Past the Shallows

by

Favel Parrett

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Harry Curren Character Analysis

The youngest of the three Curren brothers. Harry is a sweet, innocent little boy who is neglected after the death of the boys’ Mum and left alone for the majority of the day while Dad and Miles work on the fishing boat. Although Harry is terribly mistreated by Dad, he is unusually thoughtful and selfless for a child his age, preferring to spend his money on his friends and brothers rather than himself and taking care of Miles when he is ill. While he is younger and smaller than Miles, he often risks his own safety trying to defend his older brother from Dad’s abuse. Even Aunty Jean, who has a strained relationship with the Curren family, seems to adore Harry and is moved to tears by his kind spirit, which reminds Jean of her late sister. Unlike Miles and Joe, who love to surf, Harry is terrified of the water and avoids going out on the family’s boat because he is prone to seasickness. Although Harry is generally very sensitive and skittish, he is inherently curious and loves to explore nature and collect “treasures” on the beach. He shares a deep connection with animals that leads him to meet George Fuller’s dog Jake in the woods, follow him to George’s shack, and gradually befriend the lonely old man. Harry forms a close relationship with George, who becomes a warm paternal figure in the little boy’s life. It is eventually revealed that Harry is likely the biological son of Uncle Nick rather than Dad, a fact that tortures Dad and ultimately leads him to throw Harry overboard from the fishing boat in the midst of a bitterly cold winter storm. Harry drowns in the ocean despite Miles’s attempts to save him, and the loss of their beloved little brother devastates Miles and Joe.

Harry Curren Quotes in Past the Shallows

The Past the Shallows quotes below are all either spoken by Harry Curren or refer to Harry Curren. 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 Washington Square Press edition of Past the Shallows published in 2011.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Water that was always there. Always everywhere. The sound and the smell and the cold waves making Harry different. And it wasn’t just because he was the youngest. He knew the way he felt about the ocean would never leave him now. It would be there always, right inside him.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 3
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Harry picked up an abalone shell, the edges loose and dusty in his hands. And every cell in his body stopped. Felt it. This place. Felt the people who had been here before, breathing and standing live where he stood. People who were dead now. Long gone. And Harry understood it, right down in his guts, that time ran on forever and that one day he would die.

Page Number: 5
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Chapter 5 Quotes

He used to feel sorry for the abs when he was young. The way they pulsed and moved in the tubs, sensing the bright light and heat. But he couldn’t think about them like that now. He was only careful not to cut or bruise them, because once abs started to bleed, they kept on bleeding until all the liquid inside was gone. They just dried up and died.

Page Number: 30-31
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Chapter 7 Quotes

And if you didn’t know better, you’d think that no one lived here anymore. That all these places were abandoned. But people were in there somewhere, hidden and burrowed in. They were there.

Page Number: 41
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“What am I meant to do? What am I meant to do?”

And he heard her voice rise up, familiar tears.

“I grew up in that house, Miles. Don’t I deserve something?”

Related Characters: Aunty Jean (speaker), Harry Curren, Miles Curren, Joe Curren, Mum, Granddad
Page Number: 78
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Chapter 14 Quotes

But Harry stayed where he was. He stayed among the piles of Granddad’s things left on the lawn—all the things that were no longer needed, no longer useful—and he wished that Joe would stay.

Page Number: 85
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Maybe that’s why Joe and Miles liked it so much. And he knew that Granddad would have taken him. It was just that he was too little, too small to go, when Granddad had been alive. And if Granddad hadn’t died then he definitely would have taken Harry fishing, too. And it would have been good, like this was.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 24 Quotes

Then they heard Dad yelling from inside. Yelling at them, at everyone. Yelling at no one. And Miles could hear the words. They came through the brown walls, through the air, and cracked open the night: “I never wanted you.”

Page Number: 135
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Chapter 27 Quotes

And it nearly made Harry cry now, the way Miles’s eyelid was all purple and cut—the bruise on the side of his face coming up bad. Harry put his hand in his pocket and felt for the sock that held his leftover money. He pulled it out.

“You should take this,” he said. “You might need it.”

Miles shook his head. “You keep it,” he said and he tried to smile.

Page Number: 152-153
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…Harry didn’t see him come back. There was just the backpack with some clothes left by the door of the trailer and inside, near the top, were some chocolates and the bright orange dart gun from his Bertie Beetle goodie bag.

Page Number: 153
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Chapter 31 Quotes

Harry leaned his head back against the chair and thought that if Miles got lost, if Miles never came home, Harry’s insides would go wrong and they might never come right again. If Miles got lost.

Related Characters: Harry Curren, Miles Curren, George Fuller, Mum
Page Number: 173
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Chapter 35 Quotes

…he looked so young and small, like no time had ever passed by since he was the baby in the room and Joe had told Miles to be nice to him and help Mum out. And Miles had thought he wouldn’t like it. But Harry had a way about him. A way that made you promise to take care of him.

Page Number: 187
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Chapter 36 Quotes

He just kept starting at Harry. And his hand moved away from Harry’s hair, moved down to the string around his neck. And he cupped it in his palm—a white pointer’s tooth.

“It’s his,” he said, and his face went pale. “His.”

He let the tooth go. He stared down at Harry.

“She was leaving, because of him. Because of you.”

Related Characters: Dad/Steven Curren (speaker), Harry Curren, Miles Curren, Uncle Nick, Mum, Jeff
Related Symbols: Water, The Shark Tooth
Page Number: 198
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Chapter 37 Quotes

But ultimately it wasn’t up to you. This ocean could hold you down for as long as it liked, and Miles knew it.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 204-205
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There was a black emptiness inside him and it was all that he could see. He tried to imagine a fire in the darkness, and at first it was just one blue flame too small to feel. But he willed it on, felt the first flicker of warmth as it grew. Then it raged, turned into a ball of fire, orange and red and hungry. It devoured his stomach, moved up to his lungs, his back. Moved into his heart. He shared it with Harry through his skin.

Related Symbols: Water, Light
Page Number: 208
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Chapter 39 Quotes

He had been drifting for a lifetime and his mind had lost its way. It was dissolving and he had forgotten about Harry, forgotten about all the things that came before. There was only this vastness, the swing of a giant pendulum—water receding then flooding back. And he was part of it. Part of the deep water, part of the waves. Part of the rocks and reefs along the shore.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 41 Quotes

He listened to Joe talk about all the places they would go, the tropical islands and clear warm water, the big bright lights of new cities. The free open space of ocean. And he knew that Joe was going to take him with him, now. Wherever he went. He leaned his head down against his brother’s shoulder. And he let himself cry.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 224-225
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Chapter 42 Quotes

Miles let the rip that ran with the bluff carry him. He enjoyed the ride, felt his hands slipping through the cool water, body floating free. And there was this feeling in him like when it had all just been for fun, the water.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 228
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Chapter 43 Quotes

And Miles loved that light.

It made the dark water sparkle, turned the white spray golden—made the ocean a giant mirror reflecting the sky. Even the leaves on the crack wattle shone in the light.

It made everything come to life.

Related Symbols: Water, Light
Page Number: 233
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Out past the shallows, past the sandy-bottomed bays, comes the dark water—black and cold and roaring. Rolling out an invisible path, a new line for them to follow.

To somewhere warm.

To somewhere new.

Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 238
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Harry Curren Character Timeline in Past the Shallows

The timeline below shows where the character Harry Curren appears in Past the Shallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Joe, Miles, and Harry Curren are brothers living in a remote fishing town on Bruny Island off the southeastern... (full context)
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As he runs along the shoreline, Harry observes a cormorant bird gliding close to the water’s surface, noticing the peculiarity of seeing... (full context)
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Picking up an abalone shell, Harry experiences a sudden awareness of Bruny Island’s rich history and of his own mortality, reflecting... (full context)
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Back at the beach, Harry waits for his older brothers to come back in from surfing. Joe returns to shore... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The brothers’ Aunty Jean takes Harry to a boat race festival, although Harry wishes that Joe would take him instead. The... (full context)
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Harry longs to go on a ride called the Gee Whizzer but knows that Aunty Jean... (full context)
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After Harry takes the money, he fantasizes about the goodie bags he will spend it on as... (full context)
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On the way back to the wood-chopping competition, Harry stops by an animal show and sees a Best in Show display of a mother... (full context)
Chapter 4
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After the boat races, Harry and Aunty Jean go out to lunch in Fern Tree. Harry offers to pay for... (full context)
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Harry is ecstatic to give Miles the goodie bag from the fair, but Miles warns him... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Harry sneaks out of the house to give his friend Stuart the goodie bag he had... (full context)
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On his way back, Harry finds a dead bandicoot along the side of the road and wonders if he should... (full context)
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Harry entices the puppy to play fetch and begins to chase it as it runs into... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...Joe agrees but assures Miles that Aunty Jean will set aside money for him and Harry. (full context)
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...to leave Bruny Island, Miles decides not to confide in his brother about his and Harry’s troubled home life or the bad conditions of working on the fishing boat. Instead, he... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...of work on the fishing boat. Noticing his dark circles and puffy eyes, a concerned Harry asks Miles if he is sick in hopes that his brother will stay home so... (full context)
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 Miles ignores Harry and heads out with Dad, still coughing. After Miles leaves, Harry is unable to fall... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Harry goes looking for the puppy he met on the road near George Fuller’s house. He... (full context)
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The puppy leads Harry to George, who tells him that the dog’s name is Jake and that he is... (full context)
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George tells Harry that he found Jake abandoned and nearly dead on the road near the house of... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Harry is worried about Miles, who looks tired and is coughing “all the time.” Although Aunty... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Miles and Harry visit Aunty Jean, whose house is completely white and pristine. Miles is frustrated as Harry... (full context)
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As Aunty Jean cuts Harry’s hair, Miles thinks about how she is “like an old lady” and nothing like Mum,... (full context)
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...at how they both look like “freshly shorn sheep.” Unlike Aunty Jean, Mum had believed Harry’s distinctive curly hair was lucky and never cut it short. Miles remembers that Dad had... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Miles and Harry help Joe clean out the shed at Granddad’s house. The “keep” pile of things grows... (full context)
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Inside the shed, Harry finds Miles sitting on the detached backseat from Mum’s wrecked car. Although Harry was young... (full context)
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Overwhelmed by the discovery, Joe suggests that they should take a break and have lunch. Harry asks what they should do with the remnants of Mum’s car, knowing that Miles will... (full context)
Chapter 15
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The brothers continue the process of cleaning out Granddad’s shed and Harry rides along with Joe to take a load of junk to the dump. As they... (full context)
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On the way to the dump, Joe senses that Harry is upset and assures him that he will be coming back to Bruny Island after... (full context)
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Instead, Harry suggests to Joe that Granddad may have kept Mum’s car because “he thought he might... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...has come loose from the impact of Gary’s head. Joe returns from the dump with Harry and asks what happened to Miles’s face, not believing his brother’s lie that he fell.... (full context)
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...condition and that a sudden heart attack caused her to lose control of the car. Harry overhears this argument, but Miles does not care and tries to pretend that his little... (full context)
Chapter 17
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One day while Miles and Dad are working on the fishing boat, Harry goes to visit George Fuller. George is not home when he arrives at the shack,... (full context)
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Harry remembers the first time he went out on Dad’s fishing boat. Harry clung to the... (full context)
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Harry is reluctant to join George because he is afraid of breaking the rod or embarrassing... (full context)
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George catches four more fish while Harry is content to hold onto his own fishing rod and look out at the water... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Harry goes on a hike with George Fuller and Jake and they pick apples from an... (full context)
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After their picnic, Harry, George, and Jake return to George’s shack. George offers Harry a bag of the apples... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Two Fisheries officers come to the Curren family’s house looking for Dad. Harry hesitantly answers the door and the officers ask if his parents are home. Harry replies... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...Miles notices personalized signs of wear that their family has left behind—scratched floorboards, stains, and Harry’s beach specimens lining the windowsills. Joe had told Harry to choose three “treasures” for the... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...was going to get stuck on Bruny Island working for Dad and taking care of Harry. Miles feels that he is “screaming on the inside” with frustration. He decides that he... (full context)
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...day to avoid the approaching swell. Miles is speechless as Joe asks him to tell Harry for him. Joe begins to cry, and Miles wonders why his older brother should be... (full context)
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...with him to realize that he is “only nineteen.” Miles feels as though he and Harry will never get away from Bruny Island. (full context)
Chapter 23
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Miles searches through the meager contents of Dad’s kitchen cupboards, looking for something to prepare Harry for dinner. He decides to make mashed potatoes and remembers when Mum used to take... (full context)
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Miles carefully splits their portions equally and serves Harry on a small plate so that the meal looks more substantial. He plans to let... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Miles and Harry stay out of the house past midnight to avoid Dad and Jeff, who have been... (full context)
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As Harry passes into the kitchen, Jeff calls him “the littlest retard” and tells him to have... (full context)
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Harry, sick from the whiskey, vomits on Jeff’s arm that is still holding him in a... (full context)
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...slump back down into their respective seats, and Miles takes the opportunity to escape with Harry out their bedroom window. As they run away from the house and into the woods,... (full context)
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Miles and Harry continue to run away from Dad’s house along the riverbank. Harry suggests that they go... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Miles and Harry hear Jake barking as they approach George Fuller’s shack. George waves the boys inside and... (full context)
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...disinfects and dresses the cut on Miles’s forehead, then serves tea to the two boys. Harry notices that George’s teacups look like the ones Mum used to have, which Aunty Jean... (full context)
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...their tea, George lays out a pillow, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat for Miles and Harry. Miles notices that Harry seems to have “an understanding” with George that transcends words, as... (full context)
Chapter 26
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As he and Harry sleep on George Fuller’s floor, Miles dreams about the wooden toolbox Granddad carved for him... (full context)
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...the morning, Miles wakes up and cannot find George or Jake anywhere around the property. Harry helps himself to bread and butter for breakfast and tells Miles that his eye looks... (full context)
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After Harry eats his bread, Miles straightens up the house and tells him that they should be... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Harry follows Miles out of George’s house and up the road. He asks Miles where they... (full context)
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...head on the boat when she asks about the lump above his eye. Miles tells Harry that he will bring him some clothes later and Harry offers him the few dollars... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Dad brings home fish and chips for dinner. Miles tells him that Harry is staying at Stuart’s house, but Dad does not respond or even look at Miles.... (full context)
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...the Fisheries officers who came to the house but decides not to, in hopes that Harry’s absence will diffuse Dad’s anger over the next few days. (full context)
Chapter 30
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Harry goes shopping with Stuart and his mother and considers spending the last of his money... (full context)
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Harry spots the same variety of English breakfast tea that he knows George Fuller likes. He... (full context)
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After they finish shopping, Harry rides with Stuart and his mother back toward their trailer. Harry tells Stuart’s mother that... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Running down the familiar path to George Fuller’s house, Harry is excited to give George the tea he bought for him and have lunch in... (full context)
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Harry dismisses his own worry as he sees George’s pipe, Jake’s blanket, and their other belongings... (full context)
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After piling the kindling and some newspaper in the wood heater, Harry sweeps the floor, sets the tea on the table, and sits waiting for George and... (full context)
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Looking at the photo of Billy, Harry thinks of how he would never feel right again if anything ever happened to Miles.... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Asleep in the passenger seat, Miles dreams that he and Harry are snugly tucked into the backseat of Mum’s car with bags of clothes packed all... (full context)
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Miles is abruptly awoken from his dream as Dad blares his car horn. Harry is standing frozen in the middle of the road in front of Dad’s pickup truck,... (full context)
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Miles rushes over to ask Harry if he is okay. His little brother says nothing but grabs onto his arm. On... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Harry looks out his bedroom window, but it is too dark outside to see anything but... (full context)
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After Miles finishes washing the dinner dishes, he sits on the edge of Harry’s bed and asks why he did not stay at Stuart’s like they agreed. Harry apologizes... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Harry lies awake in bed, afraid of the darkness that seems to be closing in around... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Miles wakes up to find Dad sitting at the end of Harry’s bed. It is still pitch-black outside, but he tells the boys to get up and... (full context)
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Miles tells a groggy Harry that he thinks he will have to come out on the fishing boat with them... (full context)
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Miles gives Harry the shark tooth he found in Mum’s car seat for good luck. He notices how... (full context)
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The boys hurry outside into the rain and violent wind, but Harry hesitates outside the door of Dad’s pickup truck. He suggests that he stay behind but... (full context)
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...is watching. Jeff appears and comments to Dad that the ocean is “wild.” Miles helps Harry into the dinghy and holds onto him as they ride through the rough water and... (full context)
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Miles, Harry, Dad, and Jeff reach the fishing boat and seem to be inside a “bubble of... (full context)
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...the smallest of the three islands. While Dad and Jeff dive for abalone, Miles tells Harry a folktale about a lady who supposedly fled society to live in the wilderness on... (full context)
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...if they are able to come back up alive. But Miles knows that he and Harry would be swept away by the strong current and hurled against the rocks if they... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Back on the deck, Harry furiously punches and kicks Dad, demanding that he let Miles go. Dad is laughing as... (full context)
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As Dad pins Harry against the railing, he notices the shark tooth around his neck that Miles gave him... (full context)
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Furious at Harry’s defiance, Dad shoves him overboard just as an enormous wave swells over the boat. Harry... (full context)
Chapter 37
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After Harry tumbles overboard, Miles stands in shock before he is able to scream Harry’s name. He... (full context)
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...Miles, saying: “I had to take him away” because “everyone would have known.” Miles screams Harry’s name again and tries to break free of his father’s grip. Dad tells Miles “you’re... (full context)
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...into the ocean and the freezing cold water robs him of his breath. He finds Harry’s limp body and pulls them both up to the surface. Miles clutches his little brother... (full context)
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Harry regains consciousness and calls out to Miles as he bobs above the water. Miles spots... (full context)
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...to sea, he cannnot see any land. Miles tries his best to keep himself and Harry afloat, treading the freezing water as slowly as possible to conserve energy and stay awake.... (full context)
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Harry asks whether Dad is coming for them and Miles can feel his little brother shivering... (full context)
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...down into a warm light. Her voice comes back louder and asks where her baby, Harry, is. Miles then hears Harry’s voice telling him he is no longer afraid of the... (full context)
Chapter 38
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In a reality separate from Harry and Miles’s perilous position adrift in the ocean, Harry chases after Jake through a forest.... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...soon dissipate into darkness. Miles feels that he has “been drifting for a lifetime” as Harry and the rest of his material life dissolve into the vastness of the deep water.... (full context)
Chapter 40
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In his delirium, Miles suddenly understands that Joe is talking about Harry—that his little brother drowned in the water before he could be saved with Miles. Thrown... (full context)
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...Mum just as he did when he fell asleep in Dad’s truck. He again sees Harry in the seat next to him and the bags of clothes around him as he... (full context)
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...a diversion from his prior dream as a man gets into the car and strokes Harry’s cheek. Miles realizes that the man is Uncle Nick, whom Mum refers to as “my... (full context)
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...the accident. He remembers that their father took Nick away and left him, Mum, and Harry there. Miles called out for Mum, but she never answered, and Miles wrapped Harry with... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...is coming with him to Dad’s house and feels sick on the van ride there. Harry’s funeral is that Friday and he will be buried in the same cemetery as Mum... (full context)
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Miles enters the bedroom he shared with Harry and finds that it is exactly how they left it. He collapses on Harry’s bed... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...from the deck of Joe’s boat, marveling at the destruction of the storm that took Harry’s life. Joe says it was the biggest swell he had ever seen and that it... (full context)
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...and how the water had been “just for fun” back then. He remembers Mum and Harry waiting in the car to pick them up at sundown each evening and dropping Justin... (full context)
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...part ways at the end of the day, Justin tells Miles he is sorry about Harry. Miles wants to say goodbye and thank Justin but finds himself unable to do so.... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Miles looks at the dried shark egg in Harry’s collection and remembers the day he teased Harry about finding one on this very beach.... (full context)
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Joe touches Miles’s arm and pulls him away from his memory. Miles puts Harry’s treasures—shells, rocks, driftwood, bones, and petrified sea creatures—into the hole in the sand but keeps... (full context)
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...for a long time. George offers Miles the shark tooth necklace that Miles gave to Harry as a gesture of good luck, and Miles realizes that George had been the one... (full context)
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...always seemed special and brighter than the rest. He is comforted by his belief that Harry will be free to stay on Cloudy and “run along this beach until the end... (full context)