Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Poor, timid, and even more devout than the morbidly religious Pinkie, Rose is working as a waitress at Snow’s café when she finds the Kolley Kibber card Spicer placed on one of the café’s tables, which he did strategically in order to throw the police off in their investigation of Charles Hale’s murder. Pinkie decides to woo Rose so that he can keep tabs on her in case she goes to the authorities. Even though she secretly knows that Pinkie is a murderer who is using her to avoid a prison sentence, she falls madly in love with him. Rose is good-natured but not entirely innocent. As a poor child, she witnessed enough violence and ugliness to make married life with Pinkie more desirable to her than returning home to her parents, who are dour and uncouth and given to black moods. Ida Arnold knows none of Rose’s history but hopes to save Rose from falling into Pinkie’s clutches, not realizing that Rose doesn’t want to be saved. Rose would rather be damned right along with Pinkie. By the novel’s climax, Pinkie seems to have convinced Rose to kill herself in a suicide pact which he doesn’t plan to honor himself, but Ida arrives at the last moment with a Brighton police officer, effectively saving Rose’s life. Even after Pinkie’s gruesome suicide, Rose believes that Pinkie loved her. The novel ends, however, with Rose about to discover that she is mistaken in that belief, as she returns home to listen, for the first time, to a recording in which Pinkie cuts her down brutally.

Rose Quotes in Brighton Rock

The Brighton Rock quotes below are all either spoken by Rose or refer to Rose. 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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Part I, Chapter 2 Quotes

The inhuman voice whistled round the gallery and the Boy sat silent. It was he this time who was being warned; life held the vitriol bottle and warned him: I’ll spoil your looks. It spoke to him in the music, and when he protested that he for one would never get mixed up, the music had its own retort at hand: ‘You can’t always help it. It sort of comes that way.’

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Related Symbols: Music
Page Number: 53
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He watched her with his soured virginity, as one might watch a draught of medicine offered that one would never, never take; one would die first—or let others die. The chalky dust blew up round the windows.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 92
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They lay on the chalk bank side by side with a common geography and a little hate mixed with his contempt. He thought he had made his escape, and here his home was: back beside him, making claims.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 95
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Driven to her hole the small animal peered out at the bright and breezy world; in the hole were murder, copulation, extreme poverty, fidelity and the love and fear of God, but the small animal had not the knowledge to deny that only in the glare and open world outside was something which people called experience.

Related Characters: Rose (speaker), Ida “Lily” Arnold
Page Number: 131
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She was good, he’d discovered that, and he was damned: they were made for each other.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose, Ida “Lily” Arnold
Page Number: 135
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It was said to be the worst act of all, the act of despair, the sin without

forgiveness; sitting there in the smell of petrol she tried to realize despair, the mortal sin, but she couldn’t; it didn’t feel like despair. He was going to damn himself, but she was going to show them that they couldn’t damn him without damning her too. There was nothing he could do, she wouldn’t do: she felt capable of sharing any murder. A light lit his face and left it; a frown, a thought, a child’s face. She felt responsibility move in her breasts; she wouldn’t let him go into that darkness alone.

Related Characters: Rose (speaker), Pinkie Brown
Page Number: 249
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She was sixteen, but this was how she might have looked after years of marriage, of the childbirth and the daily quarrel: they had reached death and it affected them like age.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose (speaker)
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While Pinkie found the money, she was visited by an almost overwhelming rebellion—she had only to go out, leave him, refuse to play. He couldn’t make her kill herself: life wasn’t as bad as that. It came like a revelation, as if someone had whispered to her that she was someone, a separate creature—not just one flesh with him. She could always escape—if he didn’t change his mind. Nothing was decided. They could go in the car wherever he wanted them to go; she could take the gun from his hand, and even then—at the last moment of all—she needn’t shoot. Nothing was decided—there was always hope.

Related Characters: Rose (speaker), Pinkie Brown
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An enormous emotion beat on him; it was like something trying to get in; the pressure of gigantic wings against the glass. Dona nobis pacem. He withstood it, with all the bitter force of the school bench, the cement playground, the St. Pancras waiting-room, Dallow’s and Judy’s secret lust, and the cold unhappy moment on the pier. If the glass broke, if the beast—whatever it was—got in, God knows what it would do. He had a sense of huge havoc—the confession, the penance and the sacrament—and awful distraction, and he drove blind into the rain.

Related Characters: Rose (speaker), Pinkie Brown
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Part I, Chapter 3 Quotes

“Of course it’s true,” the Boy said. “What else could there be?” he went scornfully on. “Why,” he said, “it’s the only thing that fits. These atheists, they don’t know nothing. Of course there’s Hell. Flames and damnation,” he said with his eyes on the dark shifting water and the lightning and the lamps going out above the black struts of the Palace Pier, “torments.”

“And Heaven too,” Rose said with anxiety while the rain fell interminably

on.

“Oh, maybe,” the Boy said, “maybe.”

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 53
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That was what happened to a man in the end: the stuffy room, the wakeful children, the Saturday night movements from the other bed. Was there no escape—anywhere—for anyone? It was worth murdering a world.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 97
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The shadow of her sixteen-year-old face shifted in the moonlight on the wall. “Right and wrong. That’s what she talks about. I’ve heard her at the table. Right and wrong. As if she knew.” She whispered with contempt, “Oh, she won't burn. She couldn’t burn if she tried.”

Related Characters: Rose (speaker), Pinkie Brown, Ida “Lily” Arnold
Page Number: 121
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He stood back and watched Rose awkwardly sign—his temporal

safety in return for two immortalities of pain. He had no doubt whatever that this was mortal sin, and he was filled with a kind of gloomy hilarity and pride. He saw himself now as a full grown man for whom the angels wept.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 185
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Again he grinned: only the devil, he thought, could have made her answer that. She was good, but he’d got her like you got God in the Eucharist—in the guts. God couldn’t escape the evil mouth which chose to eat its own damnation.

Related Characters: Pinkie Brown (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 194
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Freedom again in the early sun, freedom from the silent prayers at the altar, from the awful demands made on you at the sanctuary rail. She had joined the other side now forever. The half-crown was like a medal for services rendered. People coming back from seven-thirty Mass, people on the way to eight-thirty Matins—she watched them in their dark clothes like a spy. She didn’t envy them and she didn’t despise them: they had their salvation and she had Pinkie and damnation.

Related Characters: Rose (speaker)
Page Number: 212
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“Oh, no they don’t. Look at me. I’ve never changed. It’s like those sticks of rock: bite it all the way down, you'll still read Brighton. That’s human nature.”

Related Characters: Ida “Lily” Arnold (speaker), Rose
Page Number: 216
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Rose Character Timeline in Brighton Rock

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Part I, Chapter 2
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...get together some evening soon and asks her name. She tells him her name is Rose. He gets up to leave, saying that he has an appointment at 2 p.m. sharp... (full context)
Part II, Chapter 1
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...him it’s only a bottle of vitriol, or sulfuric acid. Pinkie tells Spicer to go; Rose is here. He fingers the bottle as she arrives, experiencing something akin to sexual pleasure. (full context)
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Rose apologizes for being late. Pinkie asks her if she ever got her Kolley Kibber money... (full context)
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Pinkie shows Rose his bottle of vitriol, saying that people who get mixed up with bad actors like... (full context)
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Rose chatters about what the songs and colored lights of the club remind her of. The... (full context)
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...will spoil his looks. Pinkie doesn’t believe it. He’s above being a victim. Pinkie asks Rose if she’s ever been in love and she says she has. Pinkie teases her some... (full context)
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Pinkie asks Rose if she’s a Catholic. She is. They both agree that it is the only faith... (full context)
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...a coward. Cubitt agrees that they should lay low for a while. Talk turns to Rose. Spicer has told the others about Pinkie’s efforts to woo her, and Cubitt teases him... (full context)
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...of almost affection for Dallow. They arrive back at Frank’s, where Spicer informs them that Rose has called for Pinkie. Apparently, someone came to question Rose while she was out at... (full context)
Part II, Chapter 2
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...police officer taps Pinkie on the shoulder. Pinkie experiences a moment of panic, wondering if Rose might have squealed on him, but the cop says he’s wanted at the station for... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 1
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...around for the waitress who got the Kolley Kibber card and changes her table to Rose’s section. Ida asks Rose what it was like winning the ten shillings. Rose tells her... (full context)
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Ida begins to ask Rose what she noticed about the Kolley Kibber man, suggesting that, having won those prized 10... (full context)
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...to express. He orders two large bottles of Guinness for him and Ida. Ida grabs Rose by the arm, asking if the Kolley Kibber man had much to eat. Rose says... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 2
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...it, not even the boarding house owner, Frank, so eventually he picks up, and it’s Rose asking for Pinkie. Spicer gets increasingly agitated as she talks. She says that Pinkie asked... (full context)
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...A seagull heads straight for his face, banking fast to miss him. Spicer wonders what Rose knows and, stationing himself near the women’s lavatory, keeps his eye out for the police. ... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 3
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...move away. Someone nearby says in a small voice that there are no tables. It’s Rose, dressed up for her day off. She guides Pinkie out of the café, where he... (full context)
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Rose asks Pinkie if he got her message. He doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She... (full context)
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Once on the bus, Pinkie glances over at Rose and is disgusted by her. He is angry all over again that the guys could... (full context)
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Pinkie asks Rose about the call. She says again that the man who left the ticket answered. Pinkie... (full context)
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Rose tells Pinkie she’s never scared when he’s around, and Pinkie grows irritated, realizing how much... (full context)
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Rose announces that the woman who’d come asking questions clearly did not come from Nelson Place.... (full context)
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Pinkie, who’d moodily asked for quiet, now tells Rose to say something. She grows angry and says if she doesn’t suit him, she would... (full context)
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Rose apologizes, too, and they get up to leave. Pinkie catches a glimpse of bare leg... (full context)
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Back on the bus, Pinkie wonders why he bothered to bring Rose out. She obviously still remembers seeing Spicer. They return to Brighton and walk up the... (full context)
Part III, Chapter 4
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...mob, Pinkie says. He can tell by the mistakes he’s made recently, first by letting Rose see him at Snow’s and then by allowing himself to be photographed on the pier. (full context)
Part IV, Chapter 1
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...confession and be done with it. He walks to Snow’s and looks in the window. Rose is there, waiting a table. She sees him and tells him to go to the... (full context)
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Rose lets Pinkie in, angry not with him but with the people who left him in... (full context)
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...is all one tactical move after another. He wants to be alone for a while. Rose wonders if the people who did this to him might be waiting for him, but... (full context)
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Pinkie asks Rose not to give him away to the brash woman. Rose doesn’t understand. Then she tells... (full context)
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...sympathetic to Pinkie’s plight. Pinkie wants to get married but he’s underage and so is Rose. His best bet, Mr. Prewitt says, is to pretend to be 18. The rub is... (full context)
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...some change on the washstand. Pinkie is busy thinking about how, once he’s married to Rose, he can get out of it. He’d hoped, if he had to tie himself to... (full context)
Part IV, Chapter 2
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Ida is in Snow’s, trying to question Rose, who wants nothing to do with her. Ida is not one to be easily dissuaded.... (full context)
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Rose mutters that Ida doesn’t know what innocence is. Ida reaches in the door, moves the... (full context)
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Rose tells Ida she doesn’t care if Pinkie loves her; she loves him. Ida asks Rose... (full context)
Part IV, Chapter 3
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...old lawyer why he came to Frank’s in the first place: Pinkie’s upcoming nuptials to Rose. He has to propose. Pinkie lingers for a moment, as if waiting for Prewitt to... (full context)
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At Snow’s, Pinkie bribes a waitress to tell him where Rose is. He climbs the stairs to her bedroom, overhearing Ida telling Rose that she needs... (full context)
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Ida tells Rose not to give in to a wicked man like Pinkie. Rose tells her that she... (full context)
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Pinkie asks Rose to marry him. She says she wants to, desperately, but that the church will never... (full context)
Part V, Chapter 1
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...the first time and gropes her breast, thinking that she is not at all like Rose. He tells her he’s going to be married soon. Then he suggests they dance, but... (full context)
Part V, Chapter 2
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...the pool. Pinkie keeps repeating that he’ll never marry.  When they get back to Frank’s, Rose is waiting for Pinkie in his room. She has a newspaper with her. On the... (full context)
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Pinkie tells Rose they can’t marry. He spoke to their lawyer, he says, and they’re too young. Rose... (full context)
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Rose asks Pinkie if she should take the newspaper to the police, and Pinkie is shocked... (full context)
Part V, Chapter 3
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...home to Paradise Piece to find that his childhood house has been demolished. He sent Rose back to Nelson Place the night before and now he’s joining her. The neighborhood is... (full context)
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Pinkie finds Rose’s house. Rose throws open the door, thrilled to see him. The hall smells like a... (full context)
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...get out of such squalor, even if it meant committing crimes. He feels sorry for Rose that she can’t murder to escape like he has. He gives in and tells Mr.... (full context)
Part V, Chapter 5
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...might become a drinking and a marrying man. He pounds the beer and talks of Rose, telling both men how classy and intelligent she is, how he’s marrying for her sake... (full context)
Part VI, Chapter 1
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...razor slipped. Then he mentions that Pinkie’s getting married, and Ida gets angry. She calls Rose a little fool. Cubitt is anxious to get out. He suddenly needs air. The room... (full context)
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...Phil that they’re not done, though. They have an added mission. They have to keep Rose from marrying Pinkie. (full context)
Part VI, Chapter 2
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Pinkie is waiting for Rose in front of the municipal building. It’s their wedding day and she’s late. He goes... (full context)
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...of Dallow—he could talk to Kite—but if Kite were still alive, he wouldn’t be marrying Rose. None of this would have happened. He tells Dallow the story of a girl who... (full context)
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...He really needs to get to the registrar. Pinkie looks down the street and sees Rose walking toward them. Pinkie muses about how Prewitt managed the whole affair by adding two... (full context)
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Pinkie asks Rose why she was so late. She tells him she went to church, hoping to confess.... (full context)
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...the municipal building is tiled like a bathroom. Mr. Prewitt makes jokes as Pinkie and Rose make their way toward the chapel. Rose’s parents have not come. Someone has dropped a... (full context)
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...before they know it. Pinkie says his vows quickly, feeling shame as he does so. Rose repeats hers as if surprised. The registrar asks about rings, and Pinkie tells him angrily... (full context)
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...corner. It’s nearly closing time, but they get drinks anyway. Prewitt offers an awkward toast. Rose, who hasn’t spoken since the ceremony, stares at her reflection in the bar mirror. Dallow... (full context)
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Still, when the rest of the men leave Pinkie and Rose alone, they’re shy with one another. Pinkie realizes that he should have planned to take... (full context)
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...tells the clerk that his money is as good as anybody’s, but the clerk, giving Rose a condescending once over, insists that the hotel is completely booked. With tears of humiliation... (full context)
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...whole chain of events that began with Kite’s death and shows no sign of ending. Rose points to a girl in the crowd that’s staring at Pinkie. It’s Molly Pink, the... (full context)
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Rose stops in front of a souvenir booth and asks Pinkie to go into a sound... (full context)
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Rose suggests they move on to the covered walkway under the pier. Pinkie feels for a... (full context)
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...sticks of candy and leaves, impressed with his own cleverness. They eat the candy and Rose says they should probably go somewhere. Pinkie is filled with anxiety at the prospect of... (full context)
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Pinkie tells Rose roughly that they should go and they head back to Frank’s, the sea seeming to... (full context)
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Pinkie is surprised to feel a tiny bit of tenderness for  Rose during the act. In fact, it wasn’t as horrible as he’d always imagined. He’d exposed... (full context)
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Rose is waiting for Pinkie on the bed. She’s no longer afraid. She thought it would... (full context)
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...to be alone in his room at Frank’s, he goes for a glass of water. Rose calls to him from the bed and he remembers. (full context)
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...act of love, Pinkie is depressed by the thought that he is now tied to Rose forever. The marriage at the registrar wasn’t fake; it was real, and he will now... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 1
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Rose wakes up alone in Pinkie’s room. A clock strikes seven. The chimes aren’t like the... (full context)
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The kitchen is deserted and it’s obvious to Rose that the stove hasn’t been used since at least the night before. She looks around... (full context)
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Dallow leaves, and Rose studies the room some more. A strip of flypaper dangles by the sink; an old... (full context)
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Judy welcomes Rose, kissing her on the cheek and wafting her way the scent of California Poppy perfume.... (full context)
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Judy tells Rose that if she ever needs a dress cleaned, Frank is her man. He’s wonderful at... (full context)
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Rose thinks about how, now that she’s a married woman, she can go to Snow’s like... (full context)
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At Snow’s, the blinds are just going up. Maisie, the only waitress Rose likes, is cleaning tables. Doris, the sneering senior waitress, is drifting around lazily. Proud of... (full context)
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Rose passes by a shop that sells Sunday papers and Dallow yells to her that her... (full context)
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Ida rushes at Rose as if to hug her. Rose recoils. Ida tries to explain gently that she is... (full context)
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...giving her evidence that proves Pinkie’s guilt but that he’s refusing to testify. She tells Rose that Pinkie doesn’t love her and that he only married her so she wouldn’t be... (full context)
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Ida tells Rose that she, too, could go to jail for Hale’s murder. She could be considered an... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 2
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...It smells of California Poppy perfume. He picks the flower up and goes to see Rose, asking how it went with her mother. Rose tells him it was fine; she wasn’t... (full context)
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...room. He curses his carelessness and tells Dallow that the woman who’d come to see Rose wasn’t her mother but the buer who was with Hale in the taxi the day... (full context)
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Pinkie tells Dallow they have to find some way of shutting Rose up. Dallow says he needs to stop thinking that way, but Pinkie feels like he’s... (full context)
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Pinkie heads back up to his room and finds Rose waiting for him on the landing at the top of the stairs. She confesses that... (full context)
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...says he’s not worried; as long as Ida doesn’t find out about Spicer, he’s fine. Rose recoils the slightest bit at this, saying she thought Pinkie was guiltless in Spicer’s death.... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 4
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...thinking of his cozy little shabby home. Then he opens the door and sees that Rose has tidied it. He’s furious with her and he studies her face, trying to see... (full context)
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Rose passionately declares that that will never happen. Pinkie feels so boxed in by her certainty... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 5
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...room calling for Dallow, who’s been on the look-out for Prewitt. Pinkie’s been alone with Rose for two days. He’s in a fevered state.  Judy appears with Dallow’s freshly laundered coat.... (full context)
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Rose is in the room when Pinkie returns. She’s always there. She says she’s going out,... (full context)
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...drinking man now and he has a wife. Dallow tells Pinkie he’s very secure in Rose—she’ll never betray him—but Pinkie isn’t so sure. He has to work hard, he says, to... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 6
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...sets her singing. Phil Corkery joins her. He’s miserable and cold. He points out that Rose and Pinkie are nearby. Ida knows; she sees it as a stroke of good luck.... (full context)
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...situation is now clearly one for the police. Ida disagrees. Now is when Pinkie and Rose are sure to crack and do something stupid. She tells him Hale’s murder is the... (full context)
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Ida is still determined to save Rose, and, while Phil goes to buy her another Guinness, she considers all the people she’s... (full context)
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Pinkie mumbles the Latin phrase “dona nobis pacem,” and, hearing him, Rose responds that God will never give them peace. She wishes they could just wait a... (full context)
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Rose feels as if Pinkie is a thousand miles away from her. He sees things she... (full context)
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...used to torture back during his school days. Pinkie orders two brandies for himself and Rose and demands that Piker give them some music. He would like to celebrate. Piker turns... (full context)
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Pinkie tells Rose to write a suicide note. It’s what’s always done, he says, and he would like... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 8
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Dallow and Judy are still at the Brighton café, waiting for Pinkie and Rose to return. Judy asks who the large woman staring at them is, and Dallow realizes... (full context)
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...but he’s nowhere to be seen. The shooting booth attendant tells Dallow that Pinkie and Rose took off for Hastings but he refuses to tell Dallow the time; he’s sick of... (full context)
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...car park, knowing that Pinkie’s Morris won’t be there. The attendant tells him Pinkie and Rose took off for Peacehaven for a drink. Dallow  is helpless. He knows what Pinkie intends... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 9
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Pinkie returns to the pub from the bathroom and watches as two posh men eye Rose. He can tell that they’re willing to have a go with her, if she’s willing,... (full context)
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...in to tell Pinkie he hasn’t paid for the drinks. While he goes to pay, Rose is seized with a desire to rebel. She is not, after all, of Pinkie’s flesh.... (full context)
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Rose asks Pinkie if he hates her for the fact that they had sex out of... (full context)
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Rose lets her hope expand. She thinks about how she and Pinkie might go on living... (full context)
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Rose sees Dallow and Ida coming toward her. They’re accompanied by a confused looking policeman. Someone... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 10
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...with Clarence. She has told him all about the affair with Hale and Pinkie and Rose. She feels a calm satisfaction with herself. It all turned out just as it should... (full context)
Part VII, Chapter 11
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Rose is in the confessional of her local church. She has told the priest her story,... (full context)
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The priest tells Rose a story about a French man who served in the war and how that man... (full context)
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Rose leaves the confessional, heading for Frank’s boarding house. She is full of cautious hope. She... (full context)