Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Nick Dunne is the handsome, charismatic, and duplicitous dual protagonist and antagonist of the novel. For the first half of the book, it seems as if Nick Dunne has perhaps murdered his wife Amy—she has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and Nick admits through his narration to lying to the police, surreptitiously visiting and making love with his much-younger mistress, Andie, and secretly loathing his wife. Eventually, it becomes clear that while Nick Dunne is not the all-American “good guy” he pretends to be, he’s no murderer—instead, he’s being framed by his psychotic wife in an attempt to get revenge upon Nick for altering the course of her life, dragging her from her hometown of New York to his hometown of Carthage, and then abandoning her for a younger, more attractive partner. Nick’s low-level cruelty, apathy, and self-centeredness make him an unlikeable protagonist, but even as his mistakes and missteps mount, Gillian Flynn creates a narrative question worthy of her epic tale: in a marriage built on lies, is there ever only one truly wronged party? As Nick and Amy are forced to confront that they’ve manufactured versions of themselves meant to appeal to the other, it becomes clear that their marriage is built on a foundation that is shaky at best, and actively destabilizing at worst. Nick is neither a “good guy” nor a murderer, and in those shades of gray, Gillian Flynn poses major inquiries into what it means to love, fail, and attempt to control someone. As Amy’s manipulations escalate, Nick becomes a kind of puppet on a string, and must reckon with the deep-seated misogyny he harbors—while also reckoning with the fact that his wife is, perhaps, even more monstrous and twisted than he is. Nick and Amy’s toxic relationship—which neither of them seem to know how to leave, so desperate are they both to fulfill the impossibly perfect blueprint the early stages of their relationship seemed to foretell—anchors the novel’s madcap, frenetic energy in a very real examination of what it means to be a partner.

Nick Dunne Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Nick Dunne or refer to Nick 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.
1. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (1) Quotes

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. […] And what’s inside it. I think of that too: her mind. Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 3
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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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6. Amy, Diary Entry, July 5th, 2008 Quotes

I am fat with love! Husky with ardor! Morbidly obese with devotion! A happy, busy bumblebee of marital enthusiasm. I positively hum around him, fussing and fixing. I have become a strange thing. I have become a wife. I find myself steering the ship of conversations—bulkily, unnaturally—just so I can say his name aloud. I have become a wife, I have become a bore, I have been asked to forfeit my Independent Young Feminist card. I don’t care. I balance his checkbook, I trim his hair.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Related Symbols: Amy’s Diary
Page Number: 38
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13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone Quotes

“People think they know [Amy] because they read the books growing up,” I said.

“I can see that,” Boney said, nodding. “People want to believe they know other people. Parents want to believe they know their kids. Wives want to believe they know their husbands.”

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Rhonda Boney (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 91
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14. Amy, Diary Entry, Sep 15th, 2010 Quotes

[Nick] promised to take care of me, and yet I feel afraid. I feel like something is going wrong, very wrong, and that it will get even worse. I don’t feel like Nick’s wife. I don’t feel like a person at all: I am something to be loaded and unloaded, like a sofa or a cuckoo clock. I am something to be tossed into a junkyard, thrown into the river, if necessary. I don’t feel real anymore. I feel like I could disappear.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Related Symbols: Amy’s Diary
Page Number: 102
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17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1) Quotes

I felt a surge of angst. What a fucking day. Boney was out to get me, Noelle was insane, Shawna was pissed, Hilary was resentful, the woman at the security company was a bitch, and my wife had stumped me finally. It was time to end this goddamn day.

Page Number: 135
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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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29. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (1) Quotes

Amy was blooming large in my mind. She was gone, and yet she was more present than anyone else. I’d fallen in love with Amy because I was the ultimate Nick with her. Loving her made me superhuman, it made me feel alive. […] Amy made me believe I was exceptional, that I was up to her level if play. That was both our making and undoing. Because I couldn’t handle the demands of greatness. […] I turned her into the brittle, prickly thing she became. I had pretended to be one kind of man and revealed myself to be quite another.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 214
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30. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (1) Quotes

I’m so much happier now that I’m dead.

Technically, missing. Soon to be presumed dead. But as shorthand, we’ll say dead. It’s been only a matter of hours, but I feel better already: loose joints, wavy muscles. At one point this morning, I realized my face felt strange, different. I looked in the rearview mirror—dread Carthage forty-three miles behind me, my smug husband lounging around his sticky bar as mayhem dangled on a thin piano wire just above his shitty, oblivious head—and I realized I was smiling. Ha! That’s new.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Page Number: 219
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That night at the Brooklyn party, I was playing the girl who was in style, the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, l don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Page Number: 222
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31. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (2) Quotes

[Amy] knew she’d punish me good. Now at our final stop, Amy was ready for me to know how clever she was. Because the woodshed was packed with about every gizmo and gadget that I swore to Boney and Gilpin I hadn’t bought with the credit cards I swore I didn’t know anything about. The insanely expensive golf clubs were here, the watches and game consoles, the designer clothes, they were all sitting here, in wait, on my sister’s property. Where it looked like I’d stored them until my wife was dead and I could have a little fun.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Related Symbols: The Woodshed
Page Number: 227
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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
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Page Number: 232
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32. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (2) Quotes

I could hear the tale, how everyone would love telling it: how Amazing Amy, the girl who never did wrong, let herself be dragged, penniless, to the middle of the country, where her husband threw her over for a younger woman. How predictable, how perfectly average, how amusing. And her husband? He ended up happier than ever. No. I couldn’t allow that. […]

I changed my name for that piece of shit. Historical records have been altered—Amy Elliott to Amy Dunne—like it’s nothing. No, he does not get to win.

So I began to think of a different story, a better story, that would destroy Nick for doing this to me. A story that would restore my perfection. It would make me the hero, flawless and adored.

Because everyone loves the Dead Girl.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Page Number: 234
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39. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (3) Quotes

“My wife, she just happens to be the coolest girl I’ve ever met. How many guys can say that? I married the coolest girl I ever met.”

Youfuckingbitchyoufuckingbitchyoufuckingbitch. Come home so I can kill you.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne, Rebecca
Page Number: 300
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49. Nick Dunne, Fourteen Days Gone Quotes

I spent the rest of my day picturing how I’d kill Amy. It was all I could think of: finding a way to end her. Me smashing in Amy’s busy, busy brain. I had to give Amy her due: I may have been dozing the past few years, but I was fucking wide awake now. I was electric again, like I had been in the early days of our marriage.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 357
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53. Nick Dunne, Forty Days Gone Quotes

I gestured to the twine, the hacked hair, the dried blood. “So, what’s your story, wife?”

“I’m back,” she whimpered. “I made it back to you.” She moved to put her arms around me. I moved away.

“What is your story, Amy?”

“Desi,” she whispered, her lower lip trembling. “Desi Collings took me. It was the morning. Of. Of our anniversary. And the doorbell rang, and I thought... I don’t know, I thought maybe it was flowers from you.”

I flinched. Of course she’d find a way to work in a gripe: that I hardly ever sent her flowers, when her dad had sent her mom flowers each week since they’d been married. That’s 2,444 bouquets of flowers vs. 4.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Desi Collings
Page Number: 372
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57. Nick Dunne, The Night of the Return (2) Quotes

Who will 1 be then? The question wasn’t recriminatory. It wasn’t like the answer was the pious: Then you’ll be a killer, Nick. You’ll be as bad as Amy. You’ll be what everyone thought you were. No. The question was frighteningly soulful and literal: Who would I be without Amy to react to? Because she was right: As a man, I had been my most impressive when I loved her—and I was my next best self when I hated her. I had known Amy only seven years, but I couldn’t go back to life without her.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 396
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60. Amy, Eight Weeks After the Return Quotes

I have a book deal: I am officially in control of our story. It feels wonderfully symbolic. Isn’t that what every marriage is, anyway? Just a lengthy game of he-said, she-said? Well, she is saying, and the world will listen, and Nick will have to smile and agree. I will write him the way I want him to be: romantic and thoughtful and very very repentant—about the credit cards and the purchases and the woodshed. If I can’t get him to say it out loud, he’ll say it in my book. Then he’ll come on tour with me and smile and smile.

I’m calling the book simply: Amazing.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Nick Dunne
Related Symbols: The Woodshed
Page Number: 406
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63. Nick Dunne, Twenty Weeks After the Return Quotes

Yes, I am finally a match for Amy. The other morning I woke up next to her, and I studied the back of her skull. I tried to read her thoughts. For once I didn’t feel like I was staring into the sun. I’m rising to my wife’s level of madness. Because I can feel her changing me again: I was a callow boy, and then a man, good and bad. Now at last I’m the hero. I am the one to root for in the never-ending war story of our marriage. It’s a story I can live with. Hell, at this point, I can’t imagine my story without Amy. She is my forever antagonist. We are one long frightening climax.

Related Characters: Nick Dunne (speaker), Amy Elliott Dunne
Page Number: 413
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Nick Dunne Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Nick 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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When Nick Dunne thinks of his wife, Amy, he writes, he “always think[s] of her head.” It... (full context)
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Nick’s eyes open at 6:00 a.m. on the dot. Nick is not usually an early riser,... (full context)
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Nick, however, was happy to move home to the Midwest just to have something to do.... (full context)
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As Nick watches the sunrise, thinks about the day ahead of him. He hears Amy downstairs banging... (full context)
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Nick is late getting to work. Two years ago, he and Go opened a bar together—a... (full context)
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Go and Nick’s bar is on a street corner, and the interior is made up of “haphazard, patchwork”... (full context)
2. Amy Elliott, Diary Entry, January 8th, 2005
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...a “rich-boy villain in an ‘80s teen movie.” Amy learns that the guy’s name is Nick. He is goofy and casual and speaks lovingly of his Missouri roots. They leave the... (full context)
3. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (2)
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Nick takes his “first real deep breath of the day” as he enters The Bar. There... (full context)
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Go pours Nick a beer and remarks that he looks “twitchy.” Though it’s barely noon, Go is already... (full context)
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Nick tells Go it’s his anniversary with Amy, and Go asks if he’s going to be... (full context)
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Go, who “used to being the alpha girl” in Nick’s life, never took to Amy. The two women rarely spend any time together in spite... (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 Nick that his cat has gotten out. Nick... (full context)
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Nick finds the door wide open and becomes nervous. He goes inside and calls for Amy,... (full context)
4. Amy Elliott, Diary Entry, September 18th, 2005
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After their kiss in the sugar storm, Amy has not seen Nick Dunne for over eight months. Nick “resurfaces” in Amy’s life when she runs into him... (full context)
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The day after the party, Amy runs into Nick on Seventh Avenue, and feels the “pow” of recognition. It seems like they “just know... (full context)
5. Nick Dunne, The Day Of (3)
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Nick, having called the police, waits anxiously in the kitchen for them to arrive. He has... (full context)
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As the officers ask Nick questions about his morning, and about Amy, the phone rings—it is the nearby nursing home... (full context)
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The first detective, Rhonda Boney, strikes Nick as “brazenly beyond the scope of everyday ugly.” Her partner, Jim Gilpin, is a “fleshy”... (full context)
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Back downstairs, Nick looks at a picture on the wall of his and Amy’s wedding day. He recalls... (full context)
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Boney comes over to Nick and examines the picture with him. Nick tells her that today is his and Amy’s... (full context)
6. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, July 5th, 2008
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...identity, she says she truly doesn’t care—she is just too happy to be married to Nick Dunne. Nick has helped Amy to put her life into perspective and see that the... (full context)
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Nick and Amy’s life together as a married couple is blissful, fun, and uncomplicated. They do... (full context)
7. Nick Dunne, The Night Of
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Boney and Gilpin move their interview with Nick to the small Carthage police station. They ask him if he wants to call Amy’s... (full context)
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After swabbing Nick’s cheeks and hands, Boney sets up a tape recorder and starts it rolling. Nick wonders... (full context)
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Boney asks Nick if Amy could have gotten involved with drugs—layoffs and stagnancy in the wake of the... (full context)
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As the detectives ask Nick to go through his morning with them, he tells them that he’d been at a... (full context)
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Boney, satisfied with the questions she’s asked Nick, begins listing the things the police are doing to help track down Amy: they are... (full context)
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Boney assures Nick that the police are taking the investigation seriously—but the most Nick can do right now... (full context)
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On the way back to the interview room, Nick sees his father, Bill, standing in the police station, repeating the word “bitch” over and... (full context)
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At two in the morning, Boney and Gilpin tell Nick he can go home, and offer to have an officer drive him back to his... (full context)
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At Go’s house, Go suggests they go out and drive around looking for Amy, but Nick says doing so would be utterly pointless. Go seems more worked up about Amy’s disappearance... (full context)
8. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, April 21st, 2009
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...All three women text their men to meet them at the restaurant for a nightcap—only Nick doesn’t show, and doesn’t even call Amy to tell her why he’s not coming. The... (full context)
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Amy and Nick arrive home at their brownstone at the same time. Amy blithely asks Nick how he... (full context)
9. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (1)
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Nick stays up all night drinking, unable to calm himself down enough to get to sleep.... (full context)
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Nick, seeing the silver present Amy wrapped for him, asks Velasquez if anyone has looked inside... (full context)
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Later, at the police station, Nick arrives to find that Marybeth and Rand are there, with their arms around one another.... (full context)
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Though Nick braces himself for Rand and Marybeth to be angry with him when they spot him,... (full context)
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Nick, Rand, Go, and Marybeth are all brought into a large conference room, where on a... (full context)
10. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, July 5th, 2010
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Amy writes that she refuses to blame Nick for being laid off—along with fifteen other writers—from his magazine job. To do so, she... (full context)
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Nick gets home at four in the morning. Amy is waiting up for him, angry that... (full context)
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...this one. Amy goes over to the trash can and digs through it, pulling out Nick’s receipts from the night. She sees he’s been to two bars and two strip clubs.... (full context)
11. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (2)
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After the disastrous press conference, Gilpin pulls Nick aside to tell him that there have been vagrants living in the Dunnes’ neighborhood—Nick is... (full context)
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Gilpin brings Nick back to the interrogation room he’d been in the night before to show him, lying... (full context)
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As Nick opens his office door, he sees two envelopes sitting on his desk. He is nervous... (full context)
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After separating from Gilpin, Nick drives aimlessly up and down the highway, trying to make a call on a disposable... (full context)
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Rand asks Nick if he’s given the police lists of his employees at The Bar, and then admits... (full context)
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Nick asks Rand and Marybeth what the police have asked them about him—they console Nick and... (full context)
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...intensity, and then tried to kill himself in her bed when she broke things off. Nick has heard a lot about Desi over the years—despite the macabre end to his relationship... (full context)
12. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, August 23rd, 2010
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...Brooklyn, thinking of how much of her life has come apart in the wake of Nick’s having been laid off. At first, he was optimistic about learning new skills that might... (full context)
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...She finds bags full of luxury bespoke goods from high-end men’s stores. When she confronts Nick about the extravagant purchases, he claims that he bought the clothes for future job interviews.... (full context)
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...is a huge chunk of change, she knows it’s not enough to let her and Nick stop working forever—especially not in New York. (full context)
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...frightened, afraid that one of her parents has fallen ill—instead, when they arrive, they sit Nick and Amy down to tell them they’ve fallen on hard times, having been living beyond... (full context)
13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone
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Nick wakes up on the pullout couch in the Elliotts’ suite. Though Nick is usually a... (full context)
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Boney asks Nick why he never mentioned Noelle Hawthorne—Amy’s best friend. Nick assures Boney that Amy isn’t friends... (full context)
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Many of Nick’s old high school friends and girlfriends come by throughout the day—often with their own children... (full context)
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Nick drives over to the afternoon search area and calls Boney to ask if cops are... (full context)
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...local woman named Shawna Kelly arrives to help with the search, and begins chatting with Nick, who is worried that Shawna’s repeated touching of his arm and overt friendliness looks “inappropriate.”... (full context)
14. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, September 15th, 2010
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...writes a diary entry from an anonymous motel off the highway in Pennsylvania. She and Nick are on their way to their “new adventure”—they are moving back to Nick’s hometown in... (full context)
15. Nick Dunne, Three Days Gone
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...or leads. There is an air of defeat hanging over the volunteer center, and as Nick picks listlessly at a Danish, he overhears two men discussing how Amy could have been... (full context)
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...Amy’s old stalkers, Hilary Handy, who lives five hours away in Tennessee. Marybeth pleads with Nick to drive there himself and check things out. He agrees, and even volunteers to stop... (full context)
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The police return Nick’s car to him. A volunteer takes him to the police station to pick it up,... (full context)
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As Nick arrives in Hannibal and looks around the depressing Main Street, full of closed storefronts and... (full context)
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Nick arrives at one of the spots referenced in Amy’s clue and goes inside—it is an... (full context)
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The next clue attached to the note tells Nick exactly where to go, but he’s not ready to go there yet. Instead, he drives... (full context)
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At 11:00 p.m., Nick goes back to the Days Inn to meet up with Stucks and Rand. As Stucks... (full context)
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...direction of “the Hole,” an old department store at the far end of the mall. Nick and the others make their way to the Hole, where junkies are sprawled out all... (full context)
16. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, October 16th, 2010
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...diary, celebrating her one-month anniversary in Missouri. Although Amy misses New York, and though she, Nick, and their cat Bleecker are having some fits and starts adjusting to their new home,... (full context)
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...recipes Maureen’s friends constantly send her, she does feel strange in Carthage. She thinks that Nick “has decided on a version of [her] that doesn’t exist.” She’s invested money in his... (full context)
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...bit creeped out by the truth of Bill’s words. She waits in the rain for Nick to come outside and comfort her, but he does not. (full context)
17. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (1)
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Rand and Nick are sitting in the empty Find Amy Dunne headquarters in the wee hours of morning,... (full context)
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In the morning, Rand and Nick meet Boney and Gilpin at a nearby pancake house. The detectives chastise Nick and his... (full context)
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Boney tells Nick they have a few more questions for him. They tell him that one of Nick... (full context)
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After breakfast, Rand and Nick drive back to the hotel. Back at headquarters, Nick decides to dial the number for... (full context)
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It is 10:00 p.m. by the time Nick gets to the house, which has been for sale for over a year without a... (full context)
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As Nick gathers his thoughts, he sees Amy’s next clue sitting on the kitchen counter. Again, it... (full context)
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Nick heads to Go’s house, and his twin makes him a grilled cheese and pours him... (full context)
18. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, April 28th, 2011
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Amy’s life in Missouri is difficult. Nick has lost all interest in taking care of his parents, leaving his wife the responsibilities... (full context)
19. Nick Dunne, Four Days Gone (2)
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Nick walks outside to find his “very young mistress,” Andie, standing on the doorstep. She runs... (full context)
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Nick tells Andie that she shouldn’t have come—his sister, Go, is sleeping in the other room.... (full context)
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Nick met Andie when she was one of his students in a class called “How to... (full context)
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After closing The Bar, Nick walked Andie home during the snowstorm, and they had sex for the first time at... (full context)
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Back in the present, Andie tells Nick that she loves him “no matter what happens.” He is unable to return the sentiment,... (full context)
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Nick wakes up at five in the morning to the sound of Go, in the hall... (full context)
20. Amy Elliot Dunne, Diary Entry, July 21st, 2011
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...wishing she could tell Maureen she used to have cash—before she gave it all to Nick. Amy is reluctant to give blood, and faints shortly after her session. Maureen brings her... (full context)
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That night, Nick slips into bed with Amy past eleven. He’s heard some of what happened from Maureen,... (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 “one of the... (full context)
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Nick falls back asleep and dreams of Amy, her head misshapen and bloody. He knows that... (full context)
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Nick turns on the TV and watches the segment, in which Ellen reveals that Nick’s full... (full context)
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Nick, needing to do something “useful,” gets in his car and drives to St. Louis to... (full context)
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...attention in its early stages, and became desperate once she saw his “flaws” and lost interest—Nick feels a “rush of disgust for sharing this emotion with [an]other man.” Desi brings Nick... (full context)
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...Amy letters over the years. Jacqueline praises them for sustaining the lost art of letter-writing. Nick asks why Desi would write letters to a woman who never wrote him back, and... (full context)
22. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, August 17th, 2011
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Amy writes about how there has recently been a change in Nick after many months of sadness, tension, and even anger between them. Last week, they had... (full context)
23. Nick Dunne, Five Days Gone (2)
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As he leaves Desi’s house, Nick gets a voicemail from Gilpin asking him to meet the detectives at his and Amy’s... (full context)
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Boney asks Nick about his whereabouts during the time frame Amy went missing—when he was down at the... (full context)
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Gilpin and Boney tell Nick that they have seen countless home invasions—and have determined that the scene in the living... (full context)
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Boney and Gilpin begin questioning Nick about the state of his and Amy’s marriage—he insists everything between them was fine, but... (full context)
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Boney and Gilpin continue asking Nick about his marriage, and the kinds of things he and Amy would fight about. Nick... (full context)
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Boney pulls out a bunch of credit card statements and asks Nick about the two hundred thousand dollars in debt they reveal. Nick is shocked, and stutters... (full context)
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Gilpin and Boney begin peppering Nick with other incriminating information. They point out that Nick bumped up Amy’s life insurance coverage... (full context)
24. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, October 21st, 2011
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Amy writes that Nick’s mother, Maureen, has died. She stayed positive until the end, even in hospice. Her wake... (full context)
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That evening, after Nick roughly has sex with Amy up against a wall, she asks him if it’s the... (full context)
25. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (1)
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Nick is getting ready to attend a candlelight vigil in a nearby park. In the last... (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... (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 car, ignoring reporters... (full context)
26. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, February 15th, 2012
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Amy writes that something is “horribly wrong” with her husband, Nick. She can feel him watching her sometimes, and often catches a look of “disgust” on... (full context)
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...one, she thought, she’d feel “safer.” She chides herself for not being able to leave Nick, even though something inside of her knows that he is going to hurt her again. (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... (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 aware... (full context)
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Go accuses Nick of “fibbing like a little boy” throughout the entire investigation to avoid looking like the... (full context)
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An hour later, Nick returns to his house. The lawn is teeming with paparazzi, and he waits uneasily for... (full context)
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Nick is walking back up to the house when a cop car pulls up—it is Boney,... (full context)
28. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, June 26th, 2012
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...“scared” again. She begins crafting a treasure hunt for next week’s anniversary, planning to lead Nick to an antique wooden cradle at the end. She also laments that she was unable... (full context)
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Amy knows that her “value” to Nick has decreased. She is nearing forty and has lost her fortune. Still, she knows she... (full context)
29. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (1)
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At nine in the morning New York time, Nick picks up the phone and finally calls a lawyer. He phones a man named Tanner... (full context)
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Nick arrives on the twenty-sixth floor of a large midtown high-rise—Tanner Bolt’s office. Nick “pre-hate[s]” Tanner... (full context)
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Tanner Bolt finally calls Nick into his stately office for a meeting. He gets down to business right away, stating... (full context)
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Tanner asks Nick to make a list of “all the nice things” he’s done for Amy over the... (full context)
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On the flight home to Missouri, Nick convinces himself to fall out of love with Andie—and is surprised by how easy it... (full context)
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As Nick arrives home, he finally believes he has solved Amy’s final clue—he thinks she’s gotten them... (full context)
30. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (1)
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...into her rearview mirror—Carthage is miles and miles behind her, and her “shitty, oblivious husband,” Nick, has no idea. Amy laughs out loud, gleeful. (full context)
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Nick’s deep, all-consuming love for Amy was the first time in her life she’d felt truly... (full context)
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Amy is able to admit that there were parts of being Nick’s Cool Girl she enjoyed—she loved him so much, and even though she could feel herself... (full context)
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Eventually, Amy writes, she grew tired of being the Cool Girl, and started showing Nick the real her. As opposed to the fictitious diary entries Amy wrote about not wanting... (full context)
31. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (2)
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Nick leans against the inner wall of the woodshed, catching his breath. As soon as he... (full context)
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Nick drags Go out to the woodshed to show her what’s going on. He tells her... (full context)
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Nick opens the box to find two wooden puppets, side by side. There is a husband... (full context)
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Inside, Go and Nick arrange the puppets on the dining table and try to figure out the full picture... (full context)
32. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (2)
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Amy reveals that she saw Nick and Andie together months and months ago—when she showed up to surprise him at The... (full context)
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...is to frame one’s husband for murder. At the same time, to leave or divorce Nick would still allow him to win—and she wanted her husband to lose big. She was... (full context)
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...handiwork—how ugly she’s made herself—she finds herself thinking that she could have avoided everything with Nick if she’d just been “less pretty” when they met. (full context)
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...her to a life with no money, no home, and no friends. Amy believes that Nick, Rand, and Marybeth “killed [her] soul”—which should be a crime worthy of a fitting punishment. (full context)
33. Nick Dunne, Seven Days Gone (3)
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Nick calls Tanner to tell him seven unbelievable words: “I think my wife is framing me.”... (full context)
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Nick tells Andie he’s hired a layer—whose advice is to break things off with Andie. Andie... (full context)
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Andie is disgruntled and angry, and accuses Nick of having used her for sex. She asks Nick “what kind of man” he is... (full context)
34. Amy Elliott Dunne, Five Days Gone
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...is calling the new number she gave them a few months ago. She knows that Nick has made it to Clue 3, and imagines him fumbling around in his father’s empty... (full context)
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...and happily watches as Ellen airs beautiful pictures of Amy and rails against the “idiot” Nick. (full context)
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...dollars in cash, which she has stockpiled using cash forwards from the credit cards in Nick’s name. Moreover, Amy made a habit of stealing out of the tip jar any time... (full context)
35. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (1)
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In the morning, desperate to “contain” the drama he’s started with Andie, Nick tries calling her and leaving her voicemails apologizing for his actions—but she does not pick... (full context)
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Boney tells Nick that cops have turned up Amy’s purse on a riverbank outside of Hannibal, Boney says... (full context)
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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 of Amy’s clues,... (full context)
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Nick continues explaining each of Amy’s twisting, rhyming clues, laying out for Tanner the diabolical intent... (full context)
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...there are incriminating pieces of evidence at each stop—panties that don’t belong to Amy at Nick’s office, a purse in Hannibal, and credit-card purchases in the woodshed. With equal parts horror... (full context)
36. Amy Elliott Dunne, Seven Days Gone
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The two of them continue watching the program as it transitions into disparaging coverage of Nick. Greta looks over at Amy suspiciously, and says she hopes that Nick didn’t kill his... (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... (full context)
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...could see any admissions about the items in the woodshed, or Andie, as evidence of Nick’s guilt rather than Amy’s plan, he asks Nick to definitively, once and for all, state... (full context)
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Nick returns home after noon and finds the street outside his and Amy’s house lined with... (full context)
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Nick is furious that Marybeth and Rand are treating him like this—they are the ones who... (full context)
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Nick grows intensely nervous, knowing that if the Elliotts have lost faith in him—and say so... (full context)
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Tommy calls Nick back from a bar, admitting that to have the conversation they’re about to have, he... (full context)
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...note in the mail which read only, “Maybe next time you’ll think twice.” Tommy tells Nick that last week, when he saw the news about Amy, he watched the coverage realizing... (full context)
39. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (3)
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Realizing that his own “murder” of Amy is a lie—as is Tommy O’Hara’s “rape”—Nick begins to wonder if Hilary Handy, too, was falsely accused of stalking Amy. He tries... (full context)
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Alone in his “haunted” house that night, Nick can’t stop thinking about whether Amy’s pregnancy is genuine or a lie meant to drive... (full context)
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Nick went on his own to the center three times to give semen samples, but Amy... (full context)
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Restless and lonely, Nick dons a baseball cap and drives into town to go to a bar. He knows... (full context)
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As Nick continues conversing with the woman, he learns that her name is Rebecca—and that she’s a... (full context)
40. Amy Elliott Dunne, Nine Days Gone (1)
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...to leave later that afternoon—but first, goes to the local library to catch up on Nick. She almost immediately finds Nick’s interview with Rebecca, labeled online as “NICK DUNNE, DRUNKEN DECLARATIONS!!!”... (full context)
41. Nick Dunne, Nine Days Gone
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Nick is in an incredible mood in the morning as he wakes up to find that... (full context)
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Tanner is able to admit, though, that conditions are good for Nick—at least for the moment—and that it’s an optimal time to go to the police about... (full context)
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Tanner warns Nick, however, that he’ll need to use the Schieber interview to come clean about Andie—the information... (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... (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... (full context)
44. Amy Elliott Dunne, Ten Days Gone (1)
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...aid. They have never quite lost touch, and in spite of what Amy has told Nick and her parents, Desi doesn’t frighten her. Amy knows that Desi is never happier than... (full context)
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Desi is full of rage towards Nick, and agrees to keep Amy hidden from him. Desi reveals that Nick came to talk... (full context)
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...conference. Dressed conservatively and looking tiny and helpless, Amy tells reporters all about her and Nick’s affair, and promises she’s now cooperating with the police in their investigation. As Amy overhears... (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... (full context)
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The interview goes off without a hitch—Sharon adores Nick, and is openly flirtatious with him as she conducts the interview. Nick answers her questions... (full context)
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...about Boney’s decision to allow Andie to give a press conference, and then Boney leads Nick out to the woodshed. Tanner follows along, trying to bait Boney with an “explosive new... (full context)
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An hour later, Nick and Tanner are at the police station, heading into a conference room with Boney and... (full context)
47. Nick Dunne, Ten Days Gone (3)
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As Boney begins going through the diary with Nick, he begins to realize that the things contained within its pages are going to “ruin”... (full context)
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...year for Amy to set all this up—to do so, she’d have to be “crazy.” Nick insists that Amy’s “sense of justice” is such that she would have committed to this... (full context)
48. Amy Elliott Dunne, Eleven Days Gone
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Amy settles in to watch Nick’s Sharon Schieber interview. She wishes she could watch it alone, but Desi will not leave... (full context)
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Amy watches the interview, rapt and focused. She realizes that Nick is wearing a tie she bought him, and hangs on his every word as he... (full context)
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...She begins dreaming of what could be in store for her if she returns to Nick—they could move back to New York with the money gained from the “skyrocket[ing]” Amazing Amy... (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... (full context)
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As Nick and Go talk, they snipe at each other more and more—after so many days holed... (full context)
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Nick arrives home and spends the rest of the day imagining all the different ways in... (full context)
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...from the nursing home once again, ranting and raving about a “little ugly bitch.” As Nick helplessly watches his father spew misogynistic vitriol, he realizes that he does not want to... (full context)
50. Amy Elliott Dunne, Twenty-Six Days Gone
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...ever comes by and finds her gone, he’d go right to the police—for fear that Nick had kidnapped her back. Amy realizes she has underestimated Desi, and has lost control of... (full context)
51. Nick Dunne, Thirty-Three Days Gone
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One afternoon, after going out for groceries, Nick comes home to find Tanner, Boney, and Gilpin in the living room. On the coffee... (full context)
53. Nick Dunne, Forty Days Gone
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In the late, hot days of August, Nick is out on bond and awaiting trial. The proceedings won’t begin for months, and Nick... (full context)
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The doorbell rings, and Nick answers it—Amy is standing on the doorstep in a thin pink dress. There is twine... (full context)
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Once the door is shut, Amy looks at Nick with a “triumphant smile.” She proudly announces that she has made it back to Nick.... (full context)
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Nick bluntly accuses Amy of framing him for murder. She promises she can explain everything, and... (full context)
54. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Night of the Return (1)
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...for their lazy policework, and for attempting to pin everything on her sweet, innocent husband, Nick. The interview concludes with Boney telling Amy what she wants to hear—that she is an... (full context)
55. Nick Dunne, The Night of the Return (1)
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Nick arrives at the police station to find inside a scene that looks like a “holiday... (full context)
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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, and have... (full context)
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The media follows Amy and Nick through streets like a “royal wedding procession” as they drive back to their house. Nick... (full context)
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Nick pulls himself back, telling Amy that he can’t be with someone who has killed a... (full context)
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After making sure that Nick isn’t wearing a wire, Amy strips herself and leads Nick into the shower, where she... (full context)
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After Amy goes to sleep, Nick calls Tanner and desperately relays the details of Amy’s deception—and the new threats she’s made.... (full context)
56. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Night of the Return (2)
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Amy stands at the foot of the stairs after listening into Nick’s phone call, desperate to ignore his hatred of her and “make him be the man... (full context)
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Amy threatens Nick with violence and retribution if he ever tries to divorce her—and tells him that even... (full context)
57. Nick Dunne, The Night of the Return (2)
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With his hands around Amy’s throat, Nick wonders who he would be if he killed her—who he would be without her. He... (full context)
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At the same time, Nick knows that just as Amy made him into his best self, he made her into... (full context)
58. Amy Elliott Dunne, Five Days After the Return
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Amy is realizing that she needs to be more careful about her husband—Nick is not as “tame” as he used to be. She needs to put one more... (full context)
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...her parents. They lavish her with careful attention, treating her like a breakable doll, and Nick follows suit, playing along. Amy senses that Nick is about to “burst” with the truth... (full context)
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Amy knows that Nick hasn’t fallen back in love with her yet—but has faith that he will. They’re both... (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... (full context)
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...public loves Amy too much to believe the words of people she’s slandered. Boney tells Nick that their only chance of showing everyone the real Amy is if she tells him... (full context)
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Go, getting nervous, tells Nick he should move out—she doesn’t want him living with a murderer. Nick says that Amy... (full context)
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Sometimes Nick finds himself letting his guard down and actually enjoying his time with Amy—they playact at... (full context)
60. Amy Elliott Dunne, Eight Weeks After the Return
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...feels safe—no one has arrested her, and all the questioning has stopped. Though she knows Nick is onto her, it “hardly matters now”—so many good things are happening lately. Amy has... (full context)
61. Nick Dunne, Nine Weeks After the Return
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Nick has found Amy’s vomit—in the back of a freezer in a jar, inside a box... (full context)
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Nick’s life, he says, “has begun to feel like an epilogue.” He and Boney and Go... (full context)
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Bill finally dies one night in his sleep. Though Nick always imagined he’d feel better once his father died, he feels a “frightening hollowness open... (full context)
62. Amy Elliott Dunne, Ten Weeks After the Return
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Though Nick is “pretend[ing]” to be happy with Amy—and she is pretending right back—she hears him writing... (full context)
63. Nick Dunne, Twenty Weeks After the Return
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Nick lives with Amy, pretending nothing is wrong, while he finishes his manuscript. He titles it... (full context)
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Amy tells Nick that she needs him to do some things “for [her] security.” She demands he destroy... (full context)
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Nick calls Boney to tell her the news—she tells him to take care of himself. Nick... (full context)
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In spite of the madness of the situation, Nick feels he is “finally a match for Amy.” He can feel her changing him—he was... (full context)
64. Amy Elliott Dunne, Ten Months, Two Weeks, Six Days After the Return
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Amy’s baby is due tomorrow—ironically, the same date as her and Nick’s sixth anniversary. The theme this year is iron, and Amy considered getting Nick a pair... (full context)
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Over the last several months, Nick has spent all his free time doting on Amy—rubbing her belly with lotion, running out... (full context)
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Amy says that earlier this morning, Nick was stroking her hair and asking her if she needed anything. Amy asked Nick why... (full context)