Sweet Bird of Youth

by

Tennessee Williams

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Tom Junior Character Analysis

Boss Finley’s loyal son, and Heavenly’s brother. Tom Junior has organized a group of rowdy young men like himself in support of his father’s political campaign. In keeping with this loyalty, he doesn’t refuse when Boss Finley orders him to track down Chance Wayne to either kill or castrate him (both punishments are mentioned at various times throughout the play).

Tom Junior Quotes in Sweet Bird of Youth

The Sweet Bird of Youth quotes below are all either spoken by Tom Junior or refer to Tom Junior. 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 New Directions edition of Sweet Bird of Youth published in 1959.
Act Two, Scene One Quotes

You’re going to be wearing the stainless white of a virgin, with a Youth for Tom Finley button on one shoulder and a corsage of lilies on the other. You’re going to be on the speaker’s platform with me, you on one side of me and Tom Junior on the other, to scotch these rumors about your corruption. And you’re gonna wear a proud happy smile on your face, you’re gonna stare straight out at the crowd in the ballroom with pride and joy in your eyes. Lookin’ at you, all in white like a virgin, nobody would dare to speak or believe the ugly stories about you. I’m relying a great deal on this campaign to bring in young voters for the crusade I’m leading. I’m all that stands between the South and the black days of Reconstruction. And you and Tom Junior are going to stand there beside me in the grand crystal ballroom, as shining examples of white Southern youth—in danger.

Related Characters: Boss Finley (speaker), Chance Wayne, Heavenly Finley, Tom Junior
Page Number: 53
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Tom Junior Character Timeline in Sweet Bird of Youth

The timeline below shows where the character Tom Junior appears in Sweet Bird of Youth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two, Scene One
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...rally he’s planning to have that night, but Finley refuses. He then calls his son, Tom Junior , into the room and asks if Chance has left St. Cloud yet. Tom Junior... (full context)
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...subject, saying he merely wants to know if Chance has left yet. To his dismay, Tom Junior and Scudder inform him that Chance is holed up with an old movie star named... (full context)
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...had her. I don’t want him passin’ another night in St. Cloud.” He then tells Tom Junior that Chance must be gone by midnight, and when Tom asks if he can borrow... (full context)
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...fact that everybody he’s associated with ends up dragging his name into trouble. This offends Tom Junior , who is proud to have organized the Youth For Tom Finley club for his... (full context)
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Boss Finley denies Miss Lucy’s existence until Tom Junior tells him that she recently wrote “Boss Finley is too old to cut the mustard”... (full context)
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...to be on the speaker’s platform with me, you on one side of me and Tom Junior on the other, to scotch these rumors about your corruption.” When people see her dressed... (full context)
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...young voters for the crusade [he’s] leading.” Adding to this, he says: “And you and Tom Junior are going to stand there beside me in the grand crystal ballroom, as shining examples... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Two
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...affections, Dan Hatcher’s voice sounds in the lounge. Moments later, he steps into view with Tom Junior and Scotty: they are outside the lounge, which opens onto a small raised balcony. From... (full context)
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...pulls her away. As Chance stands dumbstruck in the wake of this encounter, Hatcher and Tom Junior continue yelling at him to come down to them, suggesting that they meet in the... (full context)
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“I used to leave places when I was told to,” Chance tells Hatcher and Tom Junior . “Not now. That time’s over. Now I leave when I’m ready. Hear that, Tom... (full context)
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Still separated, Chance asks Tom Junior to tell him what has happened to Heavenly since he was last in town. “I... (full context)
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Continuing his rant about Chance’s irresponsible behavior, Tom Junior outlines how Chance contracted a disease from the rich woman with the yacht and then... (full context)
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Before leaving, Tom Junior warns Chance that he too will “get the knife” if he doesn’t leave St. Cloud... (full context)
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...Tom Finley banners. Chance watches as the crowd enters the ballroom followed by Boss Finley, Tom Junior , and Heavenly. Just then, Miss Lucy rushes into the lounge and tells the heckler... (full context)
Act Three
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...something is burning in the hotel garden. While the Princess is on the phone, Scotty, Tom Junior , and Hatcher knock on her door and tell her to let them in. When... (full context)
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...it ever? Maybe some saints and heroes, but not Chance Wayne.” From outside the room, Tom Junior calls the Princess and tells her that her driver has arrived. She rises, opens the... (full context)