Born a Crime


Trevor Noah

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Fufi Character Analysis

Trevor’s beloved dog in Highlands North, who is beautiful but “dumb as shit,” as she never responds to commands. Abel kicks her all the time and eventually relegates her to the yard; Trevor follows her around the neighborhood one day and realizes that she visits another family every day, which feels to him like infidelity and breaks his heart (but teaches him a “valuable lesson” about love—you don’t own the people or things that you love). When she dies after getting crushed by the house’s gate, the veterinarian explains that she was deaf (not stupid) and also incapable of feeling pain.

Fufi Quotes in Born a Crime

The Born a Crime quotes below are all either spoken by Fufi or refer to Fufi. 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 Born a Crime published in 2016.
Chapter 7 Quotes

Fufi was my first heartbreak. No one has ever betrayed me more than Fufi. It was a valuable lesson to me. The hard thing was understanding that Fufi wasn’t cheating on me with another boy. She was merely living her life to the fullest. Until I knew that she was going out on her own during the day, her other relationship hadn't affected me at all. Fufi had no malicious intent.

I believed that Fufi was my dog but of course that wasn't true. Fufi was a dog. I was a boy. We got along well. She happened to live in my house. That experience shaped what I've felt about relationships for the rest of my life: You do not own the thing that you love.

Page Number: 100
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Fufi Character Timeline in Born a Crime

The timeline below shows where the character Fufi appears in Born a Crime. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...“a poor-man’s alarm system.” Patricia and Trevor’s dogs are two sisters, Maltese-bull terrier mixes, named Fufi and Panther. They have a love-hate relationship: they get along but also have bloody fights.... (full context)
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Fufi and Trevor are inseparable; she does tricks and even manages to jump the yard’s five-foot... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...buddies who work at the shop (and drink after work) with him, and he kicks Fufi all the time, which are both warning signs for the family, indications that his anger... (full context)