Don’t Call Me Ishmael

by

Michael Gerard Bauer

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Kelly Faulkner Character Analysis

Kelly is Ishmael’s love interest. She attends Lourdes School for Girls and is on her school’s debate team. Ishmael is immediately taken with her when he notices her icy blue eyes and her beautiful smile. But things go downhill for Ishmael when, the first time Ishmael has to debate in competition against Kelly’s team, he faints—and accidentally gropes Kelly’s breast as he falls. After this, Ishmael figures he has no chance with Kelly. But months later, Kelly finds Ishmael and thanks him for defending her brother, Marty, against Barry and Barry’s cronies. She also encourages Ishmael to read Moby-Dick to figure out what the character Ishmael in the novel is like. Ishmael remains convinced that Kelly is out of his league until the end of the school year, when Ignatius passes Ishmael a note from Kelly inviting him and Razza to a party at the end of the Christmas holidays.

Kelly Faulkner Quotes in Don’t Call Me Ishmael

The Don’t Call Me Ishmael quotes below are all either spoken by Kelly Faulkner or refer to Kelly Faulkner. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Greenwillow Books edition of Don’t Call Me Ishmael published in 2007.
Chapter 40 Quotes

“What’s he like?”

“My father?”

“No—Ishmael—the person you’re named after.”

“Oh yeah, right,” I said, feeling like a dork.

“Well?”

“What…oh…I don’t know what he’s like. I’ve never read it.”

“Really? You haven’t read it? How come? If I was named after someone in a book, I’d definitely want to read it to find out what they were like. You know, see if I was like them.”

Related Characters: Ishmael Leseur (speaker), Kelly Faulkner (speaker)
Related Symbols: Moby-Dick
Page Number: 207
Explanation and Analysis:

And then it happened. Kelly Faulkner laughed, and her beautiful pale eyes melted my heart like ice cream in a microwave till all that remained was an awful empty feeling. That’s when I knew. Nothing would happen between us. I’d been kidding myself. It just wasn’t possible for eyes as beautiful as that to see anyone as ordinary as me. For the first time, I didn’t feel like a nervous wreck in Kelly Faulkner’s presence. What did I have to worry about?

Related Characters: Ishmael Leseur (speaker), Kelly Faulkner, James Scobie
Page Number: 209
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Chapter 41 Quotes

The second thing I decided to do was ask Dad if I could borrow his copy of Moby-Dick. “Aaarrgh, me hearty,” he said, rolling his eyes crazily, “ye be seeking the white whale!”

I wasn’t, though. I be seeking Ishmael.

Related Characters: Ishmael Leseur (speaker), Dad (speaker), Kelly Faulkner, Barry Bagsley
Related Symbols: Moby-Dick
Page Number: 215
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Chapter 50 Quotes

But do you want to know the really weird thing? Well, I’ll tell you. The really weird thing was that as I lay there with only the raspy sound of my breathing filling my ears and with the spongy grass of St. Daniel’s playing fields buoying me up, I could have sworn that I was floating and bobbing on the surface of a vast green ocean. Remind you of anyone?

Go on—call me Ishmael if you like.

After all, as the Big Z would say, I’m da man!

Related Symbols: Moby-Dick
Page Number: 255
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Kelly Faulkner Character Timeline in Don’t Call Me Ishmael

The timeline below shows where the character Kelly Faulkner appears in Don’t Call Me Ishmael. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
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...High should be useful and informative. Instead, it just humiliates Ishmael further. He first notices Kelly Faulkner in the morning—and Razza notices Ishmael noticing Kelly. At lunch, as Razza and Ishmael... (full context)
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...Ishmael is accusing Razza of madness to distract from the fact that he’s been ogling Kelly. Four, Razza says he’s right because he’s the Razzman, the “doctor of luuurve.” Ishmael wants... (full context)
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...what’s gotten into Ishmael. Scobie squints and says that Ishmael was too busy staring at Kelly. Razza whoops. (full context)
Chapter 23
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...as possible for the rest of the workshop. If he even happens to look in Kelly’s direction, Razza mimes being shot in the chest with an arrow. In bed that night,... (full context)
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Ishmael thinks that, during the first session, Kelly was part of a debate presentation. He doesn’t usually notice people’s eyes—but Kelly’s eyes are... (full context)
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That night, Ishmael dreams that he and Kelly are friends and go to each other’s houses. It feels so real that when Ishmael... (full context)
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One, Razza says Ishmael is in love with Kelly. Two, Ishmael insists this is false—but then he thinks of Kelly’s jeans and her cute... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Ishmael decides the best thing to do is to not think about Kelly. He doesn’t have a chance with her, whereas he has a “microscopic” chance of winning... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...St. Daniel’s debate team, has a friend in Scobie, Barry isn’t tormenting him anymore, and Kelly Faulkner might even be a possible love interest. Mom and Dad even notice the change,... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...with an arrow in its chest. Smirking, Razza nods to the other debate team, which Kelly Faulkner is a part of. Razza passes Ishmael another card that reads, “Hubba, hubba!” (full context)
Chapter 29
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The chair calls Kelly to speak first. Razza whispers, “Twang!” in Ishmael’s ear, but Ishmael ignores him. He has... (full context)
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As Kelly flicks to a new index card, Ishmael notices how cute her hands are and how... (full context)
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Kelly sits down to applause. Scobie pushes index cards with his unreadable notes on them to... (full context)
Chapter 31
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The next thing Ishmael knows, his body turns to rubber and he’s falling toward Kelly Faulkner. He comes to in another room, dizzy and surrounded by concerned people. Razza’s mom... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...that after Ishmael started to fall forward, his arm went out—and his left hand hit Kelly Faulkner. Ishmael asks if he hurt her, but the other boys just smile. Razza starts... (full context)
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...and make jokes. Even Ignatius and Bill laugh. Ishmael knows he has no chance with Kelly now. He’s not only a “wimp” who faints, but he’s a “pervert,” too. Finally, Razza... (full context)
Chapter 33
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That night, Ishmael tries to forget that he groped Kelly Faulkner, but it’s impossible. Maybe he’s taking things too seriously and should focus on all... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...to pull the blond away. Ishmael finds a quiet spot to drink some soda—and then, Kelly Faulkner walks up and introduces herself. Ishmael is stunned and can barely make words. He... (full context)
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Kelly asks about the peg person. Ishmael notes that it was Ringo from the Beatles and... (full context)
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Kelly shakes her head and says she’s really here to thank Ishmael for helping her brother,... (full context)
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Ishmael says his name is “stupid.” Kelly says it’s interesting, but Ishmael explains that his name comes from the novel Moby-Dick. Ishmael... (full context)
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Just as Kelly starts to excuse herself, she stops and points behind Ishmael to where Razza is leaping... (full context)
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Ishmael tells Kelly that Razza is actually a superhero, but he has to pretend to be an “idiot”... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...Razza insists that because Ishmael “rescued” Marty from Barry, there’s no way Ishmael won’t snag Kelly. Ishmael insists that this is silly—Kelly just wanted to thank him, and she’s just nice.... (full context)
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That night, Ishmael decides that no matter what Razza says, Kelly will stay in his daydreams. And second, Ishmael decides it’s time to read Moby-Dick. When... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...(which he can skip). When Ishmael starts reading, it somehow feels like he’s connected to Kelly. (full context)
Chapter 49
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Kelly Faulkner writes that her friend is having a party for her 15th birthday in February.... (full context)