Greasy Lake


T. Coraghessan Boyle

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Older Girl Character Analysis

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, stiletto heels, [and have] hair like frozen fur.” The older one looks about 25 and seems to be strung out on something, though whether it’s drugs or alcohol, the narrator is unsure. She tells the boys she is looking for “Al,” whom the narrator believes to be the dead body he stumbled upon down at the lake’s edge, and she tells the boys that they “look like some pretty bad characters” and offers them a handful of pills, which they refuse. The older girl is exactly the kind of girl that the narrator had hoped to meet on his way up to Greasy Lake the previous night; in the light of day, though, it’s clear that her “badness” is unglamorous, pathetic, and destructive.

Older Girl Quotes in Greasy Lake

The Greasy Lake quotes below are all either spoken by Older Girl or refer to Older Girl. 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:
Danger Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Greasy Lake published in 1986.
Greasy Lake Quotes

“Hey, you guys look like some pretty bad characters—been fightin’, huh?”

Related Characters: Older Girl (speaker), The Narrator, Digby, Jeff
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:
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Older Girl Character Timeline in Greasy Lake

The timeline below shows where the character Older Girl appears in Greasy Lake. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Action vs. Inaction Theme Icon for someone named “Al.” Digby again presses the narrator to drive away. Just then, one of the girls —the narrator thinks she looks “older”—walks unsteadily toward the boys; the narrator observes that there... (full context)
Danger Theme Icon
Action vs. Inaction Theme Icon
Memory, Reminiscence, and the Pull of the Past Theme Icon
The Older Girl asks the boys if any of them have seen “Al,” and they tell her that... (full context)