The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend Character Analysis

Winton’s estranged friend appears in the essay “In the Shadow of the Hospital.” He calls Winton to ask him to visit him at Fremantle Hospital, having seen the roof of Winton’s house from his hospital window. This friend jolts Winton into considering the many people who look down from the hospital yearning for human connection, when previously he reduced the idea of the hospital to a monolith of fear and chaos.

Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend Quotes in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The The Boy Behind the Curtain quotes below are all either spoken by Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend or refer to Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend . 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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In the Shadow of the Hospital Quotes

Afterwards I often looked up at that dreary building as the sun lit its windows and thought of strangers staring out in hope and regret as the rest of us went about our day oblivious. It was sobering to think of all the yearning that spilt down amidst the treetops and roof ridges, a shadow I’d never properly considered before.

Related Characters: Tim Winton (speaker), Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend
Related Symbols: The Hospital
Page Number: 151
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Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Tim Winton’s Estranged Friend appears in The Boy Behind the Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
In the Shadow of the Hospital
Danger, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Community Theme Icon
...its effect extends beyond its immediate vicinity. One day he gets a call from an estranged friend who, in one of the wards of the hospital, can see his roof from his... (full context)