Terry is a Welshman who plays the snake Kaa in Shadwell's production of The Jungle Book. He's about 40, an ardent Trotskyite, and possibly attracted to men. Karim attempts to seduce him throughout the novel, though Terry resists. Terry's Trotskyism insists that the upper classes will be taken down through constant revolution, which would be incited by the working classes. Karim finds this ridiculous, as his experience with the working class suggests that they really only hate those lower on the social ladder, not those higher up. Terry also struggles to support his theories when Karim asks questions about Trotskyism, which is one of the reasons why Karim never truly joins the Party. Despite their political differences, Terry is generally kind to Karim and guides him through his first few acting jobs. Terry is incensed when Matthew Pyke casts Karim instead of him, and later forces Karim to ask Pyke for money for the Party. Karim teases Terry mercilessly about his acting job in a TV show on which he plays a policeman named Sergeant Monty, as the character represents the exact opposite of Terry's political beliefs.
Terry Quotes in The Buddha of Suburbia
The The Buddha of Suburbia quotes below are all either spoken by Terry or refer to Terry. 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 Penguin edition of The Buddha of Suburbia published in 1991.).
Part 2, Chapter 10 Quotes
Terry Character Timeline in The Buddha of Suburbia
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Part 2, Chapter 10
...a political thing for him. None of the other actors stand up for Karim, even Terry who's an active Trotskyite. Shadwell reprimands Karim for holding back the cast, and Karim agrees... (full context)
...only available subject. Pyke and Karim part ways, and Karim hurries out of the pub. Terry chases Karim into the parking lot and interrogates him about his conversation with Pyke. Terry... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
...pretends to be a "class detective" and looks around the living room. He thinks that Terry must have underestimated Pyke's wealth, as the furnishings are extremely expensive. Eleanor returns as Pyke... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 16
...liberal ideas come from America—the women's movement, gay militancy, and the black rebellion—and he calls Terry ignorant. Terry insists that he just finds it strange that Karim would go after what... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18