The driver for General Sternwood and his family, Taylor is in love with his employer’s daughter, Carmen. He gives her a small gun as a gift. Taylor later kills Arthur Gwynn Geiger out of jealousy as Carmen poses for the pornographic photographer in his house. Taylor steals the photo negatives, which are later stolen by Joe Brody. Later, Taylor drives himself off a pier at high speed to kill himself. The police lean on the newspapers to keep Taylor’s name out of the story about Geiger’s murder, to protect the rich and influential Sternwoods.
Owen Taylor Quotes in The Big Sleep
The The Big Sleep quotes below are all either spoken by Owen Taylor or refer to Owen Taylor. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Big Sleep published in 1939.).
Chapter 11 Quotes
He didn’t know the right people. That’s all a police record means in this rotten crime-ridden country.
Chapter 18 Quotes
Owen Taylor Character Timeline in The Big Sleep
The timeline below shows where the character Owen Taylor appears in The Big Sleep. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Marlowe calls Ohls on his office phone. Ohls has told the Sternwood butler, Norris, about Owen, and checked the chauffeur’s belongings—there is no suicide note. The chief investigator has also confirmed... (full context)
...Brody says Marlowe cannot tie him to that death. Marlowe thinks he can—he suggests that Owen killed Geiger in jealousy over Carmen, took the photo, and then Brody chased after Owen... (full context)
...Attorney Taggart Wilde’s place. The chief investigator adds he’s glad he doesn’t have to arrest Owen Taylor for killing Geiger. Ohls grabs Lundgren and looks at him with distaste as he... (full context)
...the newspapers and sees the Sternwoods have been kept out of the stories as agreed. Owen’s death is not connected to the other murders. Captain Cronjager supposedly solved the other cases—Brody... (full context)