Cate Kennedy

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Vince Character Analysis

One of Ray’s friends. Vince serves as the primary voice of complaints about the outsourcing of the construction jobs. Vince and Ray discuss the project at the pub and on the ride home, where Vince convinces Ray that the sleepers would be easy to steal and perfect for landscaping—but Vince is all talk and no action. Like Ray, Vince turns to substance abuse to handle the boredom of unemployment, although he smokes marijuana instead of drinking. Vince and Frank are both representative of the unemployed, resentful portion of the town’s residents.

Vince Quotes in Sleepers

The Sleepers quotes below are all either spoken by Vince or refer to Vince. 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
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Vince Character Timeline in Sleepers

The timeline below shows where the character Vince 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 by the... (full context)
Capitalism and Competition Theme Icon
Hopelessness and Apathy Theme Icon
On their way home, Ray and Vince drive past a construction site and see piles of sleepers with only a token perimeter... (full context)