Brighton Rock

Bill Brewer Character Analysis

A stout elderly man who lives near the tram way with his sick wife, he has neglected to pay his protection subscription to Pinkie. He has, however, made sure to keep his subscription to Colleoni up to date. This double dealing infuriates Pinkie, who, in the company of Dallow, visits Brewer in the middle of the night and makes him pay up, slashing his face with a razor.
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Bill Brewer Character Timeline in Brighton Rock

The timeline below shows where the character Bill Brewer appears in Brighton Rock. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part II, Chapter 1
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...him. They’ve been talking about how, ever since Kite’s death, several men, including Tate and Brewer, haven’t been paying their protection subscriptions. Dallow is anxious to cut them. Pinkie defers sarcastically... (full context)
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...a glove over that hand, and he and Dallow head out to confront Tate and Brewer. It’s low tide. The clock strikes midnight. They pass Snow’s and a single light goes... (full context)
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Pinkie threatens to ring the bell a second time if Brewer doesn’t let them in. Brewer opens the front door and invites them to have some... (full context)
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Brewer eventually admits that he could not afford to pay both Pinkie and Colleoni. Colleoni would... (full context)
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...he and Pinkie walk back between the tram lines. Pinkie asks Dallow if he, like Brewer, thinks he’s finished, but Dallow says Pinkie is just beginning. Pinkie feels a rush of... (full context)
Part II, Chapter 2
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...hurt him specifically because such violence would only backfire. Colleoni tells Pinkie not to bother Brewer and Tate anymore. Those efforts, too, will lead nowhere. Pinkie leaves, thinking that the visible... (full context)
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...have squealed on him, but the cop says he’s wanted at the station for slicing Brewer’s cheek. Pinkie agrees to come into the station. Outside the Cosmopolitan, a street photographer snaps... (full context)
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...is waiting for Pinkie in the station charging room. He isn’t going to book Pinkie. Brewer has decided to let the matter drop. The inspector only wants to talk. He tells... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 3
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...Snow’s, simmering with fury over the insults he received not only from Colleoni but from Brewer and the police inspector. The restaurant is full; there are no places to sit, but... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 4
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...that he was at the police station. Pinkie says it was a friendly conversation about Brewer, nothing to worry about, but that they need to talk about Spicer going on a... (full context)