Enduring Love

by

Ian McEwan

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Joseph Lacey Character Analysis

Joseph Lacey is a sixty-three-year-old farm laborer and the best friend of fellow-laborer Toby Greene. During the ballooning accident, Lacey attempts to hold down the balloon, and then he assists Toby when he falls from his rope and breaks his ankle. A former paratrooper, Lacey is unhurt by his own fall.

Joseph Lacey Quotes in Enduring Love

The Enduring Love quotes below are all either spoken by Joseph Lacey or refer to Joseph Lacey. 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:
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Enduring Love published in 1998.
Chapter 1 Quotes

I should make something clear. There may have been a vague communality of purpose, but we were never a team. There was no chance, no time. Coincidences of time and place, a predisposition to help, had brought us together under the balloon. No one was in charge—or everyone was, and we were in a shouting match.

Related Characters: Joe Rose (speaker), Jed Parry, John Logan, James Gadd, Joseph Lacey, Toby Greene
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:

Every fraction of a second that passed increased the drop, and the point must come when to let go would be impossible or fatal. And compared with me, Harry was safe, curled up in the basket. The balloon might well come down safely at the bottom of the hill. And perhaps my impulse to hang on was nothing more than a continuation of what I had been attempting moments before, simply a failure to adjust quickly.

Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:
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Joseph Lacey Character Timeline in Enduring Love

The timeline below shows where the character Joseph Lacey appears in Enduring Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...the field, he is met by the remaining men: Jed Parry and two farm laborers, Joseph Lacey and Toby Greene. The four men join John Logan and James Gadd among the ropes,... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...“a family doctor from Oxford” and a member of a mountaineering club. Further along is Joseph Lacey , an older farm laborer, and beside him is his friend Toby Greene. The next... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...men are “breathless, excited, [and] determined on [their] separate plans.” Joe explains that while he, Joseph Lacey , and Toby Greene are trying to pull Harry Gadd from the basket, James Gadd... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...the balloon begins to rise into the air, taking the five remaining men—Joe, Jed Parry, Joseph Lacey , Toby Greene, and John Logan—with it. Joe recounts the infinitesimally brief moment of thought... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
...go of his rope and falls to the ground, as, around him, do Jed Parry, Joseph Lacey , and Toby Greene. Only John Logan continues to hang on, and with only his... (full context)
Chapter 2
Rationalism vs. Intuition Theme Icon
Obsession Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...memory, Joe pauses to consider the respective positions of the other men in the field. Joseph Lacey is helping his friend, Toby Greene, who “cannot stand,” while Jed Parry is next to... (full context)
Chapter 17
Obsession Theme Icon
...that he will only talk about the accident “in the coroner’s court.” Upon Joe’s reaching Joseph Lacey , however, his luck has changed. Though Lacey has insisted on meeting in person, he... (full context)
Chapter 24
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“Two weeks after the shooting,” Joe travels to Joseph Lacey ’s home to keep their appointment. The next day, he arranges a picnic much like... (full context)
The Importance of Loyalty Theme Icon
Obsession Theme Icon
The Nature of Love Theme Icon
...at the college. Instead, they made their way to a nearby pub, where they encountered Joseph Lacey , who was in the process of telling a “group of regulars” about the botched... (full context)