Breaking Night

Rick Hernandez Character Analysis

One of Liz’s oldest friends, Rick Hernandez is a friendly boy who, along with his brother Danny Hernandez, spends lots of time with Liz in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s (i.e., when Liz is an adolescent). The three friends explore New York City, have lots of fun, and, at times, get into trouble.

Rick Hernandez Quotes in Breaking Night

The Breaking Night quotes below are all either spoken by Rick Hernandez or refer to Rick Hernandez. 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 Hachette Books edition of Breaking Night published in 2011.
Chapter 3 Quotes

When Ma was plastered to the couch, flies buzzing over her head, cigarette butts floating in her nearby bottle of beer, it just didn't seem right to tell her that I’d spent my day at a picnic or at the pool, playing in the sun, eating home-cooked meals with Rick and Danny's family. The same went for Daddy and Lisa. Any joy I managed outside of our home felt, to me, like a form of betrayal.

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Ma / Jean Murray, Daddy / Peter Finnerty, Lisa Murray, Rick Hernandez, Danny Hernandez, Liz Hernandez
Page Number: 77
Explanation and Analysis:

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Rick Hernandez Character Timeline in Breaking Night

The timeline below shows where the character Rick Hernandez appears in Breaking Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Tsunami
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...for distractions outside the home. Since 1987, Liz has been friends with two brothers named Rick Hernandez and Danny Hernandez. Rick and Danny sometimes invite Liz to their house. Their mother... (full context)
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One day, Liz, Rick, and Danny make a “torch” for themselves by lighting a branch on fire, and then... (full context)
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Liz loves horsing around with Rick and Danny, and she’s always lonely when she returns to her own home. One night... (full context)
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...hospital yet again. Bored and desperate for food, Liz meets up with a friend of Rick and Danny’s named Kevin, who claims he could find Liz some “odd jobs.” Liz learns... (full context)
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...a grocery store and decided to “take things,” as she’s done many times before with Rick and Danny. But then she notices the checkout area. After watching carefully, she realizes that... (full context)
Chapter 4: Unraveling
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...year-end exams without going to class. More often she spends her weekdays hanging out with Rick and Danny, riding the subway across New York. (full context)