Seventy-Two Derwents

by

Cate Kennedy

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The antagonist of the story and Tyler’s mother’s boyfriend. He has a criminal record, which Tyler’s mother does not explain, and is currently on parole. He begins exhibiting predatory behavior towards Tyler immediately after meeting her, asking prying questions about her dating life and watching her while she sleeps. He attempts to cultivate a confidential relationship with her, bringing her candy but insisting that she keep it a secret, thereby attempting to isolate her from her mother and older sister. Eventually, he attempts to use this relationship to take advantage of Tyler by asking her to give him her urine, which, the story implies, he plans to submit as a substitute for a parole-required drug test. She complies, but records their exchange in her journal and turns it into her schoolteacher, Mrs Carlyle, who reports the incident to the authorities, causing Shane to lose his parole. He comes back to the house and immediately attempts to attack Tyler, beating Ellie and threatening her mother in the process. Tyler’s mother eventually stabs him in the stomach with scissors.

Shane Quotes in Seventy-Two Derwents

The Seventy-Two Derwents quotes below are all either spoken by Shane or refer to Shane. 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 Read How You Want edition of Seventy-Two Derwents published in 2013.
Seventy-Two Derwents Quotes

In cartoons time passes really fast and sudden. Also, things happen that aren’t true. Like a cat will be running along and will go through the wall and there will be an exactly cat-shaped hole left behind in the wall. Mum’s old boyfriend Gary threw a bottle at the wall once and it didn’t leave a shape like that it just smashed.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Tyler and Ellie’s Mother, Shane
Page Number: 229
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I didn’t know Ellie has bad dreams too. Sometimes I dream of a wolf. He’s coming for me and his eyes are on fire and he’s looking everywhere for me but he can’t find me. I don’t tell Ellie about this but I say sometimes I feel like I have a stone inside my stomach. Ellie doesn’t say anything for a while then she says, hey, what are those pencils called that you like? I tell her Derwents and she says we’ll get you those, you wait.

Related Characters: Ellie (speaker), Tyler, Shane
Related Symbols: Derwent Pencils
Page Number: 240
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Just before when I was going to bed Mum said let’s have a secret, you don’t have to go to school tomorrow, Tyler. I will ring up and tell them you are sick and you can stay here and help me finish the Plushies. It is the same as when Shane leans down and whispers, grown-ups can make their voices go all soft and excited like it’s a big special secret to share just with you, they know just how to make kids feel happy but it’s never what you think. I felt the stones in my stomach because I remembered that tomorrow is the first orientation day for Grade 6s to go over to the senior campus to visit but I just said yes.

Related Characters: Tyler (speaker), Tyler and Ellie’s Mother, Shane
Page Number: 243
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Shane Character Timeline in Seventy-Two Derwents

The timeline below shows where the character Shane appears in Seventy-Two Derwents. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Later, Tyler’s mother asks Tyler for her opinion of her boyfriend, Shane. Tyler responds noncommittally. When Shane arrives for dinner, Tyler’s mother brags about her homemade chips... (full context)
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At dinner, Shane watches The Simpsons with Tyler while her mother prepares the meal. He asks her questions... (full context)
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Back in the present, Shane continues pressing Tyler to admit that she has a boyfriend. Tyler thinks about how strangely... (full context)
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Later, Shane is attempting to fix Tyler’s mother’s Subaru, and he complains about the quality of the... (full context)
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...consider it a useful skill. She hopes that, if Georgia came over, her mother and Shane would leave them in peace. (full context)
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Watching cartoons on Saturday morning, Tyler sees Shane in front of the TV. Shane insists that she read his ankle tattoo, which says... (full context)
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Shane does not attend Tyler’s birthday because her mother hasn’t introduced him to Tyler’s grandmother yet.... (full context)
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Shane comes for dinner, and Tyler senses that he’s in a “mean mood.” He mocks her... (full context)
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Tyler’s mother continues working on the dolls, complaining that Shane doesn’t do more to help her. However, she never complains in front of Shane. While... (full context)
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...night, Tyler wakes up to see someone standing in her doorway. When she realizes it’s Shane and asks what he wants, Shane pretends he was sleepwalking, then goes away. (full context)
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...school, worrying that that this will mean Tyler is forced to spend more time with Shane. They fight, and her mother mocks Ellie’s boyfriend, Luke. Ellie responds by pointing out that... (full context)
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...all day. When Ellie comes home, she wakes Tyler up in bed, asking her whether Shane did or said “anything weird,” and warning Tyler to tell her if Shane asks her... (full context)
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...mall so she can try to buy individual Derwents. Their car has become unsafe since Shane attempted to repair it, but Tyler’s mother dismisses her concerns. Tyler purchases five pencils. She... (full context)
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Later, alone with Shane, Tyler passes him a call from his parole officer. Shane takes the call, then asks... (full context)
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...Tyler has gotten her journal back from Mrs Carlyle, Tyler wants to tell Ellie about Shane making her urinate in a cup, but she feels like she has stones in her... (full context)
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...an apron from her Centrelink sewing course and proudly shows it to her daughters until Shane mocks it, after which she takes it off. From then on, she wears it only... (full context)
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Later, Shane bursts into the house screaming for Tyler, complaining that he’s now violated his parole thanks... (full context)
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Tyler’s mother weakly attempts to calm Shane, but Tyler gathers that she won’t do anything to defend her, which makes Tyler hate... (full context)
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Ellie tells Shane she’s called the police. Shane violently throws her against the wall, and Tyler observes that... (full context)
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Shane begins insulting Tyler as well. Tyler imagines hearing Ellie’s voice admonishing her not to respond,... (full context)
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Shane continues to mock their mother, claiming that Ellie hates her. Ellie shakes her head in... (full context)
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Shane grabs a knife and threatens Tyler’s mother, telling her that he’s stabbed others before. Tyler... (full context)