Fish in a Tree

The Bullies Character Analysis

Three boys who are much smaller than Albert but who beat him up daily after school regardless. They tease Albert for being poor and for not wanting to fight back, and they have no qualms about verbally and physically bullying Ally and Keisha one day as well. At this point Albert punches the ringleader, which is implied to bring the end of the bullies' reign of terror over Albert.

The Bullies Quotes in Fish in a Tree

The Fish in a Tree quotes below are all either spoken by The Bullies or refer to The Bullies. 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 Penguin edition of Fish in a Tree published in 2015.
Chapter 50 Quotes

I feel like I'm going to cry. Thinking how Albert has come to school every day with those bruises for all this time. We always asked him what it would take for him to fight back. Turns out it was protecting us.

Related Characters: Ally (speaker), Keisha, Albert, The Bullies
Page Number: 256
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The Bullies Character Timeline in Fish in a Tree

The timeline below shows where the character The Bullies appears in Fish in a Tree. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Not-So-Sweet Secret
Teaching, Mentoring, and Trust Theme Icon
...she's also curious where the bruises come from. Quietly, Albert says that a group of bullies beats him up most days after school. When Keisha asks why Albert doesn't hit the... (full context)
Identity and Self-Esteem Theme Icon
Bullying, Friendship, and Social Status Theme Icon
...butter. Albert says he feels as though the same thing is happening to him: the bullies think he's a fighter, so they fight him. Exasperatedly, Keisha says that the bullies fight... (full context)
Chapter 39: To-Shay
Identity and Self-Esteem Theme Icon
Bullying, Friendship, and Social Status Theme Icon
...Ally tells Albert that he can't give up either—he needs to stand up to the bullies. (full context)
Chapter 50: A Hero's Job
Bullying, Friendship, and Social Status Theme Icon
...turns white and Ally looks behind them to see three boys running towards them. The bullies tease Albert about having a girlfriend, push Albert, and push Keisha to the ground when... (full context)