Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Margo “Go” Dunne Character Analysis

Nick’s twin sister, Go, is the co-owner of The Bar in downtown Carthage, and Nick’s first and best friend. Go is unconventionally attractive and marches to the beat of her own drum—a little bit of a punk, she loves making lewd and shocking jokes. Go is fiercely independent and has few romantic entanglements—Nick speculates that she, like him, bears the scars of their misogynistic and cruel father’s years of emotional abuse. Because of how close Nick and Go are, they have long endured rumors and taunts of “twincest,” and they are as a result often hyperconscious of the ways in which they both construct and dismantle the boundaries between them. When Amy disappears, Go is, like Nick, not sufficiently distressed—she and Amy never took a liking to one another. Go feels some sympathy for Amy, and even begins to believe that her brother may have killed her—but once Nick solves Amy’s treasure hunt and reveals that Amy has orchestrated the disappearance, and all the strange inconsistencies and pointed clues discovered in its wake, Go is squarely on her brother’s side. She discourages from engaging in stupid behavior like contacting his mistress, Andie, throughout the investigation, but is only able to control her brother so much—unlike Amy, she is not an efficient manipulator, and truly wants her brother to be happy. In the end, when Nick finds himself trapped in Amy’s web, Go experiences a breakdown of sorts, overcome with pain and sadness on behalf of her brother in a fit of despair that not even the numb Nick can see to muster.

Margo “Go” Dunne Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Margo “Go” Dunne or refer to Margo “Go” Dunne. 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 Crown Publishers edition of Gone Girl published in 2012.
3. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (2) Quotes

“Don’t let [Amy] worry you.” Go lit a cigarette. She smoked exactly one a day. “Women are crazy.” Go didn’t consider herself part of the general category of women, a word she used derisively.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Margo “Go” Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 18
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27. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (2) Quotes

“This is going to be a real test for you, Nick,” [Go] murmured, not looking at me. “You’ve always had trouble with the truth—you always do the little fib if you think it will avoid a real argument. You’ve always gone the easy way. […] You’re still fibbing like a little boy. You’re still desperate to have everyone think you’re perfect. You never want to be the bad guy.”

Related Characters: Margo “Go” Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Page Number: 200
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31. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (2) Quotes

I looked at the puppets. “So she’s giving me the narrative of my frame-up.”

“I can’t even wrap my brain around this. Fucking psycho.”

“Go?”

“Yeah, right: You didn’t want her to be pregnant, you got angry and killed her and the unborn baby.”

“Feels anticlimactic somehow,” I said.

“The climax is when you are taught the lesson that Punch never learns, and you are caught and charged with murder.”

“And Missouri has the death penalty,” I said. “Fun game.”

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Margo “Go” Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Related Symbols: The Punch and Judy Puppets
Page Number: 232
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Margo “Go” Dunne Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Margo “Go” Dunne appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (1)
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...move home to the Midwest just to have something to do. When his twin sister, Margo—or “Go,” as he affectionately calls her—called to tell him that their mother (Maureen) had developed... (full context)
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Nick is late getting to work. Two years ago, he and Go opened a bar together—a dream they’ve shared since their teen years. They borrowed eighty thousand... (full context)
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Go and Nick’s bar is on a street corner, and the interior is made up of... (full context)
3. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (2)
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...the day” as he enters The Bar. There is only one patron sitting there, and Go is behind the bar washing glasses. Nick is relieved at the sight of his twin... (full context)
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Go pours Nick a beer and remarks that he looks “twitchy.” Though it’s barely noon, Go... (full context)
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Nick tells Go it’s his anniversary with Amy, and Go asks if he’s going to be subjected to... (full context)
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Go, who “used to being the alpha girl” in Nick’s life, never took to Amy. The... (full context)
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The phone rings at The Bar. Go answers it and then passes it to Nick—it is one of his neighbors, who tells... (full context)
5. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (3)
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...about his morning, and about Amy, the phone rings—it is the nearby nursing home where Go and Nick board their “Alzheimer’s-riddled father” Bill, a man both of them despise. Nick quickly... (full context)
7. Nick Dunne, The Night Of
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...an officer drive him back to his house. Instead, he asks to be taken to Go’s. All he wants is for “a woman to fix [him] a sandwich and not ask... (full context)
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At Go’s house, Go suggests they go out and drive around looking for Amy, but Nick says... (full context)
9. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (1)
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...to get to sleep. In the morning, he has a hangover, and drives home in Go’s car to get some clothes—the police have taken Nick’s own car in for inspection. Three... (full context)
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...down the stairs. Nick tries to calm himself down as he drives back over to Go’s, repeating to himself the mantra: “Do not antagonize the cops.” (full context)
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...his mother lived her life under his thumb. Bill and Maureen separated when Nick and Go were still young, and Nick hardly ever saw or spoke to his father. Nick knows... (full context)
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...them for the press conference, and advises Nick that he should give a short statement. Go arrives, and tells Nick that he looks terrible, but admits that if it were her,... (full context)
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Nick, Rand, Go, and Marybeth are all brought into a large conference room, where on a nearby easel... (full context)
15. Nick Dunne, Three Days Gone
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...to go, but he’s not ready to go there yet. Instead, he drives back to Go’s, where the two of them watch television and commiserate. Go asks Nick if he’s okay—she... (full context)
16. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, October 16th, 2010
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...decided on a version of [her] that doesn’t exist.” She’s invested money in his and Go’s bar, participated in the community and tried to make friends, and even been kind to... (full context)
17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1)
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Nick heads to Go’s house, and his twin makes him a grilled cheese and pours him a beer. She... (full context)
19. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (2)
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Nick tells Andie that she shouldn’t have come—his sister, Go, is sleeping in the other room. Andie tells Nick that she “need[s]” him. Nick feels... (full context)
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Nick wakes up at five in the morning to the sound of Go, in the hall bathroom, running the water. He wakes Andie up hurriedly and hustles her... (full context)
21. Nick Dunne, Five Days Gone (1)
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Go angrily lambasts Nick for sleeping with one of his students, lamenting that he is not... (full context)
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...lost in thought as he looks back on “the day of.” His phone rings—it is Go, telling him that the notorious and “permanently furious” cable news host Ellen Abbott is doing... (full context)
25. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (1)
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...The media loves the Elliotts—but seems suspicious of Nick and his lack of an alibi. Go insists the media’s treatment of Nick is a “real problem,” but Nick is more focused... (full context)
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As Rand, Marybeth, Nick, and Go arrive at the vigil together, Nick notes Rand’s psychotic cheer and Marybeth’s medicated state—she has... (full context)
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The media’s flashbulbs start going off, and the crowd goes “berserk.” Go appears at Nick’s elbow and hurries him off the stage. They flee together towards Go’s... (full context)
27. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (2)
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As Nick and Go speed away from the vigil, Nick wonders if the detectives already knew Amy was pregnant,... (full context)
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Back at Go’s, Nick receives a phone call from Rand, who angrily demands to know whether Nick was... (full context)
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Go accuses Nick of “fibbing like a little boy” throughout the entire investigation to avoid looking... (full context)
29. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (1)
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...his pocket and rereads it, trying to figure out what the “end prize” could be. Go calls to apologize for not believing Nick—she says she was feeling “insane” the night before,... (full context)
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...girl and needs to be “punished” makes Nick think of woodshed—there is a woodshed behind Go’s house which she hardly ever uses. Go and Nick have often joked that the woodshed... (full context)
31. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (2)
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Nick drags Go out to the woodshed to show her what’s going on. He tells her that Amy... (full context)
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...up the male puppet and moves it using its large wooden handle—the “creepy” movements freak Go out. (full context)
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Inside, Go and Nick arrange the puppets on the dining table and try to figure out the... (full context)
33. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (3)
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...simply tells him to get some rest and wait for Tanner’s arrival in the morning. Go pops two sleeping pills and goes to bed, but Nick stays up. At nearly midnight,... (full context)
35. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (1)
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An hour later, Tanner arrives at Go’s house. He, Nick, and Go all settle down together at the kitchen table with all... (full context)
37. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (2)
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Tanner, Nick, and Go search every nook and cranny of Bill’s house, but don’t turn up anything lurid or... (full context)
41. Nick Dunne, Nine Days Gone
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...wife after all. His mood is shattered, though, when the doorbell rings and Tanner and Go arrive—Tanner is furious, and warns Nick to never do something like that again. He insists... (full context)
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That evening, Nick, Go, and Tanner drive together to a fancy hotel in St. Louis—the spot where the interview... (full context)
43. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (1)
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The next day—the day of the interview—Nick, Go, Tanner, and Betsy hole up in the penthouse and continue prepping Nick. At 5:00 p.m.,... (full context)
45. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (2)
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Nick, Tanner, Go, Sharon, and the rest of the people gathered in the suite watch Andie’s press conference.... (full context)
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...interview to air the following evening. Back in town, however, the cops are waiting at Go’s house—with a warrant to search the woodshed. (full context)
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...points out the lurid, brutal, violent titles—Nick turns away from the images, only to see Go, in the driveway, being put into the back of a cop car. (full context)
49. Nick Dunne, Fourteen Days Gone
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Nick wakes up on Go’s couch with a hangover. Since the diary interview he has been drinking heavily, essentially doing... (full context)
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As Nick and Go talk, they snipe at each other more and more—after so many days holed up in... (full context)
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...rage directed at all the women in his life who have let him down—Andie, Marybeth, Go, Boney, and Amy. He has tried his whole life to be a “decent guy,” but... (full context)
55. Nick Dunne, The Night of the Return (1)
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Tanner and Betsy arrive with Go, and Nick senses the “bizarre” nature of their reunion—they are not sure what’s going on,... (full context)
59. Nick Dunne, Thirty Days After the Return
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Amy, Nick writes, “thinks she’s in control, but she’s very wrong.” Boney, Go, and Nick are all working together despite the cops and the FBI having lost interest... (full context)
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Boney remains convinced that at some point, Amy will crack. Go suggests looking through Amy’s diary with a fine-toothed comb, but Boney knows Amy has covered... (full context)
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Go, getting nervous, tells Nick he should move out—she doesn’t want him living with a murderer.... (full context)
61. Nick Dunne, Nine Weeks After the Return
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Nick’s life, he says, “has begun to feel like an epilogue.” He and Boney and Go still meet up to try and find ways to take down Amy, but are unable... (full context)
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...him once he learns of the man’s death. After the funeral, Nick doesn’t cling to Go for comfort—rather, he goes home with Amy, and lets her hold him that night. All... (full context)
63. Nick Dunne, Twenty Weeks After the Return
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...to tell her the news—she tells him to take care of himself. Nick heads to Go’s to tell her as well. He expects her to be at least a little excited,... (full context)