Pigeon English

by

Stephen Kelman

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Dean is Harri’s best friend from school. Together, the two of them investigate the murder of the dead boy, inspired by Dean’s love of the CSI television show. Dean is a redhead and is teased about this by the other kids at school. However, Harri concludes that he “doesn’t even care if [Dean] has orange hair. That’s what makes him so brainy (a detective’s best skill).”

Dean Quotes in Pigeon English

The Pigeon English quotes below are all either spoken by Dean or refer to Dean. 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 Bloomsbury edition of Pigeon English published in 2011.
June Quotes

Signs of guilt include:

Ants in your pant

Talking too fast

Always looking around you like you've lost something

Smoking too much

Crying too much

Scratching

Biting your fingers

Spitting

Sudden bouts of violence

Uncontrolled gas (farting a lot)

Religious hysteria

Related Characters: Harrison Opoku (Harri) (speaker), Dean
Page Number: 155-156
Explanation and Analysis:

I love it when you get a good surprise. Like the cement being there just waiting for us to write in it or like when you think somebody will be rubbish at something and then you find out they're actually brilliant at it. It was the same with Manik: nobody suspected him to be such a good goalie because he's so fat, but actually Manik's a brilliant goalie. It's impossible to score against him. Nothing ever gets past him […] I didn't think Dean would be such a good climber because he has orange hair. I just didn't suspect it. But actually he's a brilliant climber.

Related Characters: Harrison Opoku (Harri) (speaker), Lydia, Dean, Manik
Page Number: 211
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dean Character Timeline in Pigeon English

The timeline below shows where the character Dean appears in Pigeon English. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
March
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...the day of his death or if anyone was “after him.” The kids say no. Dean asks if the police have any leads, and the cop replies that they’re “working on... (full context)
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...pregnant after you only kiss them. They smell like cigarettes, and so do their babies. Dean is Harri’s second-best friend, after Jordan, who is Harri’s best friend “outside of school.” Dean... (full context)
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Dean thinks that CSI should take over the investigation of the dead boy’s murder. He explains... (full context)
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...Harri’s school and a sign that says, “No climbing, serious risk of injury.” Harri and Dean’s favorite sign is one by the river warning people that the watercress growing there is... (full context)
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Dean double-checks with Harri that the person by the bins retrieved a knife, and Harri confirms,... (full context)
April
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...he thinks that if Mr. Tomlin joined the investigation, they’d find the killer right away. Dean doesn’t believe in God, so Harri prays on behalf of both of them. (full context)
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Harri and Dean go to the pub to interview suspects. The air smells of alcohol, and they try... (full context)
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The man sees them and asks if they’re waiting for someone, and Dean replies that they’re waiting for his dad. Dean then asks the suspect if he knew... (full context)
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The Dell Farm Crew waits for Harri and Dean outside the cafeteria and block their way, calling them “pussy boys.” Clipz mentions that Harri... (full context)
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Harri and Dean decide to use sellotape to gather fingerprints. They check the surfaces by the river, having... (full context)
May
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...sees Asbo biting Terry Takeaway. Harri finds it funny at first, but then he and Dean help Terry by putting a branch in Asbo’s mouth. After, they try to train Asbo... (full context)
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...that he’s done wrong. After X-Fire and the boys leave, Terry offers a kettle to Dean and Harri for six pounds. They both say no but thank him for offering. Harri... (full context)
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...binoculars but doesn’t tell her what they’re for, as that’s a secret between him and Dean. Poppy became Harri’s girlfriend after he ticked the box to say he liked her. Harri... (full context)
June
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Harri and Dean are on a “stake-out” at the bottom of the stairs in Harri’s tower. They vow... (full context)
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Dean suggests that Terry Takeaway could be a suspect, but Harri objects, stating that Terry is... (full context)
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...have to have sex. Connor starts talking about people having sex with animals and children. Dean has told Harri that one of the never-normal girls’ grandpas has sex with her, and... (full context)
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...a mouse’s sneeze. He describes all the toughest boys in Year 7. The uppercut is Dean’s move of choice, but he hasn’t used it yet as he’s saving it for “emergencies”... (full context)
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Nish is from Pakistan, and Dean’s mamma comments that she didn’t know they were “illegal.” Everyone agrees that Nish’s meat is... (full context)
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Harri walks past the church with Dean and Connor when X-Fire and Dizzy stop them. Harri keeps both feet inside the church... (full context)
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Dean admits that four guilty signs is incriminating but not enough to prove that Killa is... (full context)
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Harri runs into Mr. Tomlin’s class, where he knows he’s safe. Later, Dean and Harri review the sellotape, but are disappointed to find that the fingerprints are blurry... (full context)
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Harri loves surprises, like the cement or when people have hidden talents. While Harri and Dean play football, Dean notices something wrapped up on the ground. Nervously, Dean unwraps it, and... (full context)
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Harri and Dean go back to Harri’s room and apply the sellotape the stains. Harri suggests that they... (full context)
July
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...summer, Harri also wants to go on a long bike ride around the city with Dean. Harri secretly borrows Lydia’s phone to try to catch the dead boy’s spirit, which Harri... (full context)
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X-Fire and Dizzy approach Dean and Harri and ask what they are doing. Killa and Miquita are there too. Harri... (full context)
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Dizzy and X-Fire corner Harri and Dean. X-Fire reaches into his pants, and Harri knows he is retrieving his “war knife.” Harri... (full context)
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On the last day of school, Lydia, Dean, and Harri walk to school together to stay safe. It’s hot, and everyone is happy.... (full context)
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Harri and Dean have been preparing to tell the police that Killa is the murderer. They plan to... (full context)