Evicted

by

Matthew Desmond

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Larraine Character Analysis

Larraine is a white woman in her 50s who lives in the trailer park. She is very poor, deeply religious, and likes to spend money whenever she can on luxury items to make her life less miserable. She is evicted from her trailer and experiences sustained housing insecurity after this point.

Larraine Quotes in Evicted

The Evicted quotes below are all either spoken by Larraine or refer to Larraine. 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 Broadway Books edition of Evicted published in 2016.
Chapter 3 Quotes

You've got to wonder if the street people don't have the right idea. Just live on the street. Don't have to pay rent to nobody.

Related Characters: Larraine (speaker), Tobin Charney
Page Number: 40
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Men often avoided eviction by laying concrete, patching roofs, or painting rooms for landlords. But women almost never approached their landlord with a similar offer. Some women—taxed by child care, welfare requirements, or work obligations—could not spare the time. But many others simply did not conceive of working off the rent as a possibility. When women did approach their landlords with such an offer, it sometimes involved trading sex for rent.

The power to dictate who could stay and who must go; the power to expel or forgive: it was an old power, and it was not without caprice.

Related Characters: Larraine (speaker)
Page Number: 129
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Chapter 18 Quotes

To Sammy, Pastor Daryl, and others, Larraine was poor because she threw money away. But the reverse was more true. Larraine threw money away because she was poor.

Related Characters: Larraine (speaker), Pastor Daryl (speaker)
Page Number: 219
Explanation and Analysis:

Larraine loved to cook. "I have a right to live, and I have a right to live like I want to live," she said. "People don’t realize that even poor people get tired of the same old taste. Like, I literally hate hot dogs, but I was brought up on them. So you think, “When I get older, I will have steak.” So now I'm older. And I do."

Related Characters: Larraine (speaker)
Page Number: 220
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Larraine Character Timeline in Evicted

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Chapter 3: Hot Water
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One of Tobin’s tenants, Larraine, receives SSI after a childhood fall resulted in learning difficulties. Around the time of Tobin’s... (full context)
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Larraine is a deeply religious 54-year-old woman with two grownup daughters and a grandson. Terrified by... (full context)
Chapter 9: Order Some Carryout
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Larraine wakes up early as usual. Her trailer is pristinely neat and tidy with matching interiors.... (full context)
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Larraine grew up in a public housing complex in South Milwaukee. Her mother was physically disabled... (full context)
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Larraine and her next husband, Glen, had a “consuming, brutal kind of love.” Glen was an... (full context)
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Of Larraine’s four siblings, only her youngest brother, Ruben, owns his own home. She knows it is... (full context)
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...(31% and 44%) than the average white family (11%) between 2007 and 2011. At church, Larraine’s pastor, Pastor Daryl, preaches about the problem of people only following Christianity halfway. Daryl strongly... (full context)
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...tenants deal with overdue rent and the threat of eviction by ignoring their landlords, as Larraine is doing now. Men tend to be more confrontational, which leads to more success in... (full context)
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Finally, Ruben reluctantly agrees to pay Larraine’s rent, coming to the trailer park to give Tobin the money himself. However, Tobin refuses... (full context)
Chapter 13: E-24
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Larraine cleans out Beaker’s trailer while he remains in the hospital, recovering from his triple-bypass surgery.... (full context)
Chapter 18: Lobster on Food Stamps
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...would be given food vouchers, there is a crowd of thousands outside the welfare building. Larraine spends a whole day waiting before her number is called. She explains that she missed... (full context)
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Larraine goes straight from her appointment to a furniture store where she admiringly inspects a flat... (full context)
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Larraine ultimately does not put the TV on layaway; instead, she spends all her food stamps... (full context)
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Living in “grinding poverty” (rather than “stable poverty”) as Larraine does means that there is essentially no chance she will ever be able to improve... (full context)
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Larraine’s daughter Jayme comments that both Larraine and Beaker need to grow up and learn to... (full context)
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...popular policy than pushing public housing for all. When the day of her eviction comes, Larraine still doesn’t have anywhere to go. She knocks on the door of Ms. Betty, a... (full context)