Representative James J. Rolliver is a major figure in a minor subplot about corrupt business dealings in the Midwestern town Apex. These shady dealings help both Mr. Spragg and Elmer Moffatt become wealthy, as well as enriching the reputation of Representative Rolliver himself. James J. Rolliver’s presence in the novel helps highlight how many wealthy people built their fortunes on shaky moral ground and how rather than fighting corruption, many politicians used it to their advantage.
Representative James J. Rolliver Quotes in The Custom of the Country
The The Custom of the Country quotes below are all either spoken by Representative James J. Rolliver or refer to Representative James J. Rolliver. 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:).
Chapter 24 Quotes
“If you’d only had the sense to come straight to me, Undine Spragg!
There isn’t a tip I couldn’t have given you—not one!”
Representative James J. Rolliver Character Timeline in The Custom of the Country
The timeline below shows where the character Representative James J. Rolliver appears in The Custom of the Country. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...business dealings in Apex. Mr. Spragg himself was involved in these dealing but got out—but Representative James J. Rolliver is still involved, and he’s now a rival to the Driscolls. (full context)
...shows up at the Driscoll office before 5 PM and tells what he knows about Representative James J. Rolliver . Mr. Spragg refuses at first, so then Elmer asks him questions about his daughter’s... (full context)
...Elmer. They walk more, and Elmer mentions some Apex gossip about how Indiana Frusk got Representative James J. Rolliver to abandon his family for her. Undine marvels at this, thinking Indiana was lucky to... (full context)
...she’s newly divorced. Undine remains set on Peter, and it turns out that Indiana’s husband, Representative James J. Rolliver , knows Peter and has seen him recently. Undine thanks Indiana and offers to introduce... (full context)
...about his meeting with Elmer. He says it seems that Elmer has some connection to Representative James J. Rolliver , who runs things in Apex. Clare doesn’t care about the details—she’ll give him money... (full context)
...Mr. Spragg stepped in with his lawyers to undo the marriage, with some help from Representative James J. Rolliver . Ralph thinks back to all the ways Undine has lied to him about Elmer.... (full context)
...she often gets lonely at Saint Desert. Elmer gives some details about how he and Representative James J. Rolliver finally pulled off the Apex deal. Undine asks what he has planned next, other than... (full context)