Jamaica Kincaid

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Wharf-rat Boys Term Analysis

Taken from the name of a kind of brown rat, a wharf-rat is someone who loiters around ship-loading docks with the intent of stealing from ships, containers, or warehouses. Mother’s insistence that the girl never speak to wharf-rat boys is due to their criminal activity and low social status.

Wharf-rat Boys Quotes in Girl

The Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Wharf-rat Boys or refer to Wharf-rat Boys. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Girl published in 1983.
Girl Quotes

You mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions.

Related Characters: Mother (speaker), Girl
Page Number: 3
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