No-No Boy

Mr. Carrick Character Analysis

An engineer who offers Ichiro a job as his company. Mr. Carrick is a white man who feels incredible guilt and shame regarding the United States’ treatment of its Japanese citizens. Although Ichiro turns down Mr. Carrick’s offer, the knowledge that there are decent people out there free from prejudice inspires and motivates Ichiro to continue looking for work.

Mr. Carrick Quotes in No-No Boy

The No-No Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Carrick or refer to Mr. Carrick. 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 University of Washington Press edition of No-No Boy published in 1976.
Chapter 7 Quotes

…As he thought about Mr. Carrick and their conversation time and time again, its meaning for him evolved into a singularly comforting thought. There was someone who cared. Surely there were others too who understood the suffering of the small and the weak and, yes, even the seemingly treasonous, and offered a way back into the great compassionate stream of life that is America. Under the hard, tough cloak of the struggle for existence in which money and enormous white refrigerators and shining, massive, brutally-fast cars and fine, expensive clothing had ostensibly overwhelmed the qualities of men that were good and gentle and just, there still beat a heart of kindness and patience and forgiveness.

Related Characters: Ichiro Yamada (speaker), Kenji Kanno, Mr. Carrick
Page Number: 137
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Where is the place that they talk of and paint nice pictures of and describe in all the homey magazines? Where is that place with the clean, white cottages surrounding the new, red-brick church with the clean, white steeple, where the families all have two children, one boy and one girl, and a shiny new car in the garage and a dog and a cat and life is like living in the land of the happily-ever-after? Surely it must be around here someplace, someplace in America. Or is it just that it’s not for me? Maybe I dealt myself out, but what about that young kid on Burnside who was in the army and found it wasn’t enough so that he has to keep proving to everyone who comes in for a cup of coffee that he was fighting for his country like the button on his shirt says he did because the army didn’t do anything about his face to make him look more American? … Even Mr. Carrick. Why isn’t he in? Why is he on the outside squandering his goodness on outcasts like me? Maybe the answer is that there is no in. Maybe the whole damned country is pushing and shoving and screaming to get into someplace that doesn’t exist, because they don’t know that the outside could be the inside if only they would stop all this pushing and shoving and screaming, and they haven’t got enough sense to realize that.

Related Characters: Ichiro Yamada (speaker), Mr. Carrick
Related Symbols: Discharge Pin
Page Number: 142
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Chapter 9 Quotes

He was enjoying it and he felt that Emi was too. This is the way it ought to be, he thought to himself, to be able to dance with a girl you like and really get a kick out of it because everything is on an even keel and one’s worries are only the usual ones of unpaid bills and sickness in the family and being late to work too often. Why can’t it be that way for me? Nobody’s looking twice at us… Everything’s the same, just as it used to be. No bad feelings except for those that have always existed and probably always will. It’s a matter of attitude. Mine needs changing. I’ve got to love the world the way I used to. I’ve got to love it and the people so I’ll feel good, and feeling good will make life worth while. There’s no point in crying about what’s done. There’s a place for me and Emi and Freddie here on the dance floor and out there in the hustle of things if we’ll let it be that way. I’ve been fighting it and hating it and letting my bitterness against myself and Ma and Pa and even Taro throw the whole universe out of perspective. I want only to go on living and be happy. I’ve only to let myself do so.

Page Number: 186
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Ichiro put a hand on Bull’s shoulder, sharing the empty sorrow in the hulking body, feeling the terrible loneliness of the distressed wails, and saying nothing. He gave the shoulder a tender squeeze, patted the head once tenderly, and began to walk slowly down the alley away from the brightness of the club and the morbidity of the crowd. He wanted to think about Ken and Freddie and Mr. Carrick and the man who had bought the drinks for him and Emi, about the Negro who stood up for Gary, and about Bull, who was an infant crying in the darkness. A glimmer of hope—was that it? It was there, someplace. He couldn’t see it to put it into words, but the feeling was pretty strong.

He walked along, thinking, searching, thinking and probing, and, in the darkness of the alley of the community that was a tiny bit of America, he chased that faint and elusive insinuation of promise as it continued to take shape in mind and in heart.

Related Characters: Ichiro Yamada (speaker), Kenji Kanno, Freddie Akimoto, Gary, Emi, Mr. Carrick, Bull
Page Number: 221
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Mr. Carrick Character Timeline in No-No Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Carrick appears in No-No Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...He drives to the office of Carrick and Sons, and waits in the lobby for Mr. Carrick to see him. Eventually, the receptionist leads him down to the basement, where Mr. Carrick... (full context)
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Mr. Carrick tells Ichiro that he thinks the government made a mistake interning its Japanese citizens. Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. Carrick asks Ichiro when he wants to start. He offers him $265 a month, $300 after... (full context)
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Ichiro decides to come clean. He stands to leave and tells Mr. Carrick he’s not a veteran. Mr. Carrick doesn’t understand at first, but when Ichiro explains that... (full context)
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Ichiro and Mr. Carrick shake hands and then Ichiro leaves. Although he does not expect to take the job,... (full context)
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...he had begun to lose it.” Ichiro decides not to take the job, but writes Mr. Carrick a thank-you note on hotel stationary, trying to explain how important Mr. Carrick’s kindness was,... (full context)
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...Tokyo, he recognizes these men are also “on the outside looking in.” Ichiro recognizes that Mr. Carrick is also on the outside. (full context)
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Ichiro tells Emi about Mr. Carrick ’s job offer. Emi notes that Mr. Carrick “sounds like the kind of American that... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...He believes he will never see Kenji or Emi ever again. He misses them and Mr. Carrick already, three people who had been kind to him and had not cared about his... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...is happy to offer Ichiro a job for $35 a week. Ichiro thinks back to Mr. Carrick ’s offer of $260 a month, and says he will consider it. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...he might be able to have a happy future, thanks to the help of Emi, Mr. Carrick, Kenji, and even his parents, Mr. Yamada and Mrs. Yamada. Ichiro asks his friend if... (full context)
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Ichiro thinks about Kenji, Freddie, Mr. Carrick, Emi, and Birdie. In the crowd drawn out of the nightclub by the car crash... (full context)