Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Jim Tate Character Analysis

The bookie that Ida visits to put money on Black Boy, Tate is often referred to by his friends as “Old Honest” Jim. Like Brewer, he has fallen behind in his payments to Pinkie. He is unhealthy looking, and his voice is loud and hoarse from having worked at the horse park for so many years.
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Jim Tate Character Timeline in Brighton Rock

The timeline below shows where the character Jim Tate 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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...meeting without 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... (full context)
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...he slips 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... (full context)
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...in the Cosmopolitan hotel and, according to Brewer, “running the business in a big way.” Tate, it turns out, has also paid Colleoni. Brewer suggests Pinkie work for Colleoni, combining his... (full context)
Part II, Chapter 2
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Pinkie lies in his bed and composes a letter to Tate, demanding repayment. He falls into a dreamless sleep and wakes to Dallow handing him an... (full context)
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...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 world, the... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 1
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...money. She doesn’t want to ask Phil for any. She decides to go see Jim Tate, the only bookie she knows, to talk about putting some down on Black Boy. (full context)
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Tate greets Ida expansively but gets her last name wrong, calling her “Mrs. Turner.” She tells... (full context)
Part IV, Chapter 1
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Spicer takes his money to Jim Tate, betting on a horse named Memento Mori. He asks Pinkie what “memento mori” means and... (full context)
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...It’s almost too coincidental.  He grabs Spicer’s arm and the two of them head to Tate’s booth so Spicer can collect his money from Tate’s assistant, Samuel. Pinkie says goodbye to... (full context)