Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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The Governor Character Analysis

The Governor is an old friend of Mr. Elefante. He comes to Elefante and tells him about the Venus of Willendorf, a rare object that could make the two of them rich. The Governor is a spirited old man who likes to sing and spend time with his family. He desires the Venus because he believes it will provide him and his family with safety and financial security. Additionally, the Governor is pleased by the budding relationship between his daughter, Melissa, and Elefante.

The Governor Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by The Governor or refer to The Governor. 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 13: The Country Girl Quotes

He scanned the East River, checking the line of barges moving along. Some of them he knew. A few were run by honest captains who refused hot items. They wouldn’t move a stolen tire if you paid them a thousand bucks. Others were captained by blithering idiots who would kick their scruples out the window for the price of a cup of coffee. The first type were honest to a fault. They just couldn’t help it. The second type were born crooks.

Which one am I? he wondered.

Related Characters: Tommy Elefante (speaker), Joe Peck, The Governor
Page Number: 179-180
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Governor Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character The Governor appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: The Governor
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Elefante invites the Governor to sit down, and the older man obliges. The Governor then states his business: he... (full context)
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After the song, the Governor and Elefante return to the matter at hand. In order to gain Elefante’s trust, the... (full context)
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The Governor tells Elefante that he is an old friend of Elefante’s father. The two of them... (full context)
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Despite his initial skepticism of the Governor , Elefante now recalls that his father once told him about such a man who... (full context)
Chapter 11: Pokeweed
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After the conversation with his mother, Elefante leaves for a meeting with the Governor to learn more about the mysterious artifact that his father supposedly possessed before his death.... (full context)
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...Elefante is angry with himself for not remembering more about what his father said regarding the Governor . Elefante’s father was a quiet man and when he spoke, it was only to... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Country Girl
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Elefante heads to the Bronx, where he meets the Governor . To Elefante’s surprise, the Governor owns a bagel shop, which his daughter Melissa runs.... (full context)
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Elefante and the Governor head to the Governor’s apartment to discuss their business in private. Once there, the Governor... (full context)
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The Governor tells Elefante the story of the Venus of Willendorf. Apparently, the Governor’s brother, Macy, served... (full context)
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...of soap. Nonetheless, it is the most valuable item of everything Macy owned. Macy gave the Governor the statue, which the Governor in turn gave to Elefante’s father for safekeeping. The Governor... (full context)
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However, because the Governor promised this mysterious person the Venus, he worries about what will happen if he cannot... (full context)