I’ll Give You the Sun

by

Jandy Nelson

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Oscar Ralph / The English Guy Character Analysis

Guillermo’s assistant, Oscar, is a university student and former wild child whose path crosses with both Noah’s and Jude’s at different times in the twins’ lives. When Oscar meets Noah, Noah never learns the young man’s name—Oscar is simply the cool, beautiful model for the life drawing classes at CSA. When Noah begins spying on the classes, he meets Oscar, and watches as Oscar is fired for drinking on the job. Years later, Jude meets Oscar in a church, and the two are instantly mesmerized by one another. Oscar, a fledgling photographer, is desperate to take Jude’s photograph despite her protestations. She is on her “boy boycott,” and gets away from Oscar as quickly as possible. When they run into one another again at Guillermo Garcia’s studio—and Jude realizes that Oscar is Garcia’s assistant—it becomes clear that a little bit of destiny is in the mix. Over the course of Jude’s apprenticeship with Garcia, she and Oscar flirt back and forth—though both are afraid to jump headfirst into anything. Ultimately, Oscar confesses his intense feelings for Jude, and reveals that his long-deceased mother once predicted he would meet his soulmate in a church. Oscar’s devil-may-care personality, crooked good looks, and belief in fate, destiny, and magic draw Jude in, but it is his heartfelt investment in her happiness and well-being that eventually shows her how right they are for one another.

Oscar Ralph / The English Guy Quotes in I’ll Give You the Sun

The I’ll Give You the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Oscar Ralph / The English Guy or refer to Oscar Ralph / The English Guy. 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 Dial Books edition of I’ll Give You the Sun published in 2014.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“[Oscar] didn’t save my life and it doesn’t matter how high it is.” [Noah is] getting drunker by the minute, talking with two tongues now. “It’s Mom who keeps me up. It’s like I have a parachute on. Like I can practically fly.” He makes a slow swoosh with his hand through the air. “I sail all the way down so incredibly slowly. Every time.”

My mouth falls open. Yes, he does. I’ve seen it.

This is why he keeps jumping then, so Mom will break his fall?

Page Number: 322
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“Okay. So once upon a time, I saw this cubist portrait my brother did of you and had to have it.” I look at him. “Had to have it. It was love at first sight.” He smiles. “He and I were always playing this game where we’d swap parts of the world for others in a quest for universe domination. He was winning. We’re . . . competitive, that’s the nice way of putting it. Anyway, he didn’t want me to have you. I had to give up almost everything. But it was worth it. I kept you here.” I show him the spot where the picture hung by my bed. “I would stare and stare at you and wish you were real and imagine you coming to that window, just like you did tonight.”

He bursts out laughing. “That’s incredible! We’re absolutely split-aparts.”

“I don’t know if I want a split-apart,” I say honestly. “I think I need my own soul.”

Page Number: 335
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Our connection is still so natural, though now, for me, it’s tinged with guilt because of Dad. I turn back to my clay model, start caressing my mother’s shoulder into shape, her upper arm. “It’s like some part of me knew,” I tell him, working the bend of her elbow. “I don’t know what I knew, but I knew I was supposed to be here. You made me feel better too. So much better. I was so locked in.”

“This is what I think,” he says. “I think maybe Dianna, she break your bowls, so you come find a stone carver.”

I look at him. “Yeah,” I say, the back of my neck tingling. “Me too.”

Because who knows? Who knows anything? Who knows who’s pulling the strings? Or what is? Or how? Who knows if destiny is just how you tell yourself the story of your life? Another son might not have heard his mother’s last words as a prophecy but as drug-induced gibberish, forgotten soon after. Another girl might not have told herself a love story about a drawing her brother made. Who knows if Grandma really thought the first daffodils of spring were lucky or if she just wanted to go on walks with me through the woods? Who knows if she even believed in her bible at all or if she just preferred a world where hope and creativity and faith trump reason? Who knows if there are ghosts (sorry, Grandma) or just the living, breathing memories of your loved ones inside you, speaking to you, trying to get your attention by any means necessary? Who knows where the hell Ralph is? (Sorry, Oscar.) No one knows.

So we grapple with the mysteries, each in our own way.

Page Number: 369
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Oscar Ralph / The English Guy Character Timeline in I’ll Give You the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Oscar Ralph / The English Guy appears in I’ll Give You the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...candlestick off of an altar, and, in an English accent, accuses Jude of “scaring” him. The English guy prattles on and on as he lights the candle. Jude stares at him—he has a... (full context)
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The English guy apologizes for startling Jude in return, and explains that he was taking photographs of the... (full context)
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The English guy says Jude’s camera shyness is a shame—he thinks she looks like an “angel” sitting in... (full context)
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...on her. Jude, frightened but determined, knocks again. This time, when the door swings open, the English guy from the church is standing on the other side. He seems surprised to see her,... (full context)
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...accent, asks what Noah is doing spying on him. Noah is struck nearly silent, but the English guy chattily begins asking him questions anyway. He catches a glimpse of Noah’s sketchbook and admires... (full context)
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Noah watches as the English guy heads back inside, but sees the teacher meet him at the door and motion for... (full context)
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...He quickly flips the page in his sketchpad back over to the figure drawing of the English guy . Jude, wearing high heels, teeters into Noah’s room. Her face is caked in makeup,... (full context)
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...house. On the lawn, he hears a familiar, English-accented voice, and turns around to see the English guy from CSA—he is drunk. He asks Noah what his name is, and Noah replies “Picasso”... (full context)
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...wanders and he imagines Jude and Brian locked in a passionate embrace. Upset, he tells the English guy he’s going to go home. As he turns to leave, the model tells him that... (full context)
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...his sister’s talent from the world. He goes to Jude’s room, pulls the drawing of the English guy down off the wall, and rips it to shreds. Then he returns to his own... (full context)
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...on the internet. Meanwhile, she sucks on a lemon, hoping to nip her crush on the English guy in the bud—Grandma’s bible dictates that “nothing curdles love in the heart like lemon on... (full context)
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...a few feet away—when the driver takes off his helmet, Jude sees that he is the English guy from the church. Jude struggles to put her “boy blinders” on as he greets her... (full context)
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The English guy mentions that the photos he took of Jude in the church have been developed. He... (full context)
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...hall towards the studio. She is nervous—both to show Guillermo her portfolio, and to encounter the English guy once again. She has placed various talismans to ward off love, attention, and attraction in... (full context)
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...heard was just a theatrical response to the pastry. Guillermo asks Jude if she’s met Oscar—with a flush of excitement at finally learning the English guy’s name, Jude admits that she... (full context)
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Oscar tells Jude that Guillermo saved his life once—a while ago, Guillermo found Oscar half-dead from... (full context)
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Frida the cat climbs into Oscar’s lap, and he jokingly remarks that he has a way with women. Jude replies that... (full context)
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Oscar heads down the hall to the drawing studio while Guillermo sits down and begins looking... (full context)
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...will not break this sculpture. Together, they head down the hall to the room where Oscar is waiting. (full context)
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In the smaller studio, Oscar disrobes while Jude experiences “penis-panic.” Guillermo instructs Jude to start drawing, and tells Oscar to... (full context)
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Later, Jude is in another room waiting for Guillermo to return from an errand. Oscar, now fully clothed, peeks into the room and congratulates Jude on making a breakthrough earlier.... (full context)
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Oscar asks Jude if he can photograph her nude sometime—he says it’s “only fair,” since she’s... (full context)
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Jude hears a pair of heels tapping on the floor in the hall—Oscar explains that someone named Sophia has arrived to pick him up. Before he goes out... (full context)
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...named Sophia enters the room—she is dressed like a pinup girl and “glitters.” She kisses Oscar on the mouth, and Jude’s heart sinks. She is deeply confused. Oscar introduces Sophia and... (full context)
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Oscar and Sophia leave, and Jude runs to the window to look down at the street.... (full context)
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...hours of practice carving, Jude returns home with aching muscles and bruised thumbs. She finds Oscar’s oranges in her bag while unpacking it—remembering Sophia, she takes the oranges to the kitchen... (full context)
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...is waiting for her in the large “mailroom” space. Grandma’s ghost encourages her to give Oscar a chance, but Jude retorts that Oscar is bad news—and already has a girlfriend to... (full context)
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...aloud what it must be like to get kissed so passionately. Grandma Sweetwine doesn’t answer though—Oscar does. He appears behind Jude and says he’d be “happy to show [her,]” if only... (full context)
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Becoming sincere, Oscar tells Jude that he’s sorry for her losses—of both her mother and her grandmother. He... (full context)
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Oscar thanks Jude for calling him out on his devilish and flirtatious nature—he confesses that deep... (full context)
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Jude shakes Oscar’s hand and declares the deal done. At the same time, as their hands are clasped,... (full context)
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Jude asks Oscar why he puts on a front—Oscar asks Jude the same question back. Jude says only... (full context)
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Oscar attempts to lighten the mood by asking Jude if she likes him better when he’s... (full context)
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...errand so that she can start carving, she feels as if, through her conversation with Oscar, something has loosened inside of her. She stares and stares at her practice rock, begging... (full context)
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...to throw herself into the lesson to distract herself from the embarrassment of having slipped Oscar a love note—but can’t help asking Guillermo a few questions about the guy throughout their... (full context)
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Jude wanders into the loft where Oscar sleeps. She inspects his room and lies down on his bed, breathing in his scent.... (full context)
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Jude begins rifling through Oscar’s books and papers, and find an essay he wrote for an art history class—a class... (full context)
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Finally, Jude lifts Oscar’s jacket off of a hanger and puts it on. The note to “Dearest” is not... (full context)
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At that moment, Jude hears footsteps climbing the stairs—and two voices. Oscar is talking with a girl—a new girl, not Sophia. Jude, panicking, quickly hides in the... (full context)
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Outside, Jude feels around Oscar’s jacket until she finds a picture tucked into the lining—a picture of her. Jude is... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Seeing them, Noah is struck by inspiration, and decides to search for the sculptor’s studio the English guy mentioned to him at the party. (full context)
Chapter 6
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Jude lies in bed, but she cannot sleep: she keeps thinking of Oscar kissing Brooke, of her mother’s and grandmother’s ghosts, and of Noah. After they ran into... (full context)
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...out of her practice rock. When she arrives at the warehouse, she hears Guillermo and Oscar arguing in the mailroom. Guillermo is chastising Oscar for “hurt[ing others] before [he] can be... (full context)
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...and goes to the church for an hour or so. When she returns, Guillermo and Oscar have stopped arguing—Guillermo, covered in white dust from carving stone, greets Jude and apologizes for... (full context)
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Jude goes into the warehouse and uses Oscar’s computer to send an email to Sandy at CSA—she asks if she can meet with... (full context)
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When Jude wakes up, she wonders if she is hallucinating—the first thing she sees is Oscar lying on top of Noah, whom he tackled before the latter could reach the edge.... (full context)
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As Jude and Noah talk at and over one another, Oscar realizes they are brother and sister, and is charmed by the revelation. Oscar observes that... (full context)
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Jude prods Noah to thank Oscar for saving his life, but Noah insists that it’s Mom who saves him every time... (full context)
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Oscar helps Noah up and begins walking him and Jude home. On the way, Jude and... (full context)
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...for Mom’s sculpture in preparation for showing them to Guillermo tomorrow. Noah is sleeping, and Oscar has gone home. She is so elated by her feelings of love for Oscar that... (full context)
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Soon there is a tap on the window—Jude asks if it is Oscar, and when she hears his voice in response, she quickly ruffles her hair, puts on... (full context)
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In a flash of realization, Jude realizes that Oscar is the guy from all of Noah’s drawings—the dream-guy whose likeness once hung on the... (full context)
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Oscar comes into Jude’s bedroom and begins poking around. As he looks at old pictures of... (full context)
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Oscar admits that he is terrified of Jude—the depth of their emotional connection is something new... (full context)
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...were split apart and made to roam the earth in search of their other half. Oscar asks Jude, in earnest, to embark on a relationship with him. Jude happily agrees, but... (full context)
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As Oscar continues looking around Jude’s room, he picks up a photograph of her with Noah and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...and urges her to leave immediately. Jude is confused—and is even more confused when both Oscar and Noah burst into the studio. As the four of them look at one another... (full context)
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Noah points at Guillermo and states that he killed Dianna. Oscar protests, asserting that no man has ever loved a woman as deeply as Guillermo loved... (full context)
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...cook, and she begins slicing a pepper when there is a knock at the door—and Oscar walks in. As Jude jumps nearly out of her skin, she is reminded of the... (full context)
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Jude follows Oscar out to the backyard, where they sit down together. He begins telling Jude that he... (full context)
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Oscar reveals that Dianna always thought Oscar and Jude were kindred spirits—but that she wouldn’t allow... (full context)
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Oscar tells Jude that he wants to be great friends with her, and promises to wait... (full context)