Little Fires Everywhere

by

Celeste Ng

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Trip Richardson Character Analysis

A junior in high school and an athlete, Trip is “roguish” and good-looking, and quickly becomes the object of Pearl’s affections. Though at first it seems as if Trip could just be using Pearl, he develops real romantic feelings for her and reveals himself to be more sensitive than he first appears. He and Pearl embark on a sexual relationship, often sneaking off to Trip’s friend Tim’s basement.

Trip Richardson Quotes in Little Fires Everywhere

The Little Fires Everywhere quotes below are all either spoken by Trip Richardson or refer to Trip Richardson. 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 Penguin Books edition of Little Fires Everywhere published in 2017.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“You see now,” Moody said. “What they’re like.”

Page Number: 64
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Trip Richardson Character Timeline in Little Fires Everywhere

The timeline below shows where the character Trip Richardson appears in Little Fires Everywhere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...gotten custody or if she should’ve been given back to her own mother.” Lexie’s brother Trip had been playing basketball, and by the time he drove home and noticed the flames... (full context)
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...all stay in a hotel, which “the insurance” or “the adults” will probably pay for. Trip laughs, thinking about the “nutcase” Izzy starting fires, and Moody wonders why his siblings are... (full context)
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...the sudden departure of Mia and Pearl Warren. As Mr. Richardson approaches in his BMW, Trip predicts that their parents will institutionalize Izzy when they find her. Moody is unsure that... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...not notice this, as “dazzled” as she is by the other Richardsons, including the handsome Trip. She spends whole days at the Richardson house, on Moody’s invitation. She is impressed by... (full context)
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...and with great fascination, as if it is “a psychological study” or “anthropology.” Lexie and Trip joke that their younger sister Izzy, who doesn’t enjoy watching the show, will soon be... (full context)
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...Pearl’s father is dead or alive, an old boyfriend of her mother’s or a “rap[ist.]” Trip attempts to silence Lexie, but Lexie insists she was only joking. Pearl realizes that her... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Trip also begins to talk to Pearl more and more, much to her delight and embarrassment.... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...along. Pearl is hesitant, never having been to a high school party before, but when Trip tells her that he will be there as well, she is convinced. The party is... (full context)
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...schoolers “dry hump[ing]” in dark corners and doing body shots off of one another’s stomachs. Trip is there, dressed as a devil, and Serena explains that Stacie thinks Trip is “fine.”... (full context)
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...time in Lexie’s car, while Pearl waits alone in the kitchen for any sign of Trip. When she’s unable to find him, Lexie, or Serena, she calls Moody from the Perry... (full context)
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...mother’s car to pick Pearl up. He is disappointed in her behavior, tells her that Trip couldn’t help her home because he was probably having sex with someone. Moody asks Pearl... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...rent. Pearl is particularly upset to have her mother hovering over her burgeoning flirtation with Trip. Mr. Richardson finds the arrangement “awkward” as well, though he talks to Mia about how... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...“exact reverse,” accompanying Moody home to lounge in the living room with him, Lexie, and Trip. Pearl is “grateful” to Izzy for absorbing her mother’s attention, and happy to not be... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...married that she wanted to have a large family, and he agreed. After having Lexie, Trip, and Moody, Mrs. Richardson pushed for one more, and Mr. Richardson again agreed. After a... (full context)
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Moody and Trip remark on Lexie’s obsession with the baby. Moody teases Trip about the “dozens of girls”... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Pearl arrives at the Richardson household one afternoon to find it empty except for Trip. She is excited to be alone in the house with him: anything, she thinks, might... (full context)
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...eating, Pearl goes to her bedroom to “mull” over her afternoon and what her and Trip’s status might be. The following morning, when Moody arrives at the house on Winslow to... (full context)
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Pearl feigns normalcy throughout the school day, both excited and afraid to run into Trip in the hallway. After school, Pearl tells Lexie and Moody that she isn’t feeling well,... (full context)
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...her outside the science wing at school for their walk home together. However, as soon Trip opens the door and takes her hand, she forgets her worries. After the two have... (full context)
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Tim Michaels hounds Trip to tell him who the new “mystery” girl is as Trip sneaks off every day... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...She uses that confidence, even once the shirts are switched back days later, to invite Trip over to her house after school one afternoon while her mother works an extra shift... (full context)
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...at home. Moody becomes suspicious, and rides his bike over to Pearl’s house. He sees Trip’s car parked on the street, and then spots him and Pearl leaving the house together,... (full context)
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...cruel, and tells Pearl that she is a “slut” who is only being used by Trip. Angry and hurt, Pearl tells Moody that she was the one who seduced Trip, and... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...it. Pearl does not learn the news until she arrives home from her afternoon with Trip to find Bebe still at her kitchen table. Pearl retreats to her room, and Mia... (full context)
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...“the baby,” Moody is at first confused, and then tells her snidely that Pearl and Trip are the ones who are “screwing.” In the room next door, Izzy sits in stunned... (full context)
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...children.” She wonders over and over what she should do. Rather than confront Pearl or Trip, she leaves work and drives to the house on Winslow to confront Mia instead. Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...afternoon, as Pearl settles in for seventh period, she thinks of her plans to meet Trip after school, and to meet Lexie for a movie after that. She is sad about... (full context)
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...has said about her, and of the fact that Mrs. Richardson knows about her and Trip. Izzy can tell something is wrong with Mia, but isn’t sure what. Mia decides to... (full context)
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When Izzy returns home, she finds the house empty. Moody and Trip were home earlier; they fought over Pearl verbally and then physically. Trip left for a... (full context)
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...Izzy chastises Moody for having thrown Pearl under the bus by revealing her relationship with Trip. Moody tells her that Pearl deserved it for “sneaking around with Trip.” Izzy tells Moody... (full context)
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...has nearly emptied out. Mr. Richardson has gone to the office, Lexie is at Serena’s, Trip has gone to play basketball, and Moody has gone to Pearl’s house to apologize. Izzy... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...has been modified to feature part of the pink discharge slip from the abortion clinic. Trip’s photo features a hockey chest pad poked through with holes—small “curling leaves” have started to... (full context)