Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Jack is Molly’s boyfriend. His mother, Terry Gallant, is white and his father is Dominican. His parents weren’t married and his father left his mother to return to the Dominican Republic. Jack is intelligent, athletic, and optimistic. He feels responsible for Molly and tries to help her manage her life and stay out of trouble.

Jack Quotes in Orphan Train

The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Jack or refer to Jack. 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

Even after getting into trouble like this and probably getting sent away, she knows she’d never have asked Jack to buy the book. If there is one thing she hates most about being in the foster care system, it’s this dependence on people you barely know, your vulnerability to their whims. She has learned not to expect anything from anybody.

Related Characters: Molly Ayer, Jack
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:

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Why shouldn’t Vivian’s attic be filled with things that are meaningful to her? The stark truth is that she will die sooner than later […] So yes – Molly has begun to view her work at Vivian’s in a different light. Maybe it doesn’t matter how much gets done. Maybe the value is in the process – in touching each item, in naming and identifying, in acknowledging the significance of a cardigan, a pair of children’s boots.

Related Characters: Vivian Daly / Niamh Power / “Dorothy”, Jack
Related Symbols: The Attic / Boxes in the Attic
Page Number: 173
Explanation and Analysis:

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Jack Character Timeline in Orphan Train

The timeline below shows where the character Jack appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...aren’t met. Molly describes her own low expectations of others’ character and reliability. Her boyfriend, Jack, at first surprised her by seeing past her “goth persona” (which she created to appear... (full context)
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Molly describes Jack’s background: His Dominican father abandoned his white mother and returned to his country. His single... (full context)
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Jack calls. Molly nonchalantly tells him that when Dina found out Molly was arrested for stealing... (full context)
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Dina angrily calls for Molly to come out of her room, so she and Jack hang up. In the living room, Molly tells Ralph and Dina she has found a... (full context)
Chapter 2: Spruce Harbor Maine, 2011
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Jack drives Molly to meet Vivian Daly. Molly is surprised to see that Vivian lives in... (full context)
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Jack’s mother, Terry, greets Molly. Molly knows that Terry only agreed to arrange the service project... (full context)
Chapter 7: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Jack picks Molly up from Vivian’s house. When he asks her how the interview went, she... (full context)
Chapter 13: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Molly is with Jack in his car. She is sitting on his lap, facing him in the driver’s seat... (full context)
Chapter 19: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...house before to do plumbing work. As the conversation progresses, Molly reveals that Terry is Jack’s mother. Dina then realizes that Jack’s mother is the same Terry Gallant she went to... (full context)
Chapter 26: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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Jack and Molly are eating lunch outside at school. Lately Molly has been spending much more... (full context)
Chapter 38: Spruce Harbor, Maine 2011
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...outside her window. She goes downstairs to make tea and breakfast, and waits for Vivian. Jack calls. On the phone, she tells him that Ralph and Dina threw her out and... (full context)
Chapter 39: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...day, Vivian “announces” that she wants a computer. Molly helps her purchase one online and Jack sets up the internet. After watching video tutorials, Vivian sets up an email account. She... (full context)
Chapter 40: Spruce Harbor, Maine, 2011
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...has always “wondered who [she] was and why [she] gave [her] away.” Molly, Terry, and Jack excitedly help Vivian prepare the house for the visit. (full context)
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On the day of Sarah and her family’s arrival, Jack goes to pick them up from the airport. Sitting by the window, Molly thinks of... (full context)