Going Places

by

A.R. Barton

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Danny Casey Character Analysis

Danny Casey is a famous football star who is greatly admired, most importantly by Sophie’s older brother Geoff. He is described as a young, bright, beloved “prodigy.” Sophie tells her family a story that she has met Danny Casey and he asks her on a date, which is meant to impress them and make them admire her. However, she seems to believe her own fantasy, and is disappointed when Danny Casey doesn’t appear on the night she said they would meet. The version of Danny Casey that Sophie creates is gentle, has soft eyes, and is kind towards her. She says that Casey plans to open a boutique (which is also Sophie’s ambition), and she describes Casey as being her own height and “no bolder” than her. Clearly, then, the Danny Casey of Sophie’s fantasy is meant as a stand-in for her, someone living Sophie’s own dreams of success and acclaim who she imagines to be not meaningfully different from her (thereby making her own dreams seem more in reach).

Danny Casey Quotes in Going Places

The Going Places quotes below are all either spoken by Danny Casey or refer to Danny Casey. 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 National Council of Education Research and Training edition of Going Places published in 2014.
Going Places Quotes

There was a wooden bench beneath a solitary elm where lovers sometimes came. She sat down to wait. It was the perfect place, she had always thought so, for a meeting of this kind. For those who wished not to be observed. She knew he would approve.

Related Characters: Sophie, Geoff, Sophie’s Father, Danny Casey
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

I remember Geoff saying he would never come, and how none of them believed me when I told them. I wonder what will I do, what can I tell them now if he doesn’t come? But we know how it was, Danny and me — that’s the main thing. How can you help what people choose to believe? But all the same, it makes me despondent, this knowing I’ll never be able to show them they’re wrong to doubt me.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Geoff, Danny Casey
Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:

“Excuse me, but aren’t you Danny Casey?”

Coming through the arcade she pictured him again outside Royce’s.

He turns, reddening slightly. “Yes, that’s right.”

“I watch you every week, with my dad and my brothers. We think you’re great.”

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Danny Casey (speaker), Geoff
Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:

No taller than you. No bolder than you. The prodigy. The innocent genius. The great Danny Casey.

And she saw it all again, last Saturday — saw him ghost past the lumbering defenders, heard the fifty thousand catch their breath as he hovered momentarily over the ball, and then the explosion of sound as he struck it crisply into the goal, the sudden thunderous eruption of exultant approbation.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Danny Casey
Page Number: 85
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Danny Casey Character Timeline in Going Places

The timeline below shows where the character Danny Casey appears in Going Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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As Geoff works on the motorcycle, Sophie says “I met Danny Casey .” Geoff does not believe her, and then he asks if she has told their... (full context)
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In the living room, Geoff tells their father about Sophie meeting Danny Casey . Their father turns his “thick neck” to look at Sophie with “disdain.” He and... (full context)
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In Geoff’s bedroom, which is full of posters of Danny Casey , Sophie swears Geoff to secrecy about something, saying that their dad would “murder” her.... (full context)
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On Saturday, Sophie’s whole family attends a football match, and their team wins with Danny Casey scoring the final goal. Sophie “glow[s] with pride” and Geoff is “ecstatic.” Their father goes... (full context)
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The following week, Jansie asks Sophie about meeting Danny Casey , and Sophie is “startled” and dismayed. This is a “Geoff thing, not a Jansie... (full context)
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...came.” She thinks that it’s the “perfect place” for a date, and she knows that Danny Casey would approve. While she waits, she imagines him appearing, and “some time elapse[s]” before she... (full context)
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Sophie wishes fervently that Danny Casey would come, but she feels “pangs of doubt.” She remembers Geoff telling her that Danny... (full context)
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...was.” She imagines the “slow walk home” and Geoff’s “disappointed face” when she tells him Danny Casey didn’t come. He’ll slam the door, but Sophie will tell herself that she and Danny... (full context)
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Sophie pictures herself meeting Danny Casey at the shops again. She asks him for an autograph, and she notices that his... (full context)