The Girl on the Train

by

Paula Hawkins

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Scott Hipwell / “Jason” Character Analysis

Scott Hipwell is Megan’s hyper-masculine and volatile husband. An IT professional who runs his own business, Scott is both possessive of Megan and technologically savvy—which means that he seeks to control her by tracking her communications and whereabouts on her phone and computer. This possessiveness exacerbates the unrooted and traumatized Megan’s desire to flee not just her marriage, but the sleepy London suburb in which she feels stifled and trapped. Scott desperately loves Megan and wants to build a life with her—yet Megan’s fear of motherhood and her inability to remain faithful lead her to treat Scott with disinterest, creating within him a strong desire for control and fealty. This leads authorities to treat Scott as a primary suspect throughout the investigation of Megan’s disappearance and, later, her murder. Scott—desperately sad, confused, and angry throughout the investigation—turns to Rachel for comfort after she reaches out to him, pretending to be one of Megan’s acquaintances from the small art gallery that Megan used to own. Scott and Rachel both drink too much and are both frantic to clear their names—and because of this, they develop a needful, strange bond, and even have regretful sex once. But when Scott realizes that Rachel has been lying to him about knowing Megan, he becomes furious and frightening, imprisoning her in his spare room before letting her go and telling her that he’d break her neck if she were “worth” the effort. Unpredictable, hot-headed, lonely, and reeling from a terrible loss, Scott’s ever-shifting attitude makes him unreliable and impossible to trust. He plays an active role as a character in sustaining the novel’s mystery and suspense.

Scott Hipwell / “Jason” Quotes in The Girl on the Train

The The Girl on the Train quotes below are all either spoken by Scott Hipwell / “Jason” or refer to Scott Hipwell / “Jason”. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of The Girl on the Train published in 2015.
Rachel: One Quotes

I know that on warm summer evenings, the occupants of this house, Jason and Jess, sometimes climb out of the large sash window to sit on the makeshift terrace on top of the kitchen-extension roof. They are a perfect, golden couple. […] While we're stuck at the red signal, I look for them. Jess is often out there in the mornings, especially in the summer, drinking her coffee. Sometimes, when I see her there, I feel as though she sees me, too, I feel as though she looks right back at me, and I want to wave.

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Page Number: 4
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Rachel: Five Quotes

I'm thinking about her now. I have to convince Scott that I knew her—a little, not a lot. That way, he'll believe me when I tell him that I saw her with another man. If I admit to lying right away, he'll never trust me. So I try to imagine what it would have been like to drop by the gallery, chat with her over a coffee. Does she drink coffee? We would talk about art, perhaps, or yoga, or our husbands. I don't know anything about art, I've never done yoga. I don't have a husband. And she betrayed hers.

Page Number: 107
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Anna: Two Quotes

We need to get away from here. We need to get away from her.

Page Number: 140
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Rachel: Eleven Quotes

Megan isn't what I thought she was anyway. She wasn't that beautiful, carefree girl out on the terrace. She wasn't a loving wife. She wasn't even a good person. She was a liar, a cheat.

She was a killer.

Page Number: 209
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Scott Hipwell / “Jason” Character Timeline in The Girl on the Train

The timeline below shows where the character Scott Hipwell / “Jason” appears in The Girl on the Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Rachel: One
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...Rachel has named the occupants of the house, whom she sometimes spies from the tracks, “Jason” and “Jess.” Jason and Jess are a “golden” couple: Jason is dark-haired and handsome. Jess... (full context)
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...on a weeknight. As the train rattles along, Rachel waits to catch a glimpse of Jason and Jess once again—but neither of them is on the deck or in the garden.... (full context)
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...It is a stifling hot morning on the train. Rachel looks out the window for Jason or Jess during the signal stop, but she cannot see either of them. She wonders... (full context)
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...thinking about Jess all day. She wonders why Jess looked so lonely this morning—and where Jason could have been. She imagines what they must be like together and all the different... (full context)
Megan: One
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...past, she wishes she were on it. As she hears the sound of her husband Scott calling out to her and asking if she wants another coffee, she feels the spell... (full context)
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...and curious after the incident in May, Megan took the childminding job at number 23. Scott was excited, hoping being around a baby so much would make Megan want to have... (full context)
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...job as a nanny for Anna and Tom Watson—finally, she feels free. She worries that Scott will be mad at her—but as a self-proclaimed “mistress of self-reinvention,” Megan only feels excitement... (full context)
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...has to fight the impulse to run away. She has decided to begin seeing a therapist—Scott recently suggested it after noticing how little she’s been sleeping. Megan, however, feels that her... (full context)
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...drugs, Megan slyly says that she has “other vices.” That evening, when she arrives home, Scott asks her how the appointment went and whether she talked to the therapist about Ben.... (full context)
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Later that evening, Scott is late coming home from work. Megan begins feeling jittery and antsy waiting for him... (full context)
Rachel: Two
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...As the train stops at the signal, Rachel looks out the window for Jess and Jason. She is shocked when she sees Jess in the yard kissing another man. Rachel feels... (full context)
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...asleep—when she wakes up at the signal, she looks out the window for Jess and Jason but cannot see either of them.  (full context)
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...to take the train to London and back just so she can try to spot Jason. As she passes number 15, she spies two figures on the porch but cannot make... (full context)
Megan: Two
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...the train whoosh past her—but none came. In the middle of the night, she left Scott alone in bed to call her therapist on the phone, but Abdic didn’t answer. Now,... (full context)
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That evening, Megan comes home to find that Scott has been on her computer, no doubt searching through her browser history and emails. Dr.... (full context)
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...would cover for Megan while Megan went somewhere else. Megan asked Tara to answer if Scott called her and say Megan was in the bathroom, and then let Megan know Scott... (full context)
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That evening, Scott asks Megan if she had fun with Tara the night before. Megan replies that she... (full context)
Rachel: Three
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...them were never enough. At the signal, Rachel looks out at number 15 and sees Jason standing on the terrace, seemingly looking right at her. She feels afraid. (full context)
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...the computer at a London library—and glimpsing Megan’s husband, whose name she now knows is Scott. As Rachel is lost in thought, the doctor returns to tell her that Cathy is... (full context)
Megan: Three
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...wishes that she could stay home watching TV, having sex, and eating junk food with Scott forever. She is dreading having to go out to therapy later this afternoon. After talking... (full context)
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...2013. Megan takes a morning walk through the woods and spies a flock of magpies. Scott is away taking a course in Sussex until tonight. Before he left, Megan told him... (full context)
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...laughing, knowing again that it wasn’t true. Now, Megan feels uneasy and unsettled. She wants Scott to come home—she feels that she needs him to ground her. (full context)
Rachel: Four
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...has been reading articles about Megan’s disappearance obsessively; she’s learned that Megan and her husband Scott argued Saturday night. Megan left the house, and Scott has told reporters that he believed... (full context)
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...detectives assigned to the case are vague. At the signal, Rachel notices two policemen in Scott’s garden. Rachel becomes determined to remember what happened on Saturday night—and to get in touch... (full context)
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...on the way to the station, and her clothes are drenched. Earlier today, she sent Scott an email after finding his address on the website for his IT business. In the... (full context)
Megan: Four
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Friday, March 8, 2013. Scott brings Megan coffee on the terrace. He kisses her neck and observes that she slept... (full context)
Rachel: Five
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...a drink in days, even though she’s increasingly anxious about not having heard back from Scott. This morning, however, Gaskill called to ask Rachel to come to the station to answer... (full context)
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...man whom she believes Megan was kissing. As she was leaving the station, she passed Scott Hipwell in the corridor—the brush filled her with fear and excitement. Rachel is now treating... (full context)
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Rachel realizes she has a new email—not from Tom, but from Scott. As Rachel scrolls through the email, she finds that she sent a second message to... (full context)
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That evening, Rachel takes the train to Witney to meet with Scott. As she approaches the suburb, she feels as if she is “driving off a cliff”—it... (full context)
Rachel: Six
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Sunday, July 21, 2013. Rachel wakes up and reflects on her meeting with Scott the day before. Yesterday, after getting off the train at Witney and making her way... (full context)
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When Scott fixed himself a drink, Rachel began feeling badly about having been the bearer of such... (full context)
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...phone rings—assumes it’ll be Tom, but when she goes to answer it, she realizes it’s Scott. Scott thanks her for her help the day before. He tells Rachel that he mentioned... (full context)
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Scott confides in Rachel about the terrible fight he and Megan had the night of the... (full context)
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...the door—but before she can make a decision about whether or not to do so, Scott opens the door, grabs her arm, and pulls her inside. (full context)
Megan: Five
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...she is feeling both abandoned and indignant. She vows not to “go quietly.” At breakfast, Scott asks her to cancel her therapy session that afternoon so that they can go to... (full context)
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Megan arrives at her therapy appointment agitated and out of breath, having ignored Scott’s calls all afternoon. When she walks into Kamal Abdic’s office, she puts her hands on... (full context)
Rachel: Seven
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Monday, July 22, 2013. Rachel recalls what happened after Scott pulled her inside. He’d chastised her for coming by when reporters and police have been... (full context)
Rachel: Eight
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...the wine down the sink. As Rachel falls into a drowsy sleep, she dreams of Scott angrily calling Megan’s name. (full context)
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...silence. After Cathy leaves, Rachel goes downstairs and watches a press conference featuring Gaskill and Scott as she eats breakfast. Rachel suddenly remembers calling Scott the day before. She retrieves her... (full context)
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...to believe Megan will never be found. Earlier this week, Rachel sent a letter to Scott admitting her problem but promising that it is under control; he hasn’t written her back... (full context)
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...to him about the night of Megan’s disappearance. Tom warns Rachel to stay away from Scott, whom he believes is dangerous—but Rachel insists that Scott isn’t responsible for Megan’s disappearance. Rachel... (full context)
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...asks what she’s been doing hanging around the Hipwells’. Rachel tells Tom that she informed Scott about Megan’s affair with her therapist—but that as an unreliable witness, she was unable to... (full context)
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...platform so she can return home. At the bottom of the steps, however, she sees Scott coming out of a convenience store across the street. She runs after him and stops... (full context)
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At the house, Scott makes tea while Rachel apologizes again for misleading him and expresses her condolences about Abdic... (full context)
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Scott asks what happened between Rachel and her ex-husband. Rachel says that Tom cheated on her... (full context)
Megan: Six
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...June 13, 2013. Megan awakes from a fitful half-sleep feeling hot and suffocated. She resents Scott’s presence in her bed—and how small her life has become. She is unable to sleep... (full context)
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That evening, while Scott thinks that Megan is at the movies with Tara, Megan goes to Kamal’s house and... (full context)
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...that she is safe with Kamal. Megan’s phone begins ringing: it is Tara, reporting that Scott has called her four times looking for Megan. Megan thanks Tara for the warning and... (full context)
Rachel: Nine
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...is about to put her phone down, she sees she has another message: it’s from Scott, left at nearly one in the morning.  (full context)
Rachel: Ten
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...her life. Last night, when Rachel got home, she drank a bit and then called Scott back—he insisted, however, that he’d called her by mistake. Rachel could hear Scott’s mother puttering... (full context)
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Now, when Rachel arrives at Scott’s house, she finds him looking disheveled and defeated. When she asks Scott about Megan’s relationship... (full context)
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As Scott collapses, sobbing, Rachel puts her hand on his neck to comfort him. She assures him... (full context)
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Scott’s mood changes quickly. He rounds on Rachel and orders her to remember something, anything, from... (full context)
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...not just because she wants to recover her lost memories—but because she is convinced that Scott is innocent, and she is determined to help him clear his name. (full context)
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...casual stroll. She gets lost in thought about the reality of her life—her entanglements with Scott and Kamal, her struggles to get sober—when suddenly, she spots a paper at a newsstand... (full context)
Rachel: Eleven
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...ringing incessantly. As she steps out of the shower, she answers and finds a frantic Scott on the other end, complaining about how he cannot go home because of all the... (full context)
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Rachel hears Cathy coming and hurries Scott into her bedroom—she explains that Cathy might ask questions about his being here. Scott tells... (full context)
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Rachel wants to discuss the case—including Megan’s pregnancy—further, but Scott is exhausted. Rachel urges him to stay at her place for the night and try... (full context)
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...a child one day. As Rachel leaves Abdic’s office, she contrasts his gentle demeanor against Scott’s rough, ragged personality. (full context)
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...2013. The next evening, Rachel is drinking on the train on her way to see Scott—he has asked her to come over. Last night, authorities recovered the remains of Megan’s first... (full context)
Megan: Seven
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...the right thing and stop seeing each other. He urges her to go home to Scott. As Megan walks home, a male jogger with headphones on bumps into her and knocks... (full context)
Rachel: Twelve
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...believes that she is in bed with Tom. She wriggles her hips against his—but when Scott speaks up and asks her to stop, Rachel is horrified. She apologizes hurriedly, and Scott... (full context)
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Later, Rachel heads downstairs. Scott has made coffee. As she walks through the house, she notices that all traces of... (full context)
Anna: Five
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...home, Anna urges Tom to figure out what’s going on with Rachel—whether she’s sleeping with Scott or using him to get closer to Anna, Tom, and Evie. Tom assures Anna that... (full context)
Rachel: Thirteen
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...Road. Now that Rachel is with Tom, she feels especially guilty for having sex with Scott. When Tom asks Rachel about her involvement with Scott, she assures him that they’re simply... (full context)
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...of clothes by the train tracks as she rides into London. She sees “Jess” and “Jason” on the terrace of number 15, chatting happily. Rachel anticipates moving forward, past number 23,... (full context)
Rachel: Fourteen
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...Rachel is preparing for a job interview that Cathy has set up for her when Scott calls her to talk about what happened between them. Rachel says that they made a... (full context)
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Rachel arrives Scott’s house to find him drunk and in a state of disarray. The house smells terrible.... (full context)
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Rachel and Scott begin arguing. Rachel insists she only wanted to help the bereaved Scott by informing him... (full context)
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Scott accuses Rachel of bringing information about him to Abdic and the authorities. Rachel insists, again,... (full context)
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...slept after a drunken, terror-filled night trying to escape memories of her harrowing encounter with Scott. After leaving Scott’s house, she left Tom a note in the mailbox of number 23... (full context)
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...in front of the TV, feeling lonely and stupid for believing that either Tom or Scott had feelings for her. She is determined, however, not to drink in an attempt to... (full context)
Megan: Eight
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...scared of the baby, but she wants it all the same—even though she’s frightened that Scott will guess that the child isn’t his. Megan is standing in the kitchen with Kamal,... (full context)
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...says that Megan doesn’t need him—she and her baby will be fine with or without Scott, whatever Megan decides to do. (full context)
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Saturday, July 13, 2013. Megan knows that she must tell Scott the truth. This time, she thinks, she wants to do everything right. When she does... (full context)
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Megan pushes her way out of the bedroom and hurries downstairs to the front door. Scott begs Megan to stay, but she warns him that if he tries to follow her,... (full context)
Rachel: Eighteen
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...a grave, and buried her. He was counting on the police pinning the murder on Scott. Tom stands, walks over to Anna, and kisses her on the head. He picks Evie... (full context)
Rachel: Nineteen
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...visits the place where Megan and Libby are buried. At the gravesite, she thinks about Scott and worries that he will never find peace. She wrote him an email a while... (full context)