Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me


Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Mr. Ballantine is a vile, racist old homeless man whom Denver finds on the street and discreetly begins caring for. If any homeless person ever earned their fate, Mr. Ballantine seems to be it, having been thrown out of his daughter’s home for his vile demeanor and alcoholism. Even so, Denver takes pity on the man, especially after Mr. Ballantine is beaten so badly he becomes an invalid and is left in a state nursing home to waste away. While Denver cleans and cares for him, bringing him food and changing his bed sheets, Mr. Ballantine openly disparages black people and Christians. His state of living is so disgusting and unkempt that the single time Ron comes to meet the man, he cannot stand to be in his room for more than a minute. However, after Scott buys him a pack of cigarettes, Mr. Ballantine begins to soften, apologizing for all the mean things he has said to Denver and even allowing Denver to bring him to church. Within the development of the narrative, Denver’s care for Mr. Ballantine demonstrates that all people, no matter how awful, are deserving of compassion and respect.

Mr. Ballantine Quotes in Same Kind of Different as Me

The Same Kind of Different as Me quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Ballantine or refer to Mr. Ballantine . 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 Thomas Nelson edition of Same Kind of Different as Me published in 2006.
Chapter 41 Quotes

“You asked the man how you could bless him, and he told you he wanted two things—cigarettes and Ensure. Now you trying to judge him instead of blessin him by blessin him with only half the things he asked for. […] Cigarettes is the only pleasure he got left.”

Related Characters: Denver Moore (speaker), Mr. Ballantine , Scott Walker
Page Number: 161
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Ballantine Character Timeline in Same Kind of Different as Me

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Ballantine appears in Same Kind of Different as Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 40
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...and Janina, friends of theirs. Denver announces that he needs to go take care of Mr. Ballantine , and Scott asks to join him. (full context)
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Years before, Denver met Mr. Ballantine on the street, a sour old drunk whose family had rejected him. Mr. Ballantine hated... (full context)
Chapter 41
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Charity, Love, and Ego Theme Icon
Denver continues his narration. Denver brings Scott with him to see Mr. Ballantine , but he worries that Scott will not be able to handle it since Ron... (full context)
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Charity, Love, and Ego Theme Icon
Mr. Ballantine , surprised that Scott paid for the cigarettes, asks Denver why someone would do something... (full context)