Cate Kennedy

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Frank Character Analysis

One of Ray’s friends who frequents the pub. Having been unemployed for 14 months, Frank angrily complains about how the contractors behind the construction intend to sell the sleepers for profit instead of leaving them for locals. He expresses frustration at the capitalistic way of doing business, bidding on contracts and squeezing every last cent of profit out of the project.

Frank Quotes in Sleepers

The Sleepers quotes below are all either spoken by Frank or refer to Frank. 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:
Capitalism and Competition Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribe edition of Sleepers published in 2012.
Sleepers Quotes

“See, if that contractor was a local,” said Vince, “anyone could go and help themselves to some of them for firewood. Anyone at all.”

“Not these bastards. They'll be selling them on to some other subcontractor, any money. That's why they've got that barrier round them. They tender for these jobs and they screw the last cent out of 'em. That's the way they do business.” Frank, who hadn't worked for fourteen months.

Related Characters: Vince (speaker), Frank (speaker), Ray
Related Symbols: Sleepers
Page Number: 123
Explanation and Analysis:
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Frank Character Timeline in Sleepers

The timeline below shows where the character Frank appears in Sleepers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Capitalism and Competition Theme Icon
In the late afternoon, Ray is at the pub with his friends Frank and Vince when he first hears about the old railroad sleepers that are being removed... (full context)