Sharp Objects

by

Gillian Flynn

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Frank Curry is Camille’s newspaper boss in Chicago. Frank refers to Camille both lovingly and teasingly as “cubby,” as she is his favorite cub reporter. He teases Camille for being an underachiever, but at the same time truly wants to encourage her to do her best work and discover her voice. Frank and his wife Eileen are not just artistically but emotionally supportive of Camille throughout her harrowing trip with Wind Gap, and it is the two of them she calls when she is in trouble.

Frank Curry Quotes in Sharp Objects

The Sharp Objects quotes below are all either spoken by Frank Curry or refer to Frank Curry. 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 15 Quotes

“I know who did it, Curry,” I hissed. “I know it.”

“Well, that’s no reason to cry, Cubby. The police made an arrest?”

“Not yet. I know who did it.” Thunk on the dartboard.

“Who? Camille, talk to me.”

I pressed the phone to my mouth and whispered, “My mother.”

“Who? Camille, you have to speak up. Are you at a bar?”

“My mother did it,” I yelped into the phone, the words coming out like a splatter. Silence for too long.

“Camille, you are under a lot of stress, and I was very wrong to send you down there so soon after . . . Now, I want you to go to the nearest airport and fly back here. Don’t get your clothes, just leave your car and come home here. We’ll deal with all that stuff later. Charge the ticket, I’ll pay you back when you get home. But you need to come home now.”

Home home home, like he was trying to hypnotize me.

“I’ll never have a home,” I whimpered, began sobbing again. “I have to go take care of this, Curry.” I hung up as he was ordering me not to.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Frank Curry (speaker)
Page Number: 230-231
Explanation and Analysis:
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Frank Curry Character Timeline in Sharp Objects

The timeline below shows where the character Frank Curry appears in Sharp Objects. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Abuse, Victimization, and Control Theme Icon
...the South Side of Chicago, forgotten and abandoned by their crackhead mother. Camille’s boss Frank Curry approaches her desk and tells her to come by his office when she’s finished. (full context)
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Camille files her article and then heads up to Curry’s office on the third floor of the Daily Post, the fourth-largest newspaper in Chicago. Curry... (full context)
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Curry reveals that last August, a little girl was strangled in Wind Gap. Camille nods as... (full context)
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Sensing Camille’s abject fear, Curry tells her that if she doesn’t think she can return to Wind Gap, she shouldn’t—but... (full context)
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...bourbon and frets about what will happen when she arrives at her mother’s place tomorrow. Curry has given Camille no budget for the article other than one night’s stay in a... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...over the phone when Camille admitted to being a reporter. Nevertheless, after reading her article, Curry orders a larger feature on the Keene and Nash families, and Camille is grateful for... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...into a psychiatric ward outside of Chicago. Her only visitors during her time there were Curry and her mother—whom she hadn’t seen, at that point, in half a decade. During Adora’s... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Up in her room, Camille—with only two days left before Curry’s deadline—tries to assemble what she has learned so far. The two murders, though undoubtedly committed... (full context)
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That night, Camille phones Curry at home and apologizes for not being able to make much headway. Curry tells Camille... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Natalie. She needs a quote for her feature, badly—if she doesn’t turn up anything good, Curry will pull her out of Wind Gap. She drives to the Keene house and rings... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...padlocked it. Camille feels her skin growing hot, and decides to go upstairs and call Curry—as she does, though, the doorbell rings, and when she peers through the front door, she... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Camille calls Curry—it has been three days since they last spoke, and nearly two weeks since she arrived... (full context)
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Curry encourages her to continue working hard, but continues asking about whether she feels the pressure... (full context)
Chapter 15
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On the way back home, Camille stops at a pay phone to call Curry. She can barely get any words out, though—she is sobbing too hard. She cries and... (full context)
Epilogue
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...“quickie paperbacks” detailing the lurid tale are published, and Camille is “showered with book offers.” Curry pushes her to take one, but quickly backs off. (full context)
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Camille reveals that she relapsed on the day of Amma’s arrest. Though Curry and Eileen came over to provide support and comfort, Camille snuck a knife into the... (full context)
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...says, she is learning to be cared for—she is learning to be “parented.” Eileen and Curry are gentle with her—they tuck her into bed each night, cook her meals, and sometimes... (full context)