It

It

by

Stephen King

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George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” Character Analysis

Bill Denbrough’s six-year-old younger brother and the youngest son of Zack and Sharon Denbrough. George, often called “Georgie,” has a fear of the dark and last sees Bill when his older brother helps him make a paper boat that George takes out into the rain. George is last seen wearing a yellow slicker and red galoshes. When his paper boat goes into a sewer drain, he reaches in to get it and has his arm pulled out of its socket by Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The boy dies instantly. Dave Gardener discovers George’s body, wraps him in a quilt, and takes him back to the Denbrough house. George’s parents remain distraught after his death, causing them to ignore Bill. Later, George appears to Bill as one of the many shapes that It takes to terrorize Bill. While looking at George’s photograph album, Bill comes across a picture of George that becomes animated and winks at him.

George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” or refer to George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” . 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 Scribner edition of It published in 2017.
Chapter 14 Quotes

He saw the gratitude in their eyes and felt a measure of gladness for them…but their gratitude did little to heal his own horror. In fact, there was something in their gratitude which made him want to hate them. Would he never be able to express his own terror […]? Because in some measure at least he was using them […] And was even that the bottom? No, because George was dead, and if revenge could be exacted at all, Bill suspected it could only be exacted on behalf of the living. And what did that make him? A selfish little shit waving a tin sword and trying to make himself look like King Arthur? Oh Christ, he groaned to himself, if this is the stuff adults have to think about I never want to grow up. His resolve was still strong, but it was bitter resolve. Bitter.

Page Number: 742
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George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” Character Timeline in It

The timeline below shows where the character George Elmer Denbrough / “Georgie” appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: After the Flood
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...small boy in a yellow slicker and red galoshes trails after the boat. He is George Denbrough—a six-year-old with a ten-year-old older brother, Bill Denbrough, known at Derry Elementary School as... (full context)
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George splashes along in the water that carries his paper boat “from one side of Witcham... (full context)
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The scene flashes back to the moments before George leaves the house to go play. Bill is sitting up in bed and has just... (full context)
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George goes to switch on the light and remembers that the power is out. He wonders... (full context)
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While George gets the matches and knife from the kitchen and the bowl from the Welsh dresser... (full context)
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George watches as Bill uses the knife to cut off a cube of paraffin wax. Bill... (full context)
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Bill and George dip their fingers into the melted but cooling wax and smear it around the sides... (full context)
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George chases his paper boat down Witcham Street. He watches with concern as his boat heads... (full context)
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George thinks that the eyes belong to an animal, perhaps a housecat that got stuck in... (full context)
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The clown offers to give George both his paper boat and a balloon, but George is reluctant to take it due... (full context)
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George asks Pennywise how he ended up in the sewers. The clown explains that he, and... (full context)
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Pennywise again asks George if he would like to have his paper boat. The clown holds it up, smiling.... (full context)
Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...about in years: the house on Neibolt Street, the sewers, and Bill Denbrough’s dead brother, George. The onrush of these memories causes Richie to vomit, and afterward he feels cleansed. He... (full context)
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...feels invisible while Beverly recalls her childhood in Derry and tells him who Bill and George Denbrough are. (full context)
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...recalls stories he has told her about his past, about how he lost his brother, George, and how he later worked his way through university. She recalls how they met when... (full context)
Derry: The First Interlude
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...is “feeding on Derry.” What happened to Mellon seems so much like what happened to George Denbrough. He thinks about calling his old friends, but he hesitates, wanting to be sure... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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...to the Barrens, Bill thinks about the recent murders and how some people believe that George Denbrough’s murder is unrelated to them. Bill, however, believes that everyone has been killed by... (full context)
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...presence at all. Bill flees the living room and goes to cry into his pillow. George’s room has remained the same since the day he died. Once, Zack tries to remove... (full context)
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On the first night of summer vacation, Bill goes into George’s room. He, too, misses George—his voice, his laughter. On this night after meeting Ben Hanscom,... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...soil and stones. While the boys relax, Bill tells them about the winking photo of George. (full context)
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Richie is stunned by Bill’s story about the winking picture of George. Eddie is then prompted to share his own story about 29 Neibolt Street. Ben then... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...Richie has the idea that the boys should go to Bill’s house and look around George’s old room. Bill explains the moving picture as a ghost in the photo. Richie considers... (full context)
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Richie insists that they go to George’s room. A clue may exist there about who has been killing all of the kids... (full context)
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...well as pictures of Derry in yesteryears. Bill takes the book and starts looking for George’s picture. When he stops, the pages start to turn by themselves. They come across an... (full context)
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Bill and Richie leave George’s room. Sharon Denbrough calls up from the foot of the stairs and asks if the... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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...was one of the investigating officers. This triggers in Bill the memory of his brother George’s death. Mike then mentions a boy found mutilated in the park. Eddie asks how many... (full context)
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...not remember. Mike says, “Then God help us all.” He then takes a photograph of George Denbrough out of a notebook. It is the old school photo from George’s album. Mike... (full context)
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...that, if another body were discovered, he would place the six calls. He says that George Denbrough’s picture was found “by a fallen log less than ten feet from the Torrio... (full context)
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...strength of a promise that most of them barely remember. Bill thinks of his brother, George, and feels the same old rage within himself. He raises his hand slowly and says... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...not see Pennywise, but he does see a ghost. He walks up Witcham Street, where George died, and hears a voice. Bill tells the voice to come out or they—he and... (full context)
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...home. The boy assures him that he is very close to home. Bill remembers that George was close to home, too. The kid pushes off on his skateboard and leaves. (full context)
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...rethinks wanting to know the answers to these questions. The house became so cold after Georgie died. He goes to the corner and turns right. Soon, he is on Kansas Street,... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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...remembers the album performing the same trick that he and Bill saw when looking through George Denbrough’s old album. Ben then says that he remembers what happened to the extra silver... (full context)
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...recognizes It. Richie alerts Bill to the same image that they saw in his brother George’s room. The parade wiggles toward the Losers’ Club. The clown prances along the sidelines, doing... (full context)
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...in a way, using the others to get back at It for killing his brother, George. There is an element of bitter selfishness in it that makes him wonder if this... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...toward the fridge and threatens to kill Pennywise, screaming about how It murdered his brother, George. Bill kicks wildly at the heap of pompoms that have come out of the refrigerator.... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...people. Bill takes the lead and takes them to the dark place where his brother George’s boat disappeared many years before. (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...comes on the radio announcing the “Richie Tozier All-Dead Rock Show.” Suddenly, the voice of George Denbrough comes on. Bill’s brother wails about how Bill sent him out for It to... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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In 1985, Bill holds up a match and sees the body of his brother, George, whose face is as white as cheese. His eyes are silver. George’s teeth gnash together... (full context)
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George tells Bill that they can look for his paper boat together. George says that it... (full context)
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...escapes from him. He cries out again that he is sorry about what happened to George. His friends surround him to comfort him. (full context)
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Bill tells the others to stay back, and curses It for killing his brother, George. It rears up over Bill and buries him in Its shadow. Ben looks into Its... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Ritual of Chüd
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...why he has come to It. Bill says that he is there because It killed George Denbrough. Bill is now going to kill It, which announces Itself as “the Eater of... (full context)
Chapter 23: Out
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...any moment. Bill recognizes her as the woman whose sister would sometimes babysit him and George. He raises a hand to show that he is okay, and she raises one in... (full context)