Greasy Lake


T. Coraghessan Boyle

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The Narrator

The unnamed narrator of “Greasy Lake” is nineteen and “cultivates decadence like a taste.” Desperate to appear “bad” and “dangerous,” he tries to seem passive and cool, but he actually reveals himself to be nervous… read analysis of The Narrator


Along with Jeff, Digby is one of the narrator’s two best friends. The narrator describes him as a “dangerous character.” Digby, who is nineteen, wears an earring and “allow[s] his father to pay his… read analysis of Digby


One of the narrator’s two best friends, Jeff’s primary characteristic is his inaction. He is lazy, uncertain, and is “thinking of quitting school to become a painter/musician/head-shop proprietor.” At nineteen, Jeff has big ideas, but… read analysis of Jeff

The “Bad Character” (Bobbie)

When the narrator, Digby, and Jeff arrive at Greasy Lake, they spot a metallic blue ’57 Chevy, and assume it is their friend Tony Lovett’s car. As they honk their horn… read analysis of The “Bad Character” (Bobbie)

“The Fox”

The Fox emerges from The Bad Character’s Chevy after the narrator has knocked The Bad Character unconscious with a tire iron. She is in “panties and a man’s shirt,” and wears a silver anklet. Her… read analysis of “The Fox”
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The Blond Men

The Blond Men are a pair of men in “fraternity jackets” who drive up to the lake in a Trans Am just as the narrator, Digby, and Jeff are about to attack Theread analysis of The Blond Men

Older Girl

The morning after the boys’ fateful night at Greasy Lake, as they clean up the narrator’s mother’s car and prepare to leave, two girls pull up in a Mustang. They both wear “tight jeans… read analysis of Older Girl