Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Nancy was one of the original four who stayed at Emma's house for the layoff season. Though she never appears in the play—she married several months before the seventeenth layoff season—the other characters mention her often. She was in a relationship with Barney and used to work at the pub with Olive. Olive, Barney, and Roo describe her as having been a lot of fun, and Olive often uses Nancy's words to tell Pearl about Roo and Barney. Emma insists that Nancy knew the layoff seasons wouldn't last forever and got out while it was still good.

Nancy Quotes in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll quotes below are all either spoken by Nancy or refer to Nancy. 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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Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

All round would be the regulars—soft city blokes...and then in would come Roo and Barney. They wouldn't say anything...there'd just be the two of them walkin' in, then a kind of wait for a second or two, and quiet. After that, without a word, the regulars'd stand side to let 'em through, just as if they was a—a coupla kings. She always reckoned they made the rest of the mob look like a bunch of skinned rabbits.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Roo Webber, Pearl Cunningham, Barney Ibbot, Nancy
Page Number: 16
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

It's going to be just the same, isn't it? I mean, you'll still be going to Selby at Christmas time, and—and all the rest. You won't alter anything?

Related Characters: Bubba Ryan (speaker), Roo Webber, Nancy
Page Number: 35
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

This is what I call interestin'. The lot of yez squabbling at last 'stead of all that playin' around went on other times. Only thing I'm sorry for is Nancy ain't here. She knew which way the wind was blowin', that one.

Related Characters: Emma Leech (speaker), Roo Webber, Barney Ibbot, Nancy
Page Number: 88
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Nancy Character Timeline in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

The timeline below shows where the character Nancy appears in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...smiles nervously at Pearl and explains that Olive always gets nervous, and that she and Nancy always had to make jokes to pull Olive out of her mood. Bubba continues, saying... (full context)
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...was taken at an amusement park two years ago. When Pearl asks, Olive explains that Nancy was drunk. Pearl says that Nancy looks like the sort who'd get sick in public,... (full context)
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Pearl is unimpressed. She remarks on the close way that Barney is holding Nancy in the photo, and Olive tells Pearl that Roo and Barney are cane-cutters, not professors.... (full context)
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Olive says that Nancy's decision to get married was a mistake, even if there was no hope of ever... (full context)
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...because they're real men. Pearl insists there's no difference, but Olive recounts with pride what Nancy used to say about Roo and Barney: she'd be in the pub with the "soft... (full context)
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Olive sighs about Nancy, and Pearl asks if Nancy got what she wanted. Olive says she'd like to ask... (full context)
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...check on Emma and the salad, and Barney sighs and says the telegram is from Nancy. He asks Olive where Nancy lives now, and Olive insists he needs to concentrate on... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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...Barney and hands an envelope to Roo. She explains that the envelope contains photos from Nancy's wedding, and she doesn't want Olive to see them. Roo looks through them and asks... (full context)
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...is going to be the same as all the others. She says she's scared with Nancy gone that things will be different, and Roo assures her it'll be just the same.... (full context)
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...and explains the contents. Barney looks for a moment at the photos and says that Nancy must've been crazy, and then asks Roo what they're going to do today. Roo insists... (full context)
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...a fuss outside her door. He claims to not remember doing so and says that Nancy always had that room, but Pearl says that Barney kept yelling for "Pearl," not for... (full context)
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...suspiciously asks why they didn't go this year, and Olive snaps that the Morrises are Nancy's cousins. Pearl begins winding a new ball of yarn, and Barney moves to help her.... (full context)
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...on Olive and Pearl, but Barney says that this year hasn't been much fun without Nancy anyway. Disgusted, Roo moves away from Barney and accuses him of running off once the... (full context)
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...stop and says the women were lying. Finally, Roo says that Barney couldn't even hold Nancy. Barney curses at Roo. He grabs the nearest vase, which holds the seventeenth kewpie doll,... (full context)
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...Pearl's eyes widen and she asks if Olive is blaming her for coming instead of Nancy. Olive affirms this, and Pearl says she's wasting her breath if Olive won't see the... (full context)
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...not respectable. Angrily, Pearl shoots back that she was never trying to be a second Nancy. (full context)
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...says that when it comes down to it, Pearl is leaving for the same reason Nancy did. He says that Nancy left to get married because she couldn't get what she... (full context)
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...doesn't have it anyway. When she looks downcast, he says there was only one woman, Nancy, who had it—and she didn't have enough to make a relationship work. He picks up... (full context)
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...as she says that it's interesting to finally see everyone fighting, and she's only sad Nancy's not here to see it. She says that Nancy knew what was going on. (full context)
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Roo says that Nancy got married, but Emma insists that Nancy purposefully got out while things were good. Emma... (full context)
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...says that if he and Barney had stopped to look, they would've seen this coming—like Nancy did. (full context)