Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by

Gillian Flynn

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Rand Elliott Character Analysis

Amy’s father, a gregarious man who, along with his wife, has constructed an empire and accumulated a massive deal of wealth by plagiarizing Amy’s childhood as fodder for a series of educational children’s books titled Amazing Amy. Rand and his wife, Marybeth, clearly cherish their only daughter, but put enormous pressure on her to succeed—and sniped at her failures through their fictive book series whenever Amy struggled or failed in life. Rand and Marybeth squander their fortunes by living beyond their means for years while Amy sales suffer, and ultimately have to borrow back the bulk of the trust fund they’d set aside for their daughter—plunging Amy and Nick into financial ruin, as well. Both Rand and Marybeth are warm and kind, but there is something selfish and cold running just underneath the surface of both their personas.

Rand Elliott Quotes in Gone Girl

The Gone Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Rand Elliott or refer to Rand Elliott. 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.
4. Amy, Diary Entry, Sep 18th, 2005 Quotes

My parents have always worried that I’d take Amy too personally—they always tell me not to read too much into her. And yet I can’t fail to notice that whenever I screw something up, Amy does it right… […] This used to drive me mad… […] That my parents, two child psychologists, chose this particular public form of passive-aggressiveness toward their child was not just fucked up but also stupid and weird and kind of hilarious. So be it.

Related Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (speaker), Rand Elliott, Marybeth Elliott
Related Symbols: Amy’s Diary
Page Number: 26-27
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Rand Elliott Character Timeline in Gone Girl

The timeline below shows where the character Rand Elliott appears in Gone Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
4. Amy Elliott, Diary Entry, September 18th, 2005
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...fielding obnoxious questions from journalists about the state of her own romantic life. Amy’s parents, Rand and Marybeth, whom Amy describes as looking like a “prehistoric-monster-fish” and a “chicken,” respectively, bob... (full context)
7. Nick Dunne, The Night Of
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...aggrieved. Boney suggests Nick go call Amy’s parents. Though it’s past midnight, and Nick knows Rand and Marybeth go to bed early, he goes out to the hall and makes the... (full context)
9. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (1)
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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. Nick is, and always has been, put... (full context)
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Though Nick braces himself for Rand and Marybeth to be angry with him when they spot him, instead, they embrace him... (full context)
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Nick, Rand, Go, and Marybeth are all brought into a large conference room, where on a nearby... (full context)
11. Nick Dunne, One Day Gone (2)
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...they watch the five o’clock news from St. Louis. Amy’s disappearance is the lead story. Rand asks Nick how he’s holding up, and they all commiserate over how sick and useless... (full context)
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Rand asks Nick if he’s given the police lists of his employees at The Bar, and... (full context)
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Nick asks Rand and Marybeth what the police have asked them about him—they console Nick and promise him... (full context)
12. Amy Elliott Dunne, Diary Entry, August 23rd, 2010
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One day, Marybeth and Rand call to ask if they can come over. Amy grows frightened, afraid that one of... (full context)
13. Nick Dunne, Two Days Gone
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...brain—he has hardly slept at all, and is exhausted. He goes downstairs with Marybeth and Rand to an underused ballroom the inn has donated as a Find Amy Dunne headquarters and... (full context)
15. Nick Dunne, Three Days Gone
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Marybeth and Rand are frustrated by the police’s refusal to look into one of Amy’s old stalkers, Hilary... (full context)
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...11:00 p.m., Nick goes back to the Days Inn to meet up with Stucks and Rand. As Stucks tells Rand how sorry he is about Amy, and tells nice stories about... (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... (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... (full context)
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After breakfast, Rand and Nick drive back to the hotel. Back at headquarters, Nick decides to dial the... (full context)
25. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (1)
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As Rand, Marybeth, Nick, and Go arrive at the vigil together, Nick notes Rand’s psychotic cheer and... (full context)
27. Nick Dunne, Six Days Gone (2)
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Back at Go’s, Nick receives a phone call from Rand, who angrily demands to know whether Nick was aware of Amy’s pregnancy. Nick tries to... (full context)
32. Amy Elliott Dunne, The Day Of (2)
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...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)
37. Nick Dunne, Eight Days Gone (2)
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...he gets out, the doorbell rings—he pulls on some clothes and goes downstairs to find Rand and Marybeth standing on the doorstep. Nick invites them in, and once the door is... (full context)
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Nick is furious that Marybeth and Rand are treating him like this—they are the ones who “created [Amy].” Nick attempts to soothe... (full context)
44. Amy Elliott Dunne, Ten Days Gone (1)
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...she becomes enraged. Desi tries to hurry her out of the casino—but when Marybeth and Rand take over from Andie, both Amy and Desi freeze. Marybeth announces that in light of... (full context)
58. Amy Elliott Dunne, Five Days After the Return
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As the investigation winds down, Amazing Amy sales pick up—Rand and Marybeth have secured a book deal for a new entry in the series, and... (full context)