The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Enzo Character Analysis

The canine narrator of the story; a lab mix. Enzo is owned by Denny, and later Eve and their daughter Zoë as well. Enzo believes his father was an Airedale Terrier because he believes terriers are smart and thinking dogs, and Enzo sees himself as extremely intelligent. However human he wants to be, though, he consistently remarks that he is a dog and will use that to his advantage. He is extremely loyal and does whatever he can to protect his family, including protecting them from the zebra. Through the many hours he spends watching television, Enzo learns as much as he can about humans and dedicates himself to becoming as human-like as possible. Enzo sometimes gets to accompany Denny to the racetrack, which he loves, and while they're at home, the two spend a lot of time watching old race videos of Denny as well as of past racing greats. This immersion in the world of racing leads Enzo to develop a life philosophy based around racing, which he shares with the reader throughout the novel.

Enzo Quotes in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The The Art of Racing in the Rain quotes below are all either spoken by Enzo or refer to Enzo. 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. And while I occasionally step over the line and into the melodramatic, it is what I must do in order to communicate clearly and effectively. In order to make my point understood without question. I have no words I can rely on because, much to my dismay, my tongue was designed long and flat and loose, and therefore, is a horribly ineffective tool for pushing food around my mouth while chewing, and an even less effective tool for making clever and complicated polysyllabic sounds that can be linked together to form sentences.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 1
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After the 1993 Grand Prix, the best thing I've ever seen on TV is a documentary that explained everything to me, made it all clear, told the whole truth: when a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television, Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 2
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Chapter 6 Quotes

And while I greatly resented the attention Eve lavished on her unborn baby, in retrospect, I realize I had never given her a reason to lavish that same attention on me.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 23
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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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But I hadn't a facile tongue. So all I could do was watch and feel empty inside; Eve had assigned me to protect Zoë no matter what, but no one had been assigned to protect Eve. And there was nothing I could do to help her.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve, Zoë
Page Number: 37
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Chapter 8 Quotes

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 12 Quotes

Demon. Gremlin. Poltergeist. Ghost. Phantom. Spirit. Shadow. Ghoul. Devil. People are afraid of them so they relegate their existence to stories, volumes of books that can be closed and put on the shelf or left behind at a bed and breakfast; they clench their eyes shut so they will see no evil. But trust me when I tell you that the zebra is real. Somewhere, the zebra is dancing.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Zoë's Zebra, the Demon
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 15 Quotes

She rarely called me by my name. They do that in prisoner of war camps, I've heard. Depersonalization.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Trish (speaker)
Page Number: 85
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.
I am ready.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 19 Quotes

Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 101
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Chapter 23 Quotes

So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is comprised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 119
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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

The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles—preferably of his own making—in order to triumph. A hero without a flaw is of no interest to an audience or to the universe, which, after all, is based on conflict and opposition, the irresistible force meeting the unmovable object.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 135
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Chapter 28 Quotes

I needed to feel myself, understand myself and this horrible world we are all trapped in, where bugs and tumors and viruses worm their way into our brains and lay their putrid eggs that hatch and eat us alive from the inside out.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve
Page Number: 164
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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 33 Quotes

My intent, here, is to tell our story in a dramatically truthful way. While the facts may be less than accurate, please understand that the emotion is true. The intent is true. And, dramatically speaking, intention is everything.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Page Number: 196
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Chapter 37 Quotes

I thought of Eve and how quickly she embraced her death once the people around her agreed to it; I considered the foretelling of my own end, which was to be full of suffering and pain, as death is believed to be by most of the world, and I tried to look away.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker), Eve
Page Number: 218
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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 49 Quotes

When it rained, it never rained on Senna.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Rain, Ayrton Senna
Page Number: 268
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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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Chapter 56 Quotes

But sometimes the truth is hidden in a hall of mirrors. Sometimes we believe we are viewing the real thing, when in fact we are viewing a facsimile, a distortion. As I listen to this trial, I am reminded of the climactic scene of a James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond escaped his hall of mirrors by breaking the glass, shattering the illusions, until only the true villain stood before him. We, too, must shatter the mirrors. We must look into ourselves and root out the distortions until that thing which we know in our hearts is perfect and true, stands before us. Only then will justice be served.

Related Characters: Enzo (speaker)
Related Symbols: Television
Page Number: 301
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Chapter 1
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Enzo is old, but he says he doesn't really want to get any older. He believes... (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... (full context)
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Denny places Enzo in the bathtub and apologizes for being late. Denny trails off, and Enzo realizes that... (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... (full context)
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Enzo says that Denny is as good as Senna, but nobody notices Denny because he has... (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 apartment. They only go... (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... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Enzo goes back in time in his narration to tell the story leading up to the... (full context)
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Enzo says he's sure his father was a terrier, because terriers are problem solvers who will... (full context)
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The day that Enzo left the farm, it was extremely hot. As he and his littermates tussled, a hand... (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... (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 in an... (full context)
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Enzo watches Eve and Denny have sex for the first time, saying that Eve said "the... (full context)
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Enzo says that he tried to act nonchalant because he knew how much Denny loved Eve,... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Enzo pauses the narrative to lament his lack of thumbs, beginning by saying that monkeys, practically... (full context)
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Enzo says he watches too much TV. Denny turns it on in the morning when he... (full context)
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Many shows discuss Darwin at length. The educational shows Enzo's watched on evolution are very well thought out and researched in Enzo's opinion, although he... (full context)
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Enzo's theory is that primates are not the closest relatives to humans, as those on TV... (full context)
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Enzo believes that the domestication of dogs is motivated by the fear that if left to... (full context)
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Enzo's second case-in-point is the werewolf. When the man steps out of the forest on the... (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... (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 attend. Eve's... (full context)
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After the family returns from the wedding, Enzo notices that Eve is much bolder in her moving and replacing of household things. Enzo,... (full context)
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Enzo resents the attention Eve pays to the unborn baby, but in retrospect, he realizes that... (full context)
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Enzo describes how Eve interacts with the baby before it is born, touching it through her... (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... (full context)
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Regardless, the timing is wrong according to Enzo. On race day, a week before she is due, Eve feels contractions and calls her... (full context)
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Eve puts a hand down and lets it dangle. Enzo doesn't want to assume she is calling him, but catches her eye and knows she... (full context)
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...changes when he holds the baby, whom they name Zoë after Eve's grandmother. Denny asks Enzo if he sees his little angel, to which Enzo mentally replies that he practically birthed... (full context)
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...Maxwell, had been in the apartment since Zoë's birth to care for her and Eve. Enzo begins calling them “the Twins” because they dress exactly the same and both smell of... (full context)
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Enzo isn't sure what's going on. Denny is distraught, and later when Mike comes over for... (full context)
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...shop that only worked on expensive German cars. Denny likes this job, but he and Enzo don't get to spend weekends together anymore. Some weekends, Denny teaches at high-performance driver's education... (full context)
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...Zoë but Eve insists on putting Zoë in daycare. With everyone out of the house, Enzo is left home alone. He spends the hours napping and staring out the window at... (full context)
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...the weather on the television in the morning and forgets to turn the TV off. Enzo is enthralled with the Weather Channel. He says it's not about weather, but rather it's... (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo what he's watching, as though he's asking Eve or Zoë. Eve and Zoë are in... (full context)
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Enzo says that he watched plenty of TV prior to this moment, but only when others... (full context)
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Being so immersed in his education, Enzo loses count of the weeks and is surprised when Zoë's second birthday arrives. Denny and... (full context)
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...shows it to Eve, she starts to cry. They laugh and cry, and Denny shows Enzo the photo. It's of a house. Enzo is confused, but very soon there are boxes... (full context)
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...day when Denny comes home from work, he greets Eve and Zoë and then takes Enzo outside to play fetch. When Zoë grows big enough, she and Enzo run and Enzo... (full context)
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Partially, Enzo doesn't want to give Eve anything to worry about because he can tell she’s sick.... (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 enduro race... (full context)
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...they watch, Denny strategically passes a Camaro, and Denny translates his strategy for Eve and Enzo. Eve remarks that Denny is driving as though the track isn't wet. (full context)
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...watches for another minute before standing up and leaving for the kitchen while Denny and Enzo continue to watch. (full context)
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Denny says nothing more as he and Enzo keep watching, but Enzo mulls over what Denny just said. It's a simple concept, he... (full context)
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Eve is self-conscious about Enzo's presence, but Enzo believes she simply doesn't understand his intentions. As she gets caught up... (full context)
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...France for an expensive testing program, which Denny told Mike his parents had paid for. Enzo had his doubts, but decided it didn't matter. Regardless, Denny had done very well because... (full context)
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...Channel. Zoë drives around in her little racecar and pretends to be a champion, and Enzo is so excited he spends time doing "idiotic dog things" like chasing things and digging... (full context)
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...of the race in so much pain that she vomits repeatedly. She speaks candidly to Enzo, saying she doesn't know what's wrong with her. Enzo notes that the last time she... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Enzo takes a break from the story to discuss some racing strategy and theory. Ideally, a... (full context)
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...to be, is still in control of the car and can still complete the race. Enzo finishes, saying that if the driver's manifesting is good, he may even win. (full context)
Chapter 11
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Returning to the narrative, Enzo takes stock of his situation, locked in the house alone. He thinks that Eve is... (full context)
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On the second night, Enzo says, he thinks he started hallucinating after eating some long-forgotten yogurt remnants on Zoë's high... (full context)
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Seeing Enzo, the zebra begins to dance and then starts sexually assaulting one of Zoë's Barbie dolls.... (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... (full context)
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Hearing crying, Enzo and Eve look over and see Zoë weeping in the hallway and Eve rushes to... (full context)
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Denny's towering anger fills the room, and he rises up and strikes Enzo on the head, yelling "bad dog!" When he moves to hit Enzo again, Eve protects... (full context)
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Enzo slinks towards Zoë, understanding her pain since he knows so much about her fantasy world.... (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... (full context)
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Enzo, brimming with anticipation, says he loves when Denny talks like this, dragging out the drama.... (full context)
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...most of six months away from home. He asks if he's willing to do that. Enzo is torn. He thinks about how much Denny loves racing, but he notes the pit... (full context)
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Denny says he can't believe Eve left Enzo for days, even if she did have a virus that made her unable to think.... (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 his head... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Enzo describes Eve's condition as elusive and unpredictable: one day headaches, the next nausea, another dizziness... (full context)
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...see a doctor and get medication, but she refuses. Denny doesn't understand, as Eve and Enzo do, that a doctor couldn't actually explain or treat the true cause of her illness. (full context)
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Enzo understands Denny's frustration at his inability to do anything, likening it to being locked in... (full context)
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Enzo notes that sometimes, bad things happen to racecars in the middle of races, like losing... (full context)
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...stress. This does not, however, allow him to continue to engage Eve in physical affection. Enzo believes that Denny's prioritization was appropriate. (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says he sees green as gray and red as black, but... (full context)
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Enzo says that Denny simply delegated his love-giving of Eve to Enzo. When Eve experienced episodes,... (full context)
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Enzo discusses demons, ghosts, phantoms, and spirits. He says people are afraid of them and therefore... (full context)
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...Despite Denny's concern, Eve continues to refuse to see a doctor. One evening after dinner, Enzo notes the odd occurrence that Denny and Eve both appeared naked in their bedroom. They... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Crows are sinister bastards, according to Enzo. Since they're the smaller cousin of the raven, they're resentful of being genetically dwarfed. Enzo... (full context)
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Not long after they moved into their house, Enzo had a crow experience that made them hate him. Denny always picks up Enzo's excrement... (full context)
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...in a neighbor's fountain and then returned, angry, and sat on the lawn staring at Enzo, taunting him to come out. Enzo didn't and the crows left. When Denny got home... (full context)
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Enzo says the clues were there—Denny spent the winter obsessively playing a racing video game, racing... (full context)
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Enzo mentally collects himself, saying that he's a racer at heart, and racers never let something... (full context)
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Denny asks Enzo to look over the girls, hugs Zoë, and kisses Eve. As he turns away, Eve... (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... (full context)
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Enzo hears Eve stand and gather plates and tell Zoë to eat her nuggets. Zoë declares... (full context)
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...vehemently refuses. Denny groans and agrees to try to fix it at home. Zoë and Enzo stand in the doorway, watching, and Denny asks Zoë if she can find bandages for... (full context)
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Enzo leads Zoë to the living room where she turns on a kids' show. When Denny... (full context)
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Enzo leaves, feeling as though they'd resolved their issues. He looks for dropped food in the... (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 hand is bandaged, which Enzo thinks means... (full context)
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...wonders where they went wrong with Eve. After a minute of silence, Trish comments that Enzo is watching Maxwell. Maxwell offers Enzo a pepper, which he takes, despite the fact that... (full context)
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The pepper is unpleasant—Enzo swallows quickly, thinking his stomach acid will take care of the unpleasant sensation, but it... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...man from Ferrari who is in town visiting Don Kitch, Jr., Seattle's best racing tutor. Enzo begins spending time in the dining room, against his personal code, to be closer to... (full context)
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...says it was his for being where he could get hit. Despite this, Denny, Eve, Enzo, and Zoë are crushed. Enzo says they came so close to greatness, and greatness smells... (full context)
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One day Denny and Eve sit on the porch while Enzo soaks up the sun and Zoë plays in the sprinkler. Eve suggests that maybe “it”... (full context)
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...her a bad reaction. She asks Denny if he understands, and he says he does. Enzo says he does too. He says the track is such an energetic experience, noisy and... (full context)
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...leave a cupful of babies in the fridge for her, and Eve continues to laugh. Enzo doesn't understand the joke. Eve gets up, goes in the house, and returns with the... (full context)
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Enzo begins, saying the car goes where your eyes go. The family goes to Denny Creek... (full context)
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...Denny stands downstream and they slide Zoë down the rocks as she splashes and laughs. Enzo says that people and dogs love repetition because even though each incident is similar, it's... (full context)
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...Denny keeps waking her up. Eve, Denny, and Zoë go into the hospital and leave Enzo in the car with the windows cracked. He curls up and sleeps. (full context)
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Stepping out of the narrative, Enzo tells the reader that in Mongolia, when a dog dies, they bury him high in... (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 out a package of... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo sit on the curb. Enzo knows Denny is upset and sits with him quietly. Enzo... (full context)
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Enzo then tells the reader why he'll be a good person: he listens. He never interrupts... (full context)
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...out if he were Denny. Denny says he is freaking out, and both Mike and Enzo say that they can't tell, which is probably what makes Denny such a good driver. (full context)
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Denny gives Mike the keys to his house, telling him where Enzo's food is and how to ask Enzo to find his dog, his favorite toy. After... (full context)
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Mike takes Enzo to the house to get Enzo's things. He asks, "where's your dog?" as instructed, which... (full context)
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...asks how it was, and Mike pours a drink in response. Mike's wife picks up Enzo's dog and asks if they have to keep it, and Mike sighs that everyone needs... (full context)
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Enzo wants to hate Tony and everyone else for splitting up his family and washing his... (full context)
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Because he's a dog, Enzo doesn't get to go to the hospital to hear what the doctors have to say... (full context)
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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 of his time.... (full context)
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...Denny a break, and Eve supports the idea. Denny is hesitant but agrees. He and Enzo do everything they used to do—jogging, watching movies, ordering pizza, watching racing tapes. They go... (full context)
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After dinner, Denny stands up, takes Enzo outside, and then says he has to go see Eve, telling Enzo to stay. Enzo... (full context)
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The Tuesday after Zoë's weekend with Trish and Maxwell, she and Enzo play in the back yard. After running around for a while, she calls Enzo over... (full context)
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...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 parents and... (full context)
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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.... (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 fancy moveable bed... (full context)
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Denny calls from the back door that Eve is here, and Zoë and Enzo come inside. Trish and an unknown man help a “mannequin” with dead eyes into the... (full context)
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...and shows everyone her scars, and, wearing her own dress rather than the hospital gown, Enzo says she looks almost normal. Eve tries to read a book to Zoë but can't... (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... (full context)
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...and remarks that Grandma and Grandpa really want her to stay. Denny is upset, and Enzo notes that Zoë seems to understand what's going on despite the situation being far too... (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,... (full context)
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Everyone goes to sleep except for the nurse, who soon wakes Enzo and leads him to the garage. Enzo is puzzled, thinking that he wouldn't disturb Eve,... (full context)
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Hours later, Eve appears and calls Enzo back into the living room. She tells him she needs him and not to go... (full context)
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...Eve and Zoë nightly, but by Thanksgiving, he only visits twice per week. Denny gives Enzo positive updates on Eve, but Enzo sees her on the weekends and knows that she... (full context)
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Occasionally, Denny keeps Zoë overnight during the week and he and Enzo get to walk her to the bus stop. On these mornings, the house is filled... (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 relative of Eve's.... (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... (full context)
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Pausing the narrative, Enzo asks who Achilles is without his tendon, and says that since he himself is mute,... (full context)
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...cousins implore them to stay, but Denny insists on leaving. Zoë, in the backseat with Enzo, is frightened of the car slipping on the ice, and Enzo works himself into a... (full context)
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...they just missed the closing of a highway due to flash flooding and rock slides. Enzo thinks to himself to beware the whimsy of Fate, for she's a “mean bitch of... (full context)
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...the bathroom. He goes to his bedroom, sits down on the bed, and falls asleep. Enzo lies down and falls asleep with him. A short while later, Enzo opens his eyes... (full context)
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Enzo says he has to believe that what Annika did was without Denny's consent. Finally, thinking... (full context)
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...continues the process 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... (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 for visual... (full context)
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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 finds it... (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... (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 tells him that she knows everyone is disappointed,... (full context)
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Enzo says he doesn't know everything, but he knew that Eve was right about the doctors... (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 Denny and... (full context)
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Enzo, for the first time and the last time in his life, runs away from Denny.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Enzo tells the reader that while what he did in the park was selfish, it was... (full context)
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Denny and Enzo are perplexed, and Denny tells Trish and Maxwell they can't have custody. Trish tries to... (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 her they're... (full context)
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In a pause in the narrative, Enzo discusses driving strategy. He says that sometimes, a driver being chased by another competitor will... (full context)
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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 coffee and... (full context)
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...but Denny refuses, saying he needs to work and keep moving, and that he's taking Enzo with him to work today. As he gathers his things, Mark tells Denny that watching... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Enzo spends the day in the garage, feeling anxious in what he deems a very human... (full context)
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...offers them a car wash, which they refuse. The officers go into the lobby and Enzo goes through the doors into the lobby as well. Mike is at the counter and... (full context)
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...dragging out the drama. They finally answer, "the one you raped," and lead Denny away. Enzo remarks to the reader that he despised the cop for what he was doing, but... (full context)
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Enzo explains to the reader that what happened to Denny concerning the custody suit and the... (full context)
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Enzo begins to relate his story. He says the police took Denny to a small windowed... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that hands are the windows to a man's soul, and you can... (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... (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... (full context)
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Later, Denny appears in the doorway and tells Enzo he put the booze away. He returns to the living room and Enzo joins him,... (full context)
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Enzo and Denny walk north and once they reach the park, Denny unclips Enzo's leash and... (full context)
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...to them and tells her sons to leave, and then tries to reason with Denny. Enzo notices that Denny's eyes are full of tears, and Zoë tells him that it's okay... (full context)
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...lonely to take advantage of a fifteen-year-old, and Denny abruptly tells Zoë that he and Enzo will watch from a spot far away. Denny and Enzo walk to a hill top... (full context)
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The following morning, Enzo finds that he can barely move. He says that by now he's eight years old,... (full context)
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Enzo explains that he learned his hips were abnormal very young, when he became old enough... (full context)
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Enzo continues and says that he doesn't know why Eve distrusted medicine, but his own distrust... (full context)
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When Doc applied salve to the wounds, he whispered to Enzo that it's a mean bastard who won't pay for anesthetic, but Enzo tells the reader... (full context)
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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 medication. On... (full context)
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...restraining order that means Denny isn't allowed to see Zoë for several months. Denny and Enzo are wracked with grief. Mark Fein negotiates a letter exchange between Denny and Zoë, and... (full context)
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The made up story, while successful, forgot to account for Enzo's whereabouts, leading Trish and Maxwell to panic when Zoë asks to see him. Denny tells... (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... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Denny was offered several jobs throughout the summer that... (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 with Zoë, Trish, and Maxwell. The night that Enzo arrives, he... (full context)
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The following afternoon, as Enzo naps on the porch while Trish and Maxwell drink their afternoon cocktails, he overhears their... (full context)
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Enzo, stunned, thinks that despite their clever tricks, they don't understand Denny's persistence. He continues to... (full context)
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When Maxwell opens the door to let Enzo outside later that night, Enzo thinks about what Maxwell is doing to Enzo's family. Enzo... (full context)
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...in the morning wearing a suit and returns late in the afternoon. He smiles at Enzo, and behind him is Zoë. The family spends a joyous afternoon playing, and after dinner,... (full context)
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Enzo finally understands that the trial that day had been only about Zoë's custody and not... (full context)
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In another narrative pause, Enzo introduces the reader to a forgotten historical driver, Luigi Chinetti. Chinetti is best known for... (full context)
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...Zoë to museums, zoos, and the aquarium, and sometimes he takes her to the go-karts. Enzo says that she was just big enough to fit the first time he took her,... (full context)
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...he tries to pass her. She blocks him, again and again, and wins the race. Enzo is so happy that he doesn't mind sitting in the car while Zoë and Denny... (full context)
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Enzo notes that Denny has a secret. He says that while Trish and Maxwell may restrict... (full context)
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Spring has come, and Enzo is with Denny at an outdoor cafe, meeting with Mark Fein. Enzo sleeps and notes... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that Mark Fein suggested to Denny that if he quit... (full context)
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Enzo relates an experience watching one of Denny's races long ago, where, on the second to... (full context)
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...Denny pays his account with Mark Fein, Mark is appointed to be a circuit judge. Enzo admits he knows little about this except that it's a lifetime appointment that you don't... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he has an imaginary friend called King Karma. He says that... (full context)
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Enzo says that that winter was especially hard for him, although he's unsure if it was... (full context)
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Enzo says that looking back, his state of mind attracted the car to him. It's snowing... (full context)
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Lying on the pavement, Enzo thinks of how stupid he is for wanting to become a man when he was... (full context)
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As Enzo lies in the backseat of Denny's car on the way to the vet that night,... (full context)
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...the track at 190mph and he was killed instantly when suspension pierced his helmet. Or, Enzo suggests, he died in the helicopter en route to the hospital, or he died on... (full context)
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Enzo thinks of this on the trip to the vet, and tells the reader that if... (full context)
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At the vet, Enzo remembers the doctor manipulating his hips painfully, and then he was given a shot and... (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 tells Enzo that he can't even... (full context)
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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 sit in... (full context)
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Enzo looks more closely at the pen, which is a souvenir pen with sliding figures from... (full context)
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Enzo, thankful for the pain medication he's still on, snatches the papers off the table and... (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, but Denny tells... (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 of Monaco,... (full context)
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That summer, Enzo turns ten. His hips had healed poorly after being hit by the car, but vowing... (full context)
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...agrees, and Luca asks Denny to drive. They head off onto the track and Don, Enzo, and the students head to the bleachers to watch. Don cryptically says that Denny has... (full context)
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As winter arrives, Enzo is having more trouble with his hips and has developed a mild case of urinary... (full context)
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Suddenly, Denny and Enzo stop as they notice Annika, now 17 or 18, sitting at a café down the... (full context)
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...Annika's table, Denny acts surprised and greets her. Annika, also acting surprised, greets Denny and Enzo. Enzo greets her enthusiastically, inwardly seething. Denny asks if they can talk, asking Annika's friend... (full context)
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...apologizes and implores Annika to not take Zoë away from him, and then he and Enzo leave the girls. As they walk away, he tells Enzo that he thinks Annika heard... (full context)
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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 them, takes their... (full context)
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Enzo addresses the reader and says that if he'd known he was meeting Denny's parents, he... (full context)
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...right by Denny, but this will make it right. They leave the following morning, and Enzo notes that their visit was brief but powerful, and life will soon begin again. (full context)
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Enzo pauses for another discussion of racing strategy. He tells the reader that a driver must... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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Enzo narrates the commencement of the trial, but notes that what he is telling the reader... (full context)
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...and Denny are all tense, as this was the day that would decide Denny's future. Enzo says he later learned that Mr. Lawrence began with an impassioned opening statement, and the... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he would've asked in what way the events tormented her, by... (full context)
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Later in the afternoon, Enzo and Tony are at the cafe. Enzo is dozing as Tony pockets his cell phone.... (full context)
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Tony and Enzo escape the rain under an awning. Enzo wishes he could intervene in the courtroom, and... (full context)
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In Enzo's dream, Mr. Lawrence calls Enzo to the stand. The prosecution objects, but the judge asks... (full context)
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Pausing, Enzo then says that Denny did nothing to Annika, but that it was clear that she... (full context)
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Enzo wakes to hear Denny's voice saying it's over. Denny continues and says that Annika recanted.... (full context)
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Enzo glances around and sees Annika leaving the courthouse with her family. Enzo says he realized... (full context)
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As Denny works, the phone rings, and he answers it on speaker. Enzo hears Luca Pantoni's voice. Denny thanks him for calling and tells him that his issues... (full context)
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...Denny thanks him, and Luca welcomes Denny to Ferrari. After they say goodbye, Denny offers Enzo his cookie dough-caked fingers to lick. Denny tells Enzo that sometimes he believes. (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... (full context)
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When Enzo reaches the kitchen Denny asks him how he's feeling, and Enzo silently replies that he... (full context)
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Enzo goes to Denny and Denny scratches Enzo's ears. Enzo's legs buckle and he falls. Denny... (full context)
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Enzo tells the reader that he knows that racing in the rain is about balance, anticipation,... (full context)
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Enzo says he saw a documentary on Mongolia, which said that a dog will be reincarnated... (full context)
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Denny tells Enzo he loves him, and Enzo takes a few steps into the field. He starts running,... (full context)