Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard Character Analysis

Dutchy is Vivian/Niamh’s true love. He is born in New York in the late 1910s to German parents. After escaping his abusive father to live on the streets as a shoe-shiner, Dutchy is taken in by the Children’s Aid Society. They send him out on the orphan train, where he befriends Niamh. He grows up in Minnesota, moving between adoptive families. He and Vivian/Niamh fall in love and marry after reuniting as adults. As an adult, he works as a musician and music teacher. He dies during battle in World War II. Dutchy is smart, impulsive, creative, and passionate.

Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard Quotes in Orphan Train

The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard or refer to Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard. 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 William Morrow edition of Orphan Train published in 2013.
Chapter 1 Quotes

We both start laughing – at the absurdity of our shared experiences, the relief of recognition. We cling to each other like survivors of a shipwreck, astonished that neither of us drowned.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard
Page Number: 230
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Lying in that hospital bed I feel all of it: the terrible weight of sorrow, the crumbling of my dreams. I sob uncontrollably for all that I’ve lost – the love of my life, my family, a future I’d dared to envision. And in that moment I make a decision. I can’t go through this again. I can’t give myself to someone so completely only to lose them. I don’t want, ever again, to experience the loss of someone I love beyond reason.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy” (speaker), Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard, Sarah Dunnell/ “May”
Page Number: 246-247
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard Character Timeline in Orphan Train

The timeline below shows where the character Dutchy / Hans / Luke Maynard appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Union Station, Chicago, 1929
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Niamh explains how she, Carmine, and the boy –Hans, nicknamed Dutchy – become an “odd little family.” She learns that Dutchy was born to German parents,... (full context)
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On the platform waiting for the next train in Chicago, Niamh sees Dutchy disappear up a stairwell. He beckons for her to join him. In the upstairs terminal,... (full context)
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On the train out of Chicago, Mrs. Scatcherd “half-heartedly” whacks Dutchy’s knuckles. Niamh knows there is little else Mrs. Scatcherd can do to punish Dutchy that... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Milwaukee Train, 1929
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...trouble sleeping, kept awake by Carmine’s restless cries and her own anxiety. When she thinks Dutchy is sleeping, she combs out her hair before putting it back into a ponytail. Dutchy... (full context)
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...as they behave and present themselves well, she says, they each have a good chance. Dutchy whispers to Niamh that she will be okay, but not him. She tells him he... (full context)
Chapter 10: Milwaukee Road Depot, Minneapolis, 1929
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...considers how “strange” it feels to be in a place her parents “will never see.” Dutchy tells Niamh they are being “auctioned” like pigs. Mrs. Scatcherd asks the children to form... (full context)
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...chosen. A gruff-looking farmer and his wife come onto the stage, and the man pokes Dutchy’s muscles and forces Dutchy to let him inspect his mouth. He and his wife decide... (full context)
Chapter 24: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
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...wishes she had seen “what was in front of [her]” and been more distrusting, like Dutchy was. Exhausted, she arrives at the schoolhouse after walking four miles over several hours. She... (full context)
Chapter 31: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1935-1939
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...boy who’d rode in on an orphan train a couple years before. Niamh thinks of Dutchy. (full context)
Chapter 34: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1939
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...His gazes “makes [her] blush.” He calls her Niamh, and she suddenly realizes it is Dutchy. (full context)
Chapter 35: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1939
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Dutchy hugs Vivian, holding her “tighter than anyone has ever held [her].” He tells her that... (full context)
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Vivian and Dutchy hold hands as they walk onto the streets. At Vivian’s hotel, Dutchy bribes the clerk... (full context)
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...Hemingford the next day, Vivian resists Lillian’s prodding questions and lies about how she knows Dutchy. She tells her it doesn’t matter because “it’s not like [she’s] going to marry him... (full context)
Chapter 36: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1940-1943
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Vivian calls Dutchy “Luke” in the company of other people, but “Dutchy” when they are alone. He calls... (full context)
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...the army. Business changes and signs everywhere encourage people to make “sacrifices” for their country. Dutchy shamelessly maintains, “they’ll have to come for me”—but when the draft begins, Dutchy is called.... (full context)
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...and Emily keep her company with movies and tea. She gets letters of condolence and Dutchy’s personal items from Jim Daly, Dutchy’s shipmate. It “will be years before” she puts the... (full context)
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...Mrs. Nielsen takes her to the hospital. During her difficult delivery, Vivian finally weeps for Dutchy. She “learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable” and she weeps... (full context)
Chapter 37: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...just finished telling Molly about her baby, May. They are going through a trunk with Dutchy’s possessions and the baby blanket Vivian made during her pregnancy. “Oh, Vivian, you gave her... (full context)