Sharp Objects

by

Gillian Flynn

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Ann Nash is a nine-year-old girl who was found dead in a creek in the middle of the woods outside Wind Gap several months before the start of the novel. Ann had been strangled—and all of her teeth removed—when she was found by police. When Natalie Keene is murdered, the similarities between the girls’ deaths spark an investigation. Natalie and Ann were both being tutored by Adora, and as Camille learns more about her mother’s insidious secrets and murderous ways, she believes that Adora is responsible. Indeed, Adora is arrested for the girls’ murders—but after Camille takes Amma to live with her in Chicago and a third little girl winds up dead with missing teeth, Camille realizes that Amma—threatened by her mothers’ affection for Ann and Natalie—was the killer all along, and pulled their teeth in order to complete the ivory floor in one of the rooms of her dollhouse.

Ann Nash Quotes in Sharp Objects

The Sharp Objects quotes below are all either spoken by Ann Nash or refer to Ann Nash. 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 Random House edition of Sharp Objects published in 2006.
Chapter 10 Quotes

“You were always so willful, never sweet. I remember when you were six or seven. I wanted to put your hair up in curlers for your school picture. Instead you cut it all off with my fabric shears.” I didn’t remember doing this. I remembered hearing about Ann doing this.

“I don’t think so, Momma.”

“Headstrong. Like those girls. I tried to be close with those girls, those dead girls.”

“What do you mean be close with them?”

“They reminded me of you, running around town wild. Like little pretty animals. I thought if I could be close with them, I would understand you better. If I could like them, maybe I could like you. But I couldn’t. […] And now you come back and all I can think of is ‘Why Marian and not her?’”

Rage flattened immediately into a dark despair. My fingers found a wood staple in the floorboard. I jabbed it under my fingernail. I would not cry for this woman.

“I’m not so pleased to be left here anyway, Momma, if it makes you feel any better.”

“You’re so hateful.”

“I learned at your feet.” My mother lunged then, grabbed me by both arms. Then she reached behind me and, with one fingernail, circled the spot on my back that had no scars.

“The only place you have left,” she whispered at me. Her breath was cloying and musky, like air coming from a spring well.

“Yes.”

“Someday I’ll carve my name there.” She shook me once, released me, then left me on the stairs with the warm remains of our liquor.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Adora Crellin (speaker), Ann Nash, Natalie Keene, Marian Crellin
Related Symbols: Camille’s Scars
Page Number: 148-149
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"[Natalie] had serious problems. We looked for my earlobe, see if it could be stitched back on, but it was gone. I guess she swallowed it.” [Meredith] gave a laugh that sounded like the reverse of a gulp of air. ”I mostly just felt sorry for her.”

Lie.

“Ann, was she as bad?” I asked.

“Worse. There are people all over this town with her teeth marks in them. Your mother included.”

“What?” My hands began to sweat and the back of my neck went cold.

“Your mom was tutoring her and Ann didn’t understand. She completely lost it, pulled some of your momma’s hair out, and bit into her wrist. Hard. I think there had to be stitches.” Images of my mother’s thin arm caught between tiny teeth, Ann shaking her head like a dog, blood blossoming on my mother’s sleeve, on Ann’s lips. A scream, a release.

A little circle of jagged lines, and within, a ring of perfect skin.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Meredith Wheeler (speaker), Adora Crellin, Ann Nash, Natalie Keene
Related Symbols: Camille’s Scars, Teeth
Page Number: 158
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Epilogue Quotes

“I was friends with them for a while,” she said finally, talking into her chest. “We had fun, running around in the woods. We were wild. We’d hurt things together. We killed a cat once. But then she”—as always Adora’s name went unsaid—“got all interested in them. I could never have anything to myself. They weren't my secrets anymore. They were always coming by the house. They started asking me questions about being sick. They were going to ruin everything. She didn't even realize it.” Amma rubbed her shorn hair harshly. “And why did Ann have to bite . . . her? I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why Ann could bite her, and I couldn’t.”

She refused to say more, answered only in sighs and coughs. As for the teeth, she took the teeth only because she needed them. The dollhouse had to be perfect, just like everything else Amma loved.

I think there is more. Ann and Natalie died because Adora paid attention to them. Amma could only view it as a raw deal. Amma, who had allowed my mother to sicken her for so long.

Sometimes when you let people do things to you, you ’re really doing it to them. Amma controlled Adora by letting Adora sicken her. In return, she demanded uncontested love and loyalty. No other little girls allowed. For the same reasons she murdered Lily Burke. Because, Amina suspected, I liked her better.

You can come up with four thousand other guesses, of course, about why Amina did it. In the end, the fact remains: Amma enjoyed hurting. I like violence, she’d shrieked at me. I blame my mother. A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin, Ann Nash, Natalie Keene, Lily Burke
Related Symbols: Teeth
Page Number: 250-251
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Ann Nash Character Timeline in Sharp Objects

The timeline below shows where the character Ann Nash appears in Sharp Objects. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Ann Nash was found dead at only nine years old on August 27th of last year... (full context)
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...an hour with the search party, Camille splits off and heads to the spot where Ann’s body was found last year. At the edge of the creek, Camille reaches into the... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...the home of the Nashes. She knows that the family had three girls—including the now-deceased Ann—and one boy, a six year old. Camille knocks back a couple of bourbons, anxious about... (full context)
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...almost immediately begins talking—Camille is grateful for his forthcoming nature. Bob explains that last summer, Ann had been obsessed with riding her bike. Bob and his wife only let her go... (full context)
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Bob suggests that maybe a “homo” killed Ann. When Camille asks him why he’d say such a thing, he explains that Ann wasn’t... (full context)
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...he can get out of Wind Gap for good. Bob shows Camille a picture of Ann, and explains that Ann was a “willful thing” and a tomboy who once chopped all... (full context)
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...porch with Camille’s drink in her hand. Camille explains that she has come to cover Ann Nash and Natalie Keene’s stories for her paper, and Adora seems startled. She begins plucking... (full context)
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Adora remarks that both Ann and Natalie’s parents must be having a difficult enough time without Camille copying down their... (full context)
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...scampering upstairs. Adora warns Camille that she needs to be extra-kind to Amma, as both Ann and Natalie were her schoolmates. (full context)
Chapter 3
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Vickery tells Camille that Ann and Natalie were both violent girls, and Camille asks if he thinks that someone who... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...begs him for some help—on the record or off—in getting a sense of objectivity about Ann and Natalie’s murders. Richard proposes a deal: he will help Camille—and give her an official... (full context)
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...not “the straightest of deals,” Camille accepts and asks Richard—on the record—whether he really believes Ann and Natalie’s murders were committed by an outsider. Richard answers that his investigation has “not... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Camille asks Bob and Betsy what Ann was like in school, explaining that she hopes to paint a clearer picture of the... (full context)
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...children into another room to calm them down, Camille continues asking Bob some questions about Ann’s rumored violent streak, and whether Ann would have gone off into the woods with a... (full context)
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...was—he reveals that Adora is a “very good friend” to their family, and she tutored Ann in English and spelling. Ann and Adora, Bob says, were very close. (full context)
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...overplaying her mourning—she really was close with both girls. Camille wonders why Adora was tutoring Ann; though Adora had helped out at Camille’s school when she was young in order to... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Amma’s violent streak, and finds that it reminds her of the things she’s heard about Ann and Natalie. (full context)
Chapter 9
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When Becca and Camille return to the kitchen, the conversation has turned to Ann and Natalie—and how Amma and her friends always picked on both girls. When Camille defensively... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...the woods, they hike to an ancient and abandoned one-room schoolhouse near the creek where Ann was found—a high school hangout. As Camille shows Richard around the structure, he asks if... (full context)
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Camille and Richard continue exploring the woods for the rest of the afternoon, discussing Ann and Natalie’s murders. When Camille asks if John Keene is a suspect, Richard confirms that... (full context)
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Camille asks if Ann was as bad as Natalie, and Meredith replies that Ann was even worse. There are... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...down to it. She asks him if, when he thinks of the person who killed Ann and Natalie, he has a specific person in mind—male or female. Richard says that he... (full context)
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Camille reveals what she has learned—that Ann and Natalie were violent biters. She tells Richard that she believes this is why their... (full context)
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...tormenting Adora by constantly bringing up Marian or discussing, in gory detail, the murders of Ann and Natalie. Camille insists she hasn’t said anything about any of them to Adora, but... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...tells Richard that Meredith Wheeler told her that Natalie bit her earlobe off, and that Ann bit Adora on the wrist. Camille asks for Richard’s on-the-record statement, but he refuses, and... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...Katie Lacey’s house—Katie is an aide at the grade school, and helped out in both Ann and Natalie’s classes. Katie greets Camille happily and serves her sweet tea, making no mention... (full context)
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...of Amma’s cruelty, and is even more upset when Katie reveals that “Amma fucked with Ann and Natalie a lot.” (full context)
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...image to image of Adora—all ominous ones. She imagines her mother trying to “tend” to Ann and Natalie the way she tended to Marian and Amma—and though Camille tells herself that... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...as a pleasant greeting. She tells him that she thinks that her mother killed Marian, Ann, and Natalie—and that she thinks Richard thinks so, too. She calls Richard “sick” and accuses... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...seat in Adora’s room. DNA tests match the trace blood on the tool to both Ann and Natalie. The teeth, however, are not found anywhere in the house, and though Camille... (full context)
Chapter 17
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On May 28th, Adora is arrested for the murders of Ann Nash, Natalie Keene, and Marian. Alan bails her out so that she can await trial... (full context)
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...reopens. Amma’s friends Kelsey, Kylie, and Jodes admit to helping Amma with the murders of Ann and Natalie, in exchange for lighter sentences in a psychiatric hospital. The circumstances of each... (full context)
Epilogue
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...in the woods, hurting and killing stray animals. When Adora, however, “got all interested” in Ann and Natalie, the girls started coming by the house and asking questions about Amma’s sicknesses.... (full context)
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Camille speculates that Ann and Natalie died because Adora paid attention to them. Camille believes that Amma, who allowed... (full context)