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by

Stephen King

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Will Hanlon Character Analysis

Mike Hanlon’s father and Jessica Hanlon’s husband. Will owns one of two farms in Derry. The other is owned by Oscar “Butch” Bowers, who harasses Will and vandalizes his chicken coop. Of the two farms, Will’s is the more successful. His family lives in a nice white house on the property. Will comes from Burgaw, North Carolina, where he joined the army. He ends up in Derry as a result of being stationed at the Derry Army Air Corps Base there in the 1920s. Along with other black GIs, he starts the Black Spot—a speakeasy that they form with the army’s permission. The purpose is to provide the black soldiers with their own space to socialize, as the town fears black men frequenting speakeasies where white women are present. When white supremacists burn down the Black Spot in 1930, due to its success in attracting white patrons, Will and Dick Hallorann nearly die inside.

Will Hanlon Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Will Hanlon or refer to Will Hanlon . 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.
Derry: The Second Interlude Quotes

“It was most pop'lar in the big cities and the manufacturin areas. New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, Portsmouth—they all had their chapters. They tried to organize in Maine, but Derry was the only place they had any real success. Oh, for awhile there was a pretty good chapter in Lewiston—this was around the same time as the fire at the Black Spot—but they weren't worried about niggers raping white women or taking jobs that should have belonged to white men, because there weren't any niggers to speak of up here. In Lewiston they were worried about tramps and hobos and that something called ‘the bonus army’ would join up with something they called ‘the Communist riffraff army,’ by which they meant any man who was out of work. The Legion of Decency used to send these fellows out of town just as fast as they came in. Sometimes they stuffed poison ivy down the backs of their pants. Sometimes they set their shirts on fire.”

Related Characters: Will Hanlon (speaker), Mike Hanlon
Page Number: 452
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Chapter 13 Quotes

In Henry's ears, it was a constant litany: the nigger, the nigger, the nigger. Everything was the nigger's fault. The nigger had a nice white house with an upstairs and an oil furnace while Butch and his wife and his son lived in what was not much better than a tarpaper shack. When Butch couldn't make enough money farming and had to go to work in the woods for awhile, it was the nigger's fault. When their well went dry in 1956, it was the nigger's fault.

Related Characters: Will Hanlon , Henry Bowers
Page Number: 673
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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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Will Hanlon Character Timeline in It

The timeline below shows where the character Will Hanlon appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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Each April and May, the Hanlon farm becomes active again. Will Hanlon tries to get his old Ford, which he scrounged from the city dump, running again.... (full context)
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Will Hanlon leaves his son, Mike, notes about what chores to perform around the farm. On one... (full context)
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When Mike gets home, his father, Will Hanlon , is changing the plugs on the tractor. Mike explains his dusty appearance by saying... (full context)
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...example, Carson notes, of how the Chamber of Commerce tries to rewrite history. Mike’s father, Will Hanlon , was stationed there in 1930 and has told his son the story. (full context)
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Will Hanlon talks about going back to Derry from a three-day pass in Boston. It is the... (full context)
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Will Hanlon digs for about two hours and is soon in a hole up to his chin.... (full context)
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Will Hanlon tells his son, Mike, this story in 1958, when Will is around fifty and his... (full context)
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Will Hanlon goes to the courthouse where the army recruiter is and asks about joining up. When... (full context)
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Will Hanlon concludes that the North and South are pretty much the same. The fire at the... (full context)
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Will Hanlon thinks that the White Legion of Decency was merely another seed of evil that found... (full context)
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...graduated from high school in 1965, but he still feels the pangs of the loss. Will Hanlon left the army in 1937 with a disability pension. With the money, he was able... (full context)
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Will Hanlon admits that he and Jessica had some problems at first from people who were hostile... (full context)
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Sheriff Sullivan informs Butch Bowers that Will Hanlon does not want to press charges and only wants two hundred dollars to cover the... (full context)
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Will Hanlon cuts Butch Bowers off on Witcham Street by the trainyards and takes out his Winchester... (full context)
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...the burning of the Black Spot. He hears the final story about six weeks before Will Hanlon dies. Mike goes to visit him every day in the hospital, every afternoon after school.... (full context)
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Will Hanlon tells Mike that when he was at the army base in Derry from 1929 to... (full context)
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Lumbermen were the main customers in these dives and Will Hanlon insists that they did not mind the presence of black men. If they had, they... (full context)
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...They bring in their own booze in brown paper bags—fine liquor. The black soldiers, who Will Hanlon recalls as “young and proud of what [they’d] done” underestimate how bad things can get. (full context)
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...an end to things themselves. It is a Saturday night and the place is “jumping.” Will Hanlon estimates that there were two or three hundred people there. Six or eight white men... (full context)
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...Legion gather in the back of the Black Spot. They douse their torches with gas. Will Hanlon wants to believe that they panicked when their torches blazed from the gas and threw... (full context)
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...cook opens the door and gets torched—losing his mess jacket and most of his hair. Will Hanlon thinks that the gas stove has exploded. As he stands, he is knocked down by... (full context)
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As Will Hanlon escapes, he can smell people burning inside. When Will scrambles to his feet after escaping... (full context)
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...father to reveal the thing he saw nearby—the thing he does not want to mention. Will Hanlon recalls seeing a giant bird that grabbed up one of the men in sheets. The... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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...“Butch” Bowers, who associates the Hanlons with all of his failures. He tells Henry that Will Hanlon lied about Butch killing his chickens to get insurance money. Butch tells his son that... (full context)
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All Henry Bowers hears from his father is how everything is Will Hanlon ’s fault. When the Bowers family becomes poor in 1956, Henry is ten years old.... (full context)
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...leaving. Mike goes home, weeping. When he arrives, his mother, Jessica, is furious. She wants Will Hanlon to call Chief Borton and send him to the Hanlon house before sundown. Will listens... (full context)
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The following day, Will Hanlon calls Mike out to the barn and warns him to stay out of Henry’s way.... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Smoke-Hole
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...the bird at the Ironworks. Mike also reminds the others of how the photo from Will Hanlon ’s album had moved. Richie feels an exhilarating energy in the room and thinks of... (full context)
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...of the smoke-hole. He remembers that it occurred four or five days after Mike brought Will Hanlon ’s photo album down to the Barrens. The clubhouse is done by this time. Ben... (full context)