Evicted

by

Matthew Desmond

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Pam Character Analysis

Pam is a white woman who lives in Tobin’s trailer park. She is the mother of Bliss, Sandra, Kristen, and an unnamed baby girl, and the stepmother of Laura. She and her boyfriend, Ned, are both crack users. Pam is pregnant when she and her family are evicted from Tobin’s trailer park. She sometimes dreams of taking her daughters and fleeing Ned’s cruelty and violence, but feels that this is not practically possible.

Pam Quotes in Evicted

The Evicted quotes below are all either spoken by Pam or refer to Pam. 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 14 Quotes

But for the most part, tenants had a high tolerance for inequality. They spent little time questioning the wide gulf separating their poverty from Tobin's wealth or asking why rent for a worn-out aluminum-wrapped trailer took such a large chunk of their income. Their focus was on smaller, more tangible problems […] Most renters in Milwaukee thought highly of their landlord. Who had time to protest inequality when you were trying to get the rotten spot in your floorboard patched before your daughter put her foot through it again? Who cared what the landlord was making as long as he was willing to work with you until you got back on your feet? There was always something worse than the trailer park, always room to drop lower.

Related Characters: Ned Kroll (speaker), Tobin Charney, Pam, Scott
Related Symbols: Hypes
Page Number: 182
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 19 Quotes

Job loss could lead to eviction, but the reverse was also true. An eviction not only consumed renters' time, causing them to miss work, it also weighed heavily on their minds, often triggering mistakes on the job. It overwhelmed workers with stress, leading them to act unprofessionally, and commonly resulted in their relocating farther away from their worksite, increasing their likelihood of being late or missing days.

Related Characters: Ned Kroll (speaker), Pam
Page Number: 227
Explanation and Analysis:
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Pam Character Timeline in Evicted

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Chapter 4: A Beautiful Collection
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Pam and her boyfriend, Ned Kroll, attempt to stop their eviction by paying $1,500, but Tobin... (full context)
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Pam is pregnant again. She already has four daughters, two of whom were with her ex-boyfriend,... (full context)
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Ned and Pam met through their crack addiction and soon began selling together. Before long they were caught... (full context)
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After Tobin informs them that they are being evicted, Ned and Pam fight over whose fault it is. They sell all the possessions they can. Pam recently... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sick
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...Already small and weak at 52, Teddy seems much older than he is. Even after Pam and Ned leave for a motel, Scott and Teddy still face eviction for unpaid rent,... (full context)
Chapter 14: High Tolerance
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Scott believes that Pam and Ned are responsible for their own eviction because they spend money on drugs. Heroin... (full context)
Chapter 19: Little
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After being evicted, Pam and her family stay in a motel for $50 a night. Ned is fired because... (full context)
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After a month with Ned’s friend, Pam and Ned realize they need to find somewhere else. Pam is due to give birth... (full context)
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...are turned away from 7 out of 10 rental units they approach. Like Ned and Pam, Arleen is also struggling to find a landlord that will take her and her boys.... (full context)
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After spending all day calling landlords, Pam reluctantly decides to start searching in the predominantly-Hispanic South Side. Units are cheaper there, but... (full context)
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Ned’s friend kicks Pam and Ned out, and almost immediately afterward Pam gives birth to a baby girl. Shortly... (full context)