Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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Hot Sausage Character Analysis

Hot Sausage is Sportcoat’s best friend. He is incredibly loyal and is always worried about Sportcoat’s safety. After Sportcoat shoots Deems, Hot Sausage tries to give Sportcoat money to flee town, though Sportcoat refuses. Later in the novel, Hot Sausage goes to Deems to try to secure a meeting for Sportcoat, despite knowing that he could be putting his life in danger. Although Deems doesn’t hurt Hot Sausage, the situation ends with Hot Sausage taking a bullet to the chest when a hired assassin Additionally, Hot Sausage is the only resident of the Cause with whom Sportcoat communicates in the final years of his life.

Hot Sausage Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by Hot Sausage or refer to Hot Sausage. 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 4: Running Off Quotes

“I don’t swallow any more spirits than anybody else in these projects.”

“Now who’s lying? I ain’t the one they calling Deacon King Kong.”

Related Characters: Sportcoat (speaker), Hot Sausage (speaker), Hettie
Page Number: 45
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Chapter 17: Harold Quotes

“Seen ’em all,” Sportcoat said proudly. “Even barnstormed a little myself, but I had to make money. That ain’t gonna be Deems’s problem. He’ll make plenty money in the bigs. He got the fire and the talent. You can’t take the love of ball out of a ballplayer, Sausage. Can’t be done. There’s a baseball player in that boy.”

Related Characters: Sportcoat (speaker), Hot Sausage, Deems Clemens
Related Symbols: Baseball
Page Number: 237
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Chapter 18: Investigation Quotes

Sister Gee looked at the people staring at her: Dominic, Bum-Bum, Miss Izi, Joaquin, Nanette, and the rest, at least fifteen people in all. She’d known most of them her whole life. They stared at her with that look, that projects look: the sadness, the suspicion, the weariness, the knowledge that comes from living a special misery in a world of misery. Four of their numbers were down—gone, changed forever, dead or not, it didn’t matter. And there would be more. The drugs, big drugs, heroin, were here. Nothing could stop it. They knew that now. Someone else had already taken over Deems’s bench at the flagpole. Nothing here would change. Life in the Cause would lurch forward as it always did.

Page Number: 266
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Chapter 22: 281 Delphi Quotes

They were horrible sons of bitches—men who set upon one another with welding torches, scorched each other with hot irons, and poured Clorox into one another’s eyes for the sake of dope; men who made their girlfriends do horrible things, servicing four or five or eight men a night, who made their women do push-ups over piles of dogshit for a hit of heroin until, exhausted, the girls dropped into the shit so the men could get a laugh. These were the men her mother allowed in her life.

Page Number: 309
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Chapter 26: Beautiful Quotes

Then he patted me on the back and said, “Look after them moonflowers behind the church for my Hettie.” Then he walked into the water. Walked right into the harbor holding that bottle of King Kong. I said, “Wait a minute, Sport, that water’s cold.” But he went on ahead.

First it come up to his hips, then to his waist, then to the top of his arms, then to his neck. When it got to his neck he turned around to me and said, “Sausage, the water is so warm! It’s beautiful.”

Related Characters: Hot Sausage (speaker), Sportcoat (speaker), Hettie, Sister Gee
Related Symbols: Flowers
Page Number: 370
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Hot Sausage Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character Hot Sausage appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Jesus’s Cheese
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...Sportcoat “is under an evil spell.” Sportcoat’s best friend, a Cause Houses janitor named Hot Sausage, suggests that Sportcoat shot Deems to settle a disagreement between the Cause Houses baseball team... (full context)
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...residents of the Cause line up every Saturday to get their hands on some. Hot Sausage is in charge of handing it out and he always makes sure to set some... (full context)
Chapter 4: Running Off
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...the shooting, Sportcoat ends up in the basement furnace room of Building 9 where Hot Sausage works. Rather than think about what just happened, Sportcoat continues his ongoing argument with an... (full context)
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Just after Sportcoat finds his gun, he hears Hot Sausage come in the store. Hot Sausage tells Mr. Itkin that Sportcoat left something at home... (full context)
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Hot Sausage warns Sportcoat that he is in great danger. Deems has deep connections in the drug... (full context)
Chapter 10: Soup
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...face in public for the first time since shooting Deems. Before long, Sportcoat finds Hot Sausage and asks him what the celebration is all about. Rather the answer Sportcoat’s question, Hot... (full context)
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Instead, Sportcoat continues to ask questions about the purpose of the party. Eventually, Hot Sausage decides to tell Sportcoat about Soup’s release, hoping that an answer will allow them to... (full context)
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As Sportcoat and Hot Sausage navigate their way through the crowd, they come across Sister Gee, who tells Sportcoat that... (full context)
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Not long after Sportcoat and Hot Sausage’s conversation with Sister Gee, a fight breaks out among some of the Cause residents. Meanwhile,... (full context)
Chapter 12: Mojo
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Back in the Cause, Sportcoat sits alone in Sausage’s boiler room and drinks “King Kong.” He knows he is a couple hours late to... (full context)
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As this conversation is going on, Hot Sausage arrives to find Sportcoat talking to himself. Hot Sausage immediately recognizes that Sportcoat dipped into... (full context)
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As Sportcoat and Hot Sausage argue back and forth, Earl sneaks into the room, once again planning to hurt Sportcoat.... (full context)
Chapter 17: Harold
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Sportcoat and Hot Sausage talk about the best way to solve Sportcoat’s predicament with Deems. Sportcoat thinks that the... (full context)
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...someone tries to sneak up on him. Before Deems and Phyllis can get anywhere, Hot Sausage appears, clearly inebriated, and dressed in an umpire uniform. Deems tells Hot Sausage to go... (full context)
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...her jacket and shoots Deems’s bodyguard. She then turns the gun to Deems and Hot Sausage and shoots both of them as well. Hot Sausage gets hit in the chest, and... (full context)
Chapter 18: Investigation
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...the Cause residents find themselves waiting in line for their monthly cheese ration. Usually, Hot Sausage hands out the cheese, but because he is nowhere to be found, Sister Gee takes... (full context)
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...was killed, but Deems and Sportcoat are still alive and in the hospital. However, Hot Sausage is nowhere to be found and is presumed to be dead. (full context)
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...but feels that something is amiss. She recalls the mix-up regarding the ID that Hot Sausage told her about previously and wonders if the police have once again confused Hot Sausage... (full context)
Chapter 20: Plant Man
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...sleeping, and drinking King Kong. Every day, Rufus returns to him with news about Hot Sausage and Deems. At the moment, both Hot Sausage and Deems are alive, well, and in... (full context)
Chapter 23: Last Octobers
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...are currently in the hospital. In fact, he just got back from talking to Hot Sausage. Together, the two of them talked about Deems’s future in baseball. When Sportcoat relates this... (full context)
Chapter 26: Beautiful
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...Sportcoat’s funeral. After helping Elefante secure the Venus, nobody in the Cause (except for Hot Sausage) ever saw Sportcoat again. Sportcoat’s funeral, like all funerals in the Cause, is a rambunctious... (full context)
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After the funeral, Sister Gee talks to Hot Sausage to learn about what happened to Sportcoat. Hot Sausage tells Sister Gee that Sportcoat managed... (full context)
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Hot Sausage also tells Sister Gee that he learned that Pudgy Fingers isn’t Sportcoat and Hettie’s biological... (full context)
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Additionally, Hot Sausage tells Sister Gee the story of the moonflowers, which were mysteriously planted behind the Five... (full context)