Pigeon English

by

Stephen Kelman

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Poppy Morgan Character Analysis

Poppy Morgan is a white girl at Harri’s school whom Harri has a crush on. Harri loves Poppy’s blonde hair and, after they start dating, calls her “my yellow.” Poppy is kind to Harri and kisses him for the first time on the last day of school, just before his death.

Poppy Morgan Quotes in Pigeon English

The Pigeon English quotes below are all either spoken by Poppy Morgan or refer to Poppy Morgan. 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:
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of Pigeon English published in 2011.
July Quotes

I ran fast. I ran down the hill and through the tunnel. I shouted:

Me: 'Poppy I love you!'

It made a mighty echo. Nobody else heard it.

I ran past the real church. I ran past the cross.

I ran past the Jubilee.

I ran past the CCTV camera. I let it snap me for luck.

I ran past the other pigeons. I pretended they called hello to me.

Me: 'Pigeons I love you!'

It didn't even feel stupid, it felt brilliant. I ran past the playground and the dead climbing frame. I was running superfast. I was going faster than I've ever gone, my feet were just a blur. Nobody could ever catch me, I was going

to break the world record.

Related Characters: Harrison Opoku (Harri) (speaker), Poppy Morgan
Related Symbols: Pigeons
Page Number: 261
Explanation and Analysis:
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Poppy Morgan Character Timeline in Pigeon English

The timeline below shows where the character Poppy Morgan appears in Pigeon English. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
March
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
In music, Harri’s class plays the drums. He teaches Poppy Morgan how to play the bass drum, and while doing so he smells her hair... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
In art class, Poppy sits next to Harri and paints her fingernails with paints. She does it very slowly,... (full context)
April
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
A wasp flies into the room during math class. Poppy is so scared that she almost cries, but Harri reassures her that the wasp is... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Harri decides that he wants to kiss Poppy. He also thinks the pound coin looks stupid. Mamma pays money to Julius, who doesn’t... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...don’t believe in hell, concluding that “they’re in for a nasty surprise!” At afternoon registration, Poppy gives him a letter that says, “Do you like me?” with two tick boxes, yes... (full context)
May
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
A boy at school calls Poppy “four-eyes,” and Harri defends her. Harri shows Poppy his binoculars but doesn’t tell her what... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Poppy loves Harri’s Diadoras. The two of them hold hands sometimes, but the rest of the... (full context)
June
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Connor Green boasts that he’s seen Poppy’s boobs, but Harri insists that he’s lying and jealous because he wants to be Poppy’s... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...didn’t know the dead boy had a girlfriend. The girl is “nearly as pretty as Poppy,” and Harri suddenly feels overwhelmed by sadness. Harri and Dean speculate that the stickiness on... (full context)
July
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...teach Harri how to kiss. Harri reasons that if he is a good kisser, then Poppy will never break up with him. Lydia laughs as Harri makes himself still, preparing to... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Regretful about what happened with Miquita, Harri gives Poppy a jelly ring. The couple walks past Clipz, who asks if Harri has “shagged” Poppy... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Poppy and Harri hold hands at the school gate. Harri feels frightened by how beautiful she... (full context)