The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Denny Character Analysis

A professional racecar driver, husband to Eve and father to Zoë. He picked Enzo out of a litter of puppies a year before he met Eve. Denny works at a specialty European car shop that services cars in the Seattle area and races or teaches driving on the weekends. He is an extremely loyal and loving husband and father; he adores Eve and Zoë and strives to provide everything he can for them. As a driver, he's very calculating and methodical about how he behaves on the track, and he's an exceptional driver in the rain. These qualities also extend to the person Denny is off the track, as he is methodical and persistent throughout his legal battles with Trish, Maxwell, and Annika. He fights tooth and nail to win custody of Zoë.

Denny Quotes in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The The Art of Racing in the Rain quotes below are all either spoken by Denny or refer to Denny. 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 HarperCollins edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain published in 2009.
Chapter 7 Quotes

What Eve said was not out of line, as most dogs cannot help themselves... but that sort of thing doesn't apply to me.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 8 Quotes

That which you manifest is before you.

Related Characters: Denny (speaker)
Page Number: 41
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I had always wanted to love Eve as Denny loved her, but I never had because I was afraid. She was my rain. She was my unpredictable element. She was my fear. But a racer should not be afraid of rain; a racer should embrace the rain.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Eve
Related Symbols: Rain
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I've always found great pleasure in the narrative tease. But then, I'm a dramatist. For me, a good story is all about setting up expectations and delivering on them in an exciting and surprising way.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 59
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"Sometimes I think you actually understand me," he said. "It's like there's a person inside there. Like you know everything."

I do, I said to myself. I do.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny (speaker)
Page Number: 61
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Chapter 23 Quotes

I marveled at them both; how difficult it must be to be a person. To constantly subvert your desires. To worry about doing the right thing, rather than doing what is most expedient.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Zoë
Page Number: 122
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Chapter 25 Quotes

"But I love you!" she howled, and then she was in an all-out crying fit, her eyes squeezed shut, her mouth contorted. "I love you!" she kept saying over and over. "I love you!"

Related Characters: Annika (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 145
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Chapter 30 Quotes

Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Related Symbols: Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 32 Quotes

I didn't care for the sensation, yet I realized it was possibly a natural progression of my evolving soul, and therefore I tried my best to embrace it.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 188
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Chapter 47 Quotes

He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave. And I knew, as Denny sped me toward the doctor who would fix me, that if I had already accomplished what I set out to accomplish here on earth, if I had already learned what I was meant to learn, I would have left the curb one second later than I had, and I would have been killed instantly by that car.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny
Related Symbols: Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 257
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Chapter 53 Quotes

Tears ran down Denny's mother's cheeks during the entire encounter, raindrops spotting Zoë's flower-print dress.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Denny, Zoë, Denny's Mother
Related Symbols: Rain
Page Number: 287
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Denny Character Timeline in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The timeline below shows where the character Denny appears in The Art of Racing in the Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...is why he's currently lying on the floor in a puddle of urine, waiting for Denny (his owner) to come home and find him. (full context)
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...old, but he says he doesn't really want to get any older. He believes that Denny would do whatever it took to keep Enzo alive, but Enzo doesn't want to be... (full context)
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The door opens and Enzo hears Denny call for him. Usually, Enzo gets up despite the pain, but he uses humanlike willpower... (full context)
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Denny places Enzo in the bathtub and apologizes for being late. Denny trails off, and Enzo... (full context)
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After Enzo's bath, Denny sets Enzo up in front of the TV, and asks if he'd like to watch... (full context)
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Enzo says that Denny is as good as Senna, but nobody notices Denny because he has responsibilities: his daughter,... (full context)
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After the tape ends, Denny suggests he and Enzo go out. Denny helps Enzo stand, and the two leave the... (full context)
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Despite having set it up, Enzo is surprised to hear Denny say this. Enzo knows it's the right thing for all involved, since Denny has done... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...story leading up to the events of the previous chapter. He starts by saying that Denny picked him out of a pile of other puppies in an Eastern Washington town called... (full context)
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...a hand reached and grabbed him, and the man said "this one." The man was Denny. He was slender but assertive, with short hair and a beard. The lady of the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Stepping out of the narrative of his puppyhood, Enzo talks about watching racing videos with Denny. Denny always says that when driving in the rain, you must drive very gently, like... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Denny moved Enzo into his apartment in Seattle, which overlooked Lake Washington. Enzo didn't enjoy living... (full context)
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Enzo watches Eve and Denny have sex for the first time, saying that Eve said "the field is fertile—beware!" Denny... (full context)
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Enzo says that he tried to act nonchalant because he knew how much Denny loved Eve, but he wasn't embracing of her presence. In turn, Eve was less embracing... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Enzo says he watches too much TV. Denny turns it on in the morning when he leaves, and warns Enzo not to watch... (full context)
Chapter 6
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At first, Enzo resents how Eve changes his and Denny's lives, particularly the attention Denny pays to her body. She is everything Enzo isn't—human, well-groomed... (full context)
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Not long after Eve moves in with Denny and Enzo, she and Denny are married in a small ceremony that Enzo gets to... (full context)
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...holds his face against her belly to feel the kick. Enzo knows that Eve and Denny made what was inside of her, and at the time, Enzo wished the baby would... (full context)
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On the day the baby arrives, Enzo is two years old. Denny is in Daytona for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race. Enzo explains that endurance... (full context)
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...eye and knows she is. Sobbing, Eve says to Enzo that she knows she told Denny to go, but she wishes he were here with her. Eve asks Enzo if he'll... (full context)
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Denny returns from Daytona the next day, unhappy. His mood changes when he holds the baby,... (full context)
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...as they believe that it's irresponsible to give birth outside of a hospital. However, once Denny returns home, they shift their negative attention to him. Maxwell gloats, saying that it's a... (full context)
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Enzo isn't sure what's going on. Denny is distraught, and later when Mike comes over for a beer, Enzo learns why. Denny... (full context)
Chapter 7
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After Eve became pregnant, Denny took a job behind the counter at a fancy auto shop that only worked on... (full context)
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Several months after Zoë is born, Eve goes back to work. Denny offers to stay home and care for Zoë but Eve insists on putting Zoë in... (full context)
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One day, Denny checks the weather on the television in the morning and forgets to turn the TV... (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo what he's watching, as though he's asking Eve or Zoë. Eve and Zoë... (full context)
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...watching Sesame Street with Zoë, but until this day, he'd never watched TV by himself. Denny offers to leave the TV on during the day, but tells Enzo that he has... (full context)
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...education, Enzo loses count of the weeks and is surprised when Zoë's second birthday arrives. Denny and Eve throw a party at their apartment, and Zoë calls Enzo her big brother.... (full context)
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After the party is over, Denny has one last surprise birthday present. He shows Zoë a photo that she shows little... (full context)
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Every day when Denny comes home from work, he greets Eve and Zoë and then takes Enzo outside to... (full context)
Chapter 8
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One summer weekend, Denny and Enzo sit down in front of the TV to study a tape of an... (full context)
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As the rain begins, Denny starts passing other cars that aren't using rain tires and are therefore struggling. Eve, standing... (full context)
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Denny softly says, "that which you manifest is before you." Noting Eve's confusion at the phrase,... (full context)
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Denny continues, saying that if he makes the car do something, he can predict what will... (full context)
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Denny says nothing more as he and Enzo keep watching, but Enzo mulls over what Denny... (full context)
Chapter 9
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A few years later, the family experiences a very scary event. Denny had secured a seat for a race at Watkins Glen, NY. Earlier in the spring... (full context)
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When Denny leaves for New York, everyone at home is excited to watch the race on Speed... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...in an ideal world, mistakes happen, and drivers must react sometimes. When reacting, according to Denny, a car is only as good as its tires, and if the tires lose traction... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...the house alone. He thinks that Eve is ill and it's affecting her judgment, and Denny will be home after two nights. As a dog, Enzo says he knows how to... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Enzo hears Denny's taxi pull up outside. As Denny enters the house, he steps right onto the squishy... (full context)
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...in the hallway and Eve rushes to comfort her. Zoë cries, "my animals," and Eve, Denny, and Zoë go down the hall to Zoë's room. Enzo doesn't follow, as he doesn't... (full context)
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Denny's towering anger fills the room, and he rises up and strikes Enzo on the head,... (full context)
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Later that evening, Enzo finds Denny on the porch drinking hard liquor. Enzo approaches cautiously, but Denny pats the step next... (full context)
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Enzo, brimming with anticipation, says he loves when Denny talks like this, dragging out the drama. Enzo loves the narrative tease, since he's a... (full context)
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Denny continues, saying that the offer means coming up with sponsorship money and then spending most... (full context)
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Denny says he can't believe Eve left Enzo for days, even if she did have a... (full context)
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Blathering and drunk, Denny tells Enzo he loves him. Enzo feels the love and feels proud for surviving, laying... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...with weeks or days of normalcy in between. The nature of her illness is beyond Denny. Enzo says the screaming fits and anguish are things only dogs and women understand, because... (full context)
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Denny begs Eve to see a doctor and get medication, but she refuses. Denny doesn't understand,... (full context)
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Enzo understands Denny's frustration at his inability to do anything, likening it to being locked in a soundproof... (full context)
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Denny cuts back hours at work so he can take over the running of the household,... (full context)
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Enzo says that Denny simply delegated his love-giving of Eve to Enzo. When Eve experienced episodes, Denny would take... (full context)
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Through the winter, Eve loses weight and becomes drawn and pale. Despite Denny's concern, Eve continues to refuse to see a doctor. One evening after dinner, Enzo notes... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...they moved into their house, Enzo had a crow experience that made them hate him. Denny always picks up Enzo's excrement in little bags and leaves the smaller bags in a... (full context)
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...staring at Enzo, taunting him to come out. Enzo didn't and the crows left. When Denny got home from work he questioned the mess on the deck, and Enzo says that... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Enzo says the clues were there—Denny spent the winter obsessively playing a racing video game, racing only on American circuits. He... (full context)
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...something that's already happened affect what's happening now. He wags his tail enthusiastically, happy that Denny is being selfish and looking out for himself, like a good driver needs to do. (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo to look over the girls, hugs Zoë, and kisses Eve. As he turns... (full context)
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The first two races go well for Zoë, Eve, and Enzo, but poorly for Denny, who finishes 24th and 30th. Denny is frustrated, saying over dinner one night that it's... (full context)
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...and smells anxiety, fear, and anger coming from the dining room. The argument escalates as Denny offers to make Zoë a hot dog, Eve refuses, and Zoë begins to cry. Furious,... (full context)
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...tries to cut it open, the knife slices into her left hand. Eve screams and Denny rushes to help her. He tells her she'll need stitches at the hospital, and Eve... (full context)
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Enzo leads Zoë to the living room where she turns on a kids' show. When Denny and Eve appear a few minutes later, they sit down with Zoë and watch. When... (full context)
Chapter 15
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The following weekend when Denny is away racing, Eve, Zoë, and Enzo go to stay with Trish and Maxwell. Eve's... (full context)
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As soon as they arrive, Trish and Maxwell start ragging on Denny to Eve. They stand in the kitchen drinking, and Maxwell asks Eve what she's going... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Spring and early summer pass quickly as Denny experiences victory after victory. People start coming over for dinner, and more than just Mike—racing... (full context)
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...with no explanation, although her hand injury continues to give her trouble. She regularly alerts Denny about the needs of her “fertile field,” and the two are regularly intimate and happy... (full context)
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However, things soon begin going downhill: Denny gets caught in the first turn of a race in Phoenix, and the damage done... (full context)
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One day Denny and Eve sit on the porch while Enzo soaks up the sun and Zoë plays... (full context)
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...she's afraid that the noise and excitement might give her a bad reaction. She asks Denny if he understands, and he says he does. Enzo says he does too. He says... (full context)
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Denny suggests they use a turkey baster, and Eve starts laughing uncontrollably. He continues, saying he... (full context)
Chapter 17
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They arrive at the Slippery Slabs, a series of flat slick rocks in the creek. Denny, Eve, and Zoë strip to their swimsuits, and since Zoë is old enough to navigate... (full context)
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...on the rock twice. Eve is still and Zoë sits, not knowing what to do. Denny runs to them. They make it to the hospital by early evening. (full context)
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...she’s okay, but she obviously isn't. Her words slur and she keeps nodding off, and Denny keeps waking her up. Eve, Denny, and Zoë go into the hospital and leave Enzo... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Hours later, Denny returns and lets Enzo out of the car. Denny apologizes for leaving Enzo and pulls... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo sit on the curb. Enzo knows Denny is upset and sits with him... (full context)
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Mike asks how bad it is, and Denny says the doctors might just go in and get the “mass” because it's causing Eve's... (full context)
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Denny gives Mike the keys to his house, telling him where Enzo's food is and how... (full context)
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Denny looks up at Mike and says this is why Eve didn't want to go to... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Eve stays in the hospital for weeks. Denny cares for Enzo and Zoë, and visits Eve regularly, and these tasks take up all... (full context)
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...their regimented schedule, Maxwell and Trish offer to take Zoë for a weekend to give Denny a break, and Eve supports the idea. Denny is hesitant but agrees. He and Enzo... (full context)
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After dinner, Denny stands up, takes Enzo outside, and then says he has to go see Eve, telling... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...Day weekend arrives and Zoë is very excited to start kindergarten. On the first day, Denny and Enzo walk her down the street to the bus stop and wait with other... (full context)
Chapter 23
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One evening at the hospital, Enzo listens to Denny, Maxwell, and Trish talk while Zoë works on a book of mazes. Trish and Maxwell... (full context)
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The following Saturday, Denny, Zoë, and Enzo go to Trish and Maxwell's house. The living room now has a... (full context)
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Denny calls from the back door that Eve is here, and Zoë and Enzo come inside.... (full context)
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Wandering into the kitchen, Enzo finds Denny conferencing again with Trish and Maxwell. The Twins say that they think Zoë should stay... (full context)
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After dinner, Denny takes Zoë outside to talk and tells her that Eve would like it if she... (full context)
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Later that night, Enzo finds Denny sitting with Eve, saying that he wants to stay too. Eve says no, and Denny... (full context)
Chapter 24
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For the first few weeks, Denny visits Eve and Zoë nightly, but by Thanksgiving, he only visits twice per week. Denny... (full context)
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...Zoë to a school near their home, since commuting is a burden for them, but Denny refuses. Maxwell counters by offering to pay for private school, but Denny remains firm, and... (full context)
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Occasionally, Denny keeps Zoë overnight during the week and he and Enzo get to walk her to... (full context)
Chapter 25
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In February, Denny, Zoë, and Enzo take a trip to a cabin in north-central Washington owned by a... (full context)
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Around the fire pit one night, Enzo notices that Denny has an admirer, Annika. She is a young teenager whom Denny apparently met years ago,... (full context)
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...since it hasn't overcome adversity to do so. Finishing, Enzo says that to truly tell Denny's story, as Denny is a true champion, he must include his missteps and failings. (full context)
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Near the end of the week, the weather reports become unpleasant, and Denny decides he needs to leave early. Annika, coincidentally, decides she too needs to leave early,... (full context)
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The drive is horrendous. Roads are closed and Denny is forced to take detours. After seven hours, Denny asks Annika to call her parents... (full context)
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...of a lab.” Still on the phone, Annika tells her parents that she'll stay with Denny that night. Denny is confused, but doesn't object. Enzo tells the reader he doesn't know... (full context)
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After they arrive home, Denny puts Zoë to bed, changes his clothes, and pulls out a beer. Annika asks to... (full context)
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Enzo says he has to believe that what Annika did was without Denny's consent. Finally, thinking of how he failed to protect Zoë's toys from the zebra, Enzo... (full context)
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Annika darkens and says she thought Denny liked her. Denny implores her to put her robe on, telling her he'll take her... (full context)
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...a while later, puts on her own clothes in the bathroom, and sits down with Denny. He offers to take her home, but she says she already called her father to... (full context)
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...of dying while she and Zoë remain with Trish and Maxwell, but Enzo says that Denny is allowing himself one diversion. He received a job offer to drive cars for a... (full context)
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The track is beautiful, new, and well maintained. After they arrive, Denny and Enzo go out to jog on the track and Denny explains that he's looking... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo cruise onto the track and take several slow laps as Denny studies the... (full context)
Chapter 27
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On the first of May, Denny and Enzo are invited to Trish and Maxwell's for dinner. Eve is absent, and Enzo... (full context)
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Returning to the living room, Enzo waits with Denny until Eve comes out of the bathroom, assisted by a nurse. Eve is radiant, dressed... (full context)
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Eve sits on the sofa while Denny gets Zoë ready for bed. Eve calls Enzo to her and scratches his ears. She... (full context)
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...around her accepted her diagnosis, there was no way to stop it from coming true. Denny and Enzo leave, and rather than sleep in the car, Enzo watches Seattle go by... (full context)
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The next morning, Denny and Enzo, unaware of Eve's passing, head to a dog park to play fetch. As... (full context)
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Enzo, for the first time and the last time in his life, runs away from Denny. He runs through the park fence, looking for untamed wilderness as he experiences waves of... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...the park was selfish, it was possibly the most merciful thing he could've done for Denny given what they were going to find once they arrived at Trish and Maxwell's house.... (full context)
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Denny comes out of the house and embraces Zoë. Trish says that she and Maxwell will... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo are perplexed, and Denny tells Trish and Maxwell they can't have custody. Trish... (full context)
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Zoë returns to the adults and crawls into Denny's lap. Enzo watches Denny's face change, and Denny tells Zoë to pack her things, telling... (full context)
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Maxwell, shaking with anger, starts asking Denny how he's going to care for Zoë, and asks if she gets sick if Denny... (full context)
Chapter 31
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The next day, Zoë insists on going to school. Denny and Enzo drive her to school and then continue to a coffee shop. Denny purchases... (full context)
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The man tells Denny that this consultation will cost him an oil change, and then asks for the paperwork.... (full context)
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The man instructs Denny to call Trish and Maxwell and direct all correspondence to him as Denny's lawyer. He... (full context)
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The man, whom Denny calls Mark, says that oil changes won't cut it. Denny replies that this is his... (full context)
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Mark suggests Denny take time off, but Denny refuses, saying he needs to work and keep moving, and... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...into the lobby as well. Mike is at the counter and the officers ask for Denny, telling Mike they have a warrant for his arrest. Mike, very uncomfortable, tells them Denny... (full context)
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Denny introduces himself and politely asks the officers what they want and asks to see the... (full context)
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Mike asks what Denny is being arrested for, and the officers wait for Denny to answer. Denny finally says... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Enzo explains to the reader that what happened to Denny concerning the custody suit and the criminal rape charges weren't witnessed by Enzo directly. He... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Enzo begins to relate his story. He says the police took Denny to a small windowed room inside an office, just like on Law and Order. After... (full context)
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Then, Mark Fein burst in, started shouting, and bailed out Denny. On the street, Mark demanded to know what the charge was about, and Denny replied... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...brain information on body position and emotions, and restricting information is foolish. Enzo says that Denny's hands shook often after Eve's death, and it was unsettling to them both. (full context)
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Later that night, Mike and Tony bring Enzo to Denny's house. Denny tells them he doesn't want to talk about what's happening, and can't anyway.... (full context)
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Heading into the kitchen, Enzo worries that Denny lied and they do have a gas oven, but Denny goes to the cupboard and... (full context)
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Later, Denny appears in the doorway and tells Enzo he put the booze away. He returns to... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...life. Eve has only been dead a few days, but since she died Enzo and Denny have been inside doing nothing. Denny and Enzo leave for a walk and Enzo thinks... (full context)
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Enzo and Denny walk north and once they reach the park, Denny unclips Enzo's leash and lets him... (full context)
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...he notices Zoë. He says the light switch in his head came on, and that Denny had dressed for the event. They approach the milling group, but as they get close,... (full context)
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One of Eve's brothers calls Denny a child molester, and Denny doesn't budge. Zoë reaches them and jumps into Denny's arms.... (full context)
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Trish whispers to Denny that he must've been very lonely to take advantage of a fifteen-year-old, and Denny abruptly... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Returning to the present, Denny takes Enzo to the vet where he is diagnosed with hip dysplasia and prescribed anti-inflammatory... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Due to the criminal charges against Denny, Trish and Maxwell are granted a temporary restraining order that means Denny isn't allowed to... (full context)
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...for Enzo's whereabouts, leading Trish and Maxwell to panic when Zoë asks to see him. Denny tells Mark that for the story, Enzo is staying with Mike and Tony, and Mike... (full context)
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When Mike brings Enzo back to Denny on Saturday evening, Denny eagerly pesters Mike for updates on Zoë. Mike tells Denny she's... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Denny was offered several jobs throughout the summer that he was unable to accept since he... (full context)
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One weekend that summer, Denny finds a teaching job in Spokane, and Mike arranges for Enzo to spend the weekend... (full context)
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Enzo, stunned, thinks that despite their clever tricks, they don't understand Denny's persistence. He continues to fume and decides that Trish and Maxwell are now the Evil... (full context)
Chapter 40
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When September arrives, Denny's court date arrives with it. Denny leaves in the morning wearing a suit and returns... (full context)
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After thinking for a moment, Zoë asks if it was her grandparents who accused Denny. She stares into her bowl of ice cream and says that she made Trish and... (full context)
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Later, the doorbell rings and Mark Fein is there to pick up Zoë. Mark reminds Denny that this is a victory and lays out the custody arrangement, where Denny gets Zoë... (full context)
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...finally understands that the trial that day had been only about Zoë's custody and not Denny's criminal charges, and that the trial had been put off while all the lawyers took... (full context)
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Denny abides by the custody arrangement and takes Zoë to museums, zoos, and the aquarium, and... (full context)
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One day at the karts, the teen on duty asks Denny if he's going to take Zoë to Spanaway, an outdoor go-kart course, telling Denny that... (full context)
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Enzo notes that Denny has a secret. He says that while Trish and Maxwell may restrict Denny's access to... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Spring has come, and Enzo is with Denny at an outdoor cafe, meeting with Mark Fein. Enzo sleeps and notes that the passersby... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Mark Fein suggested to Denny that if he quit his claim to Zoë, the criminal charges would disappear. Mark said... (full context)
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Enzo relates an experience watching one of Denny's races long ago, where, on the second to last lap, Denny was in third, but... (full context)
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Not long after Denny pays his account with Mark Fein, Mark is appointed to be a circuit judge. Enzo... (full context)
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...of mind attracted the car to him. It's snowing in the evening as he and Denny walk home from Volunteer Park, and Enzo is unsettled by the snow. Denny allows Enzo... (full context)
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...is for wanting to become a man when he was just hit by a car. Denny tries to settle Enzo and speak with the driver, a shaken teenager. Denny asks the... (full context)
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As Enzo lies in the backseat of Denny's car on the way to the vet that night, it occurs to him that Ayrton... (full context)
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...asleep. When he wakes, groggy, he hears things like “dysplasia,” “chronic arthritis,” and “pain threshold.” Denny carries him to the lobby, where he continues to understand only snippets of conversation, especially... (full context)
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The tech calls for Denny and tells him his card has been declined. Denny offers another card, which also doesn't... (full context)
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At home, Denny sits on his bed with Enzo and tells Enzo that he can't keep going. He... (full context)
Chapter 49
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A few weeks later, Denny and Enzo go to Mike and Tony's house. Tony is out, but Mike and Denny... (full context)
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...inside all of us and is our fears and the worst parts of humans. As Denny moves the pen towards the documents, Enzo says he knows it's not really Denny signing.... (full context)
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...he's still on, snatches the papers off the table and proceeds to lead Mike and Denny on a low-speed chase through the house. They finally corner him in the living room,... (full context)
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At this, Mike and Denny finally laugh. Enzo goes to Denny, and Mike suggests calling Mr. Lawrence for another copy,... (full context)
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When they get home, Denny bathes Enzo and then puts on one of Enzo's favorite races, the 1984 Grand Prix... (full context)
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...hips had healed poorly after being hit by the car, but vowing to not cost Denny any more money, he ignored the pain as much as he could. Denny had been... (full context)
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One day near the end of July, while Denny is out on the track with a student, a red Ferrari pulls up to the... (full context)
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Denny and Luca, after a cool-down lap, return to the paddock and the students fawn over... (full context)
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Luca drives away, and Don appears to ask Denny how it went. He tells Denny that Luca's been interested in him for years and... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...having more trouble with his hips and has developed a mild case of urinary incontinence. Denny begins coming home on his lunch break to take Enzo out, telling Enzo that the... (full context)
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Suddenly, Denny and Enzo stop as they notice Annika, now 17 or 18, sitting at a café... (full context)
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As they reach Annika's table, Denny acts surprised and greets her. Annika, also acting surprised, greets Denny and Enzo. Enzo greets... (full context)
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Denny apologizes and implores Annika to not take Zoë away from him, and then he and... (full context)
Chapter 52
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An elderly couple stands in Denny's doorway, and Enzo tells the reader that he doesn't recognize them at all. Denny embraces... (full context)
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The woman whispers in the man's ear, and the man says to Denny that his mother would like to use the washroom. Denny offers to show her, but... (full context)
Chapter 53
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that if he'd known he was meeting Denny's parents, he would've greeted them differently. Enzo says that they stayed for three days, and... (full context)
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On the final night of their visit, Denny's father hands Denny an envelope and tells Denny to open it. Denny asks what it... (full context)
Chapter 55
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Thanks to Mike's prodding questions, Enzo learns the story of Denny's parents over the next few days. His mother began going blind when Denny was a... (full context)
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Denny's parents hadn't paid for the testing program in France or contributed to his sponsorship for... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...on the second day they selected the jury. Both days, Mike and Tony arrived at Denny's apartment in the morning, Mike to escort Denny to court while Tony stayed behind to... (full context)
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On the third morning, Tony, Mike, and Denny are all tense, as this was the day that would decide Denny's future. Enzo says... (full context)
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...to ask, and continues that when Annika was done, nobody in the courtroom except for Denny was sure he hadn't assaulted Annika. (full context)
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Pausing, Enzo then says that Denny did nothing to Annika, but that it was clear that she loved Denny and offered... (full context)
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Enzo wakes to hear Denny's voice saying it's over. Denny continues and says that Annika recanted. Mike hugs Denny, and... (full context)
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The following day, Mr. Lawrence calls to tell Denny that Trish and Maxwell have dropped their custody suit, but requested 48 hours with Zoë... (full context)
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As Denny works, the phone rings, and he answers it on speaker. Enzo hears Luca Pantoni's voice.... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Denny asks Luca why he's made such a generous offer. Luca tells Denny that when his... (full context)
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The morning of Zoë's arrival, Enzo hears Denny in the kitchen making breakfast. Enzo thinks about death, and thinks that while many think... (full context)
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When Enzo reaches the kitchen Denny asks him how he's feeling, and Enzo silently replies that he feels like shit. Denny... (full context)
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Enzo goes to Denny and Denny scratches Enzo's ears. Enzo's legs buckle and he falls. Denny turns off the... (full context)
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...said that a dog will be reincarnated as a man. Enzo says he's ready, but Denny will be very sad. Denny tells Enzo that if he needs to go, he can... (full context)
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Denny tells Enzo he loves him, and Enzo takes a few steps into the field. He... (full context)
Imola, Italy
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The man and his child walk toward Denny and Zoë. The man says they're Denny's biggest fans and that his son worships Denny.... (full context)
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The man looks at the program and asks what Denny wrote, and Denny replies that it's his phone number, and when the boy, Enzo, is... (full context)