…blood brothers.
MICKEY: That was kids’ stuff, Eddie. Didn’t anyone tell y’? But I suppose you still are a kid, aren’t y’?
EDWARD: I’m exactly the same age as you, Mickey.
MICKEY: Yeh. But you’re still a kid. An’ I wish I could be as well Eddie, I wish I could still believe in all that blood brother stuff. But I can’t, because while no one was looking I grew up. An’ you didn’t, because you didn’t need to; an’ I don’t blame y’ for it Eddie. In your shoes I’d be the same, I’d still be able to be a kid. But I’m not in your shoes, I’m in these, lookin’ at you. An’ you make me sick, right? That was all just kids’ stuff, Eddie, an’ I don’t want to be reminded of it. Right? So just, just take yourself away. Go an’ see your friends an’ celebrate with them.

Related Characters: Mickey (speaker), Edward (speaker)
Page Number: 92-93
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I didn’t sort anythin’ out Linda. Not a job, not a house, nothin’. It used to be just sweets an’ ciggies he gave me, because I had none of me own. Now it’s a job and a house. I’m not stupid, Linda. You sorted it out. You an’ Councilor Eddie Lyons.

Related Characters: Mickey (speaker), Edward, Linda
Page Number: 100
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There’s a man gone mad in the town tonight,
He’s gonna shoot somebody down,
There’s a man gone mad, lost his mind tonight

There’s a mad man running round and round.
Now you know the devil’s got your number.
He’s runnin’ right beside you,
He’s screamin’ deep inside you,
And someone said he’s callin’ your number up today.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Mickey
Related Symbols: Guns
Page Number: 103
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MRS. JOHNSTONE: Mickey. Don’t shoot Eddie. He’s your brother. You had a twin brother. I couldn’t afford to keep both of you. His mother couldn’t have kids. I agreed to give one of you away!
MICKEY: You. You! Why didn’t you give me away? I could have been…I could have been him!

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mickey (speaker), Edward
Related Symbols: Guns
Page Number: 106
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And do we blame superstition for what came to pass?
Or could it be what we, the English, have come to know as class?

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Mickey, Edward
Page Number: 107
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Mickey Character Timeline in Blood Brothers

The timeline below shows where the character Mickey appears in Blood Brothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...before they died. There is a brief tableau, during which the audience witnesses Edward and Mickey’s deaths, after which the Narrator brings forth their mother, Mrs. Johnstone. (full context)
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The play moves seven years into the future, as the son whom Mrs. Johnstone kept, Mickey, knocks on his mother’s door while carrying a toy gun. His mother comes out, relieved... (full context)
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Frustrated, Mickey sings about how much he envies his brother Sammy. He complains that even though he... (full context)
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As Mickey sulks, Edward, Mrs. Lyons’ son, emerges and greets him, saying that he saw Mickey playing... (full context)
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Awed by Mickey’s streetwise talk, Edward asks the other boy if they can be best friends. Mickey agrees.... (full context)
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...the moment, holding a toy gun. He demands a sweet, and Edward agrees, even as Mickey frantically attempts to get his new friend to lie about having candy. Eventually Mickey hands... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone emerges from her house, and Mickey introduces Edward as his “brother.” Mrs. Johnstone hears Edward’s name and freezes with surprise. After... (full context)
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The doorbell of the Lyons house rings—it is Mickey come to see if Edward can play with him. The boys explain to Mrs. Lyons... (full context)
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...children begin a series of battles with each other. Sammy is in one gang, while Mickey and his friend Linda are in another. The children sing about their game, celebrating when... (full context)
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With the other children offstage, Linda comforts the upset Mickey. He cries that he doesn’t want to die. She tells him that everyone must die... (full context)
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Mickey and Linda arrive at Edward’s garden. The two boys share the fact that their mothers... (full context)
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...children, meanwhile, are playing with their stolen toy gun. Only Linda hits the target, until Mickey declares that they aren’t playing with the gun anymore, and they decide to throw stones... (full context)
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...Johnstone, telling her that she and her children will get no more warnings—if Sammy or Mickey commit any more crimes, he will take Mrs. Johnstone to court. As he leaves, Mrs.... (full context)
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...to come to her house again, and Edward says that he was just looking for Mickey, to tell his friend that he will be moving to the country the very next... (full context)
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Mickey and Edward say a wordless goodbye. Edward gives Mickey a toy gun, and then travels... (full context)
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...it is. He reacts with violent fear, however, when he sees a magpie, explaining that Mickey told him that the birds signify sorrow. Mrs. Lyons tells him to forget about Mickey,... (full context)
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Mickey visits Edward’s former home, but a strange woman answers the door. He asks where Edward... (full context)
Act 2
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...by flirting with the judge, who also tells her that she looks like Marilyn Monroe. Mickey, meanwhile, has turned fourteen, and has begun to notice girls, although he’s very embarrassed about... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone enters, hurrying Mickey off to school, and telling him that she’s been hearing him talk about Linda in... (full context)
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The kids get on the bus. Mickey and Linda pay a reduced price because they’re students, but Sammy attempts to pay the... (full context)
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Linda and Mickey are left alone onstage, and Linda warns Mickey that Sammy’s going to be put into... (full context)
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Back in Linda and Mickey’s school, a teacher is teaching a group of students about the Boro Indians of the... (full context)
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...a girlfriend. Teasingly, she opens it up, but is appalled to find the picture of Mickey and Mrs. Johnstone within it. She questions Edward about where he got it, but he... (full context)
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Mickey and Linda walk up a hill—Linda struggling in her high-heeled shoes. Her foot gets stuck,... (full context)
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As Linda leaves, Mickey talks to an imaginary Linda, saying how much he wants to hold and kiss her,... (full context)
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The two boys meet, and Mickey asks for a cigarette. Edward says that he doesn’t have one, but that he could... (full context)
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...unbeknownst to them, the Narrator follows them (along with Mrs. Lyons). Edward offers to lend Mickey money, but Mickey says that he will ask Mrs. Johnstone for some. Edward says that... (full context)
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Mickey and Edward burst into Mrs. Johnstone’s kitchen, with Mickey thrilled to reintroduce his mother to... (full context)
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Meanwhile Edward and Mickey emerge from the movie, dazed and impressed. They gasp at the idea of naked breasts,... (full context)
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Edward waits by a streetlight as Linda teases him. Edward asks where Mickey is, and she replies that he’s working overtime at a factory. Edward is miserable because... (full context)
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Mickey enters, disrupting the mood. He complains about his job at the factory, and Edward breaks... (full context)
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As Mickey prepares to go to work, Mrs. Johnstone enters with his lunch. The Narrator enters briefly,... (full context)
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The scene quickly changes to Mickey and Linda’s wedding, although Mickey is still in his work clothes. As they celebrate, a... (full context)
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The men on the unemployment line narrate Mickey’s decline, calling him “old before his time” and noting how aimless and isolated he is.... (full context)
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It is now Christmastime, and a happy Edward returns, looking for Mickey. He jokes and asks Mickey when they will begin drinking and celebrating, and tells Mickey... (full context)
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The two separate, and Sammy approaches Mickey, while Linda greets Edward. Edward asks Linda why she hasn’t come to see him, and... (full context)
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On the other side of the stage, Sammy tries to convince Mickey to be a lookout during a burglary, promising that although he will be carrying a... (full context)
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Sammy tempts Mickey with the promise of fifty pounds, and Mickey agrees to go along with the plan. (full context)
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...way,” but when he proposes marriage to her, she reveals that she’s only just married Mickey, and that they are expecting a baby together. As Edward’s university friends call him from... (full context)
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Excited, Mickey tells Linda that he’s going to be out till eight o’clock, but that when he’s... (full context)
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...list of bad omens, noting that Linda in particular is afraid of the price that Mickey will have to pay. Mickey keeps watch as Sammy argues with one of his partners... (full context)
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As the policemen place Mickey in a cell, Mrs. Johnstone sings about what happens next: the jury sentences Mickey to... (full context)
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Linda visits Mickey and tells him that he’ll be released soon. She begs him to stop taking the... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone continues to sing as Mickey comes home. She notes that her son feels fifteen years older, and that his speech... (full context)
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...holding shopping bags, and approaches Mrs. Johnstone. The two women discuss what to do about Mickey, who is still addicted to the pills, and whose drug-induced apathy is keeping him from... (full context)
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Mickey and Linda are together in their new house as Linda sets out Mickey’s work things.... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone continues singing, as we see Mickey deciding not to take his pills anymore, and Linda and Edward carry on their affair.... (full context)
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Out of nowhere, Mrs. Lyons enters. She shows Mickey Edward and Linda together, as Mrs. Johnstone ominously sings about “the price you’re gonna have... (full context)
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Mickey roams the streets looking for the couple, as Mrs. Johnstone chases him. The Narrator tells... (full context)
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The scene shifts to town hall, where Edward is giving a speech. Mickey abruptly appears, gripping his gun in shaking hands and screaming for everyone to “stay where... (full context)
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A policeman calls through a megaphone, telling Mickey to put down the gun, and that there are armed marksmen outside. Mickey remarks that... (full context)