Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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Bunch Moon Character Analysis

Bunch Moon is a man who works for Joe Peck and takes care of any problems that would prevent the flow of drugs through the Cause. Bunch is ambitious, crude, and cruel, although Deems thinks he is useless. At the end of the novel, a group of Joe Peck’s men kill Bunch after Haroldeen lets them into Bunch’s apartment.

Bunch Moon Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by Bunch Moon or refer to Bunch Moon. 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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Chapter 6: Bunch Quotes

“Church is a good thing. A great thing, really. Building up our community. Thank God.” He lowered his head to Earl’s ear. “We ain’t tearing down our community, brother. We’re building it up. Look at all the businesses I got. The jobs we’re providing. The help we give people. Is the white man opening car washes? Is he running car-rental places? Restaurants? Is he giving us jobs?” He pointed to the window, the filthy street, the abandoned cars, the dead brownstones. “What’s the white man doing for us out here, Earl? Where’s he at?”

Related Characters: Bunch Moon (speaker), Earl
Page Number: 69
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Chapter 7: The March of the Ants Quotes

“Everything,” he muttered aloud, “is falling apart.”

Related Characters: Deems Clemens (speaker), Lightbulb, Bunch Moon
Page Number: 79
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Chapter 9: Dirt Quotes

Sister Gee snorted. “Things got unstable ’round here four years ago when that new drug come in. This new stuff—I don’t know what they call it —you smoke it, you put it in your veins with needles . . . however you do it, once you do it a few times you is stuck with it. Never seen nothing like it around here before, and I seen a lot. This projects was safe till this new drug come in. Now the old folks is getting clubbed coming home from work every night, getting robbed outta their little payday money so these junkies can buy more of Deems’s poison. He ought to be ashamed of hisself. His grandfather would kill him if he was living.”

Related Characters: Sister Gee (speaker), Potts Mullen, Bunch Moon, Deems Clemens
Page Number: 112
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Chapter 14: Rat Quotes

“Soon as they started whipping on him, Deems ran off the roof. He run off soon as they started cutting Bumps up. The minute them Jamaicans left Bumps laying in the alley, Deems came out the back door of Building Nine and ran over to Bumps holding a steaming pot of rice and beans. He must’ve had it cooking in his house. He said, ‘Here’s your rice and beans, Bumps.’ He poured that whole pot on him.

Related Characters: Lightbulb (speaker), Deems Clemens, Bumps, Bunch Moon
Page Number: 198
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Chapter 17: Harold Quotes

The waiting didn’t bother Deems, but the uncertainty of strategy did. Everything to him was about strategy. That’s how he’d survived. He heard that other big-time dealers called him a boy genius. He liked that. It pleased him that his crew, his rivals, and even at times Mr. Bunch marveled at how someone so young managed to figure things out on his own and keep ahead of older men, some of whom were vicious and clawing to get his business.

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Page Number: 243
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Bunch Moon Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character Bunch Moon appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Bunch
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Bunch, a member of Joe Peck’s (and therefore Deems’s) criminal enterprise, is sitting in his apartment... (full context)
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Eventually, Bunch realizes that Earl isn’t listening to him and decides to change the subject. He begins... (full context)
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Next, the topic of conversation turns to Sportcoat’s fate. On the one hand, Bunch insists that there is a need for retaliation, but, on the other, he doesn’t want... (full context)
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Next, Bunch and Earl switch their conversation to focus on expanding their business. Earl warns Bunch about... (full context)
Chapter 12: Mojo
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...a nearby alley. Eventually, Earl comes to and decides to complete a different job for Bunch before returning to him in the hopes of offsetting his thrice-failed hit on Sportcoat. (full context)
Chapter 14: Rat
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Lightbulb, one of Deems’s henchmen, goes to a meeting with Bunch. He tells Bunch that Deems is not as effective at his job as he should... (full context)
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...severely injuring another drug dealer who had previously wronged him. Lightbulb tells this story to Bunch. After Deems’s grandfather died, Deems stopped playing baseball and turned to drug dealing instead. Deems’s... (full context)
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Lightbulb gives all of this information to Bunch in the hopes that Bunch will let him take over Deems’s flagpole. Bunch tells Lightbulb... (full context)
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Lightbulb leaves and Bunch considers the best way to get rid of Deems. He agrees with Lightbulb’s assessment and... (full context)
Chapter 17: Harold
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...He is less focused on Sportcoat and more focused on how to get rid of Bunch. He thinks that Bunch and his men are useless and wants to operate his branch... (full context)
Chapter 22: 281 Delphi
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Bunch Moon sits and looks out the window of his apartment. He likes this window because... (full context)
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Haroldeen doesn’t take kindly to Bunch’s attitude and insists on getting half of the money. She does not like people in... (full context)
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Finally, Bunch gives into Haroldeen’s demands and tells her where she can collect the money. He also... (full context)
Chapter 25: Do
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Thinking about “dangerous, odd, and foreign” matters shifts Elefante’s focus to Bunch Moon. Although there’s been no official confirmation, Elefante heard that Joe Peck had Bunch killed.... (full context)