Evicted

by

Matthew Desmond

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Scott is a white, gay former nurse in his 30s who lives in Tobin’s trailer park with Teddy. He is a drug user who lost his nursing license for stealing medication and getting high at work. He and Teddy are evicted from the trailer park. After multiple attempts at sobriety followed by relapses, he eventually manages to stay sober after securing affordable housing through a homeless shelter’s job program.

Scott Quotes in Evicted

The Evicted quotes below are all either spoken by Scott or refer to Scott. 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 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
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Scott Character Timeline in Evicted

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Chapter 4: A Beautiful Collection
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...Both she and Ned are still using drugs, which eats into their money. Pam asks Scott, a heroin user in his later 30s, if she, Ned, and the girls can temporarily... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sick
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Scott is a former nurse whose main job now is taking care of Teddy. Already small... (full context)
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Scott was raised on a dairy farm in Iowa; he was the product of rape. His... (full context)
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Before long, Scott was struggling to cope with fentanyl withdrawal, which he called “the sick.” After his coworkers... (full context)
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Getting drugs used to be difficult for Scott, but after moving into the trailer park it became easy. One day, after seeing Scott... (full context)
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After being evicted, Teddy decides to go back home to Tennessee. Through an old friend, Scott finds temporary work cleaning foreclosed homes for drastically varied amounts of money, paid in cash.... (full context)
Chapter 14: High Tolerance
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Following his eviction, Scott found a new place to live through a friend from Narcotics Anonymous. The friend’s nephew... (full context)
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Scott believes that Pam and Ned are responsible for their own eviction because they spend money... (full context)
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Scott loses his keys and has to break a window to get back into his apartment.... (full context)
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Instead of going home, Scott checks himself into rehab. There is a line at the rehab center and Scott soon... (full context)
Chapter 23: The Serenity Club
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Eight days into his most recent attempt at sobriety, Scott goes to the Serenity Club, an AA bar. The past week has been extraordinarily difficult,... (full context)
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In order to get his nursing license back, Scott will have to be clean and sober for five years, which means urine testing 56... (full context)
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Scott goes to a clinic and talks with a doctor, hoping to be prescribed Suboxone. They... (full context)
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Three months later David and Anna’s daughter finds a syringe in Scott’s swimming shorts. Although it is possible that it is an old syringe, David and Anna... (full context)
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Scott returns home, where he is reminded of the love of his mother and the rest... (full context)
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Scott can’t afford methadone and rent, so chooses homelessness, staying at a shelter called the Guest... (full context)
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Scott composes a five year plan, which involves going back to nursing and saving money. Back... (full context)
Epilogue: Home and Hope
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...being a good neighbor. It is basically impossible to improve oneself without stable housing. Once Scott received secure, affordable housing through the Guest House, he was able to find and keep... (full context)
About this Project
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...the tenants gave him thoughtful gifts; Arleen once gave him cookies and a card, and Scott began sending Desmond’s eldest son $10 on his birthday while he was still homeless. It... (full context)