The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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An old man who sells snacks to prisoners. During execution rehearsals, he plays the role of the condemned prisoners. While most men enjoy Toot’s French accent and humor, Paul sees him as a weaker version of Percy Wetmore, inclined to revel in violence and cruelty. During Bitterbuck’s execution rehearsal, Toot makes everyone laugh by saying vulgar jokes and exaggerating the condemned man’s pain, visibly enjoying making fun of the inmates’ suffering.

Toot-Toot Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Toot-Toot or refer to Toot-Toot. 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 Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.
Part 3: Chapter 7 Quotes

This is the real circus, I thought, closing my eyes for a second. This is the real circus right here, and we’re all just a bunch of trained mice. Then I put the thought out of my mind, and we started to rehearse.

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Page Number: 216
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Toot-Toot Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Toot-Toot appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Chapter 3
Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
...the corridor, as Dean is telling Paul about what happened with Percy the night before, Toot-Toot, who sells snacks in the prison, comes in and sees the mouse. The Pres notes... (full context)
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...and everyone laughs at the sight of the mouse eating it. Once again, though, when Toot-Toot offers the mouse a bit of bologna, the mouse refuses it. When Paul gives him... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 4
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In all execution rehearsals, Toot-Toot plays the part of the condemned. While most men find Old Toot funny, Paul sees... (full context)
Death and the Death Penalty Theme Icon
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Love, Compassion, and Healing Theme Icon
...room, where they are rehearsing the execution, Paul gives a short legal speech, Dean examines Toot-Toot’s head in order to make sure that he is well shaved and that the electric... (full context)
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Escorted closely by Paul, Dean, and Harry, Toot enters Paul’s office, where he immediately kneels down to pray. He is still loudly stating... (full context)
Death and the Death Penalty Theme Icon
The guards walk Toot to the chair after ducking through the little door that leads to it. Percy asks... (full context)
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Brutal gives Toot a short legal speech and asks him if he has anything to say. Toot makes... (full context)
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Once the laughing fit has passed, Brutal places the mask on Toot’s face and the wet sponge and steel cap on his head. He calls out: “Roll... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 8
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...wants a box for the mouse, Percy says he has seen a cigar box on Toot-Toot’s cart that could work. He offers to help Delacroix purchase it and fill it with... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 9
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Delacroix gives four cents for the cigar box but, when Toot-Toot proves reluctant to sell it, Paul and Dean contribute some more money. Toot-Toot only agrees... (full context)
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...trick that Mr. Jingles can do with a wooden spool, which Delacroix has bought from Toot-Toot. Delacroix throws the spool on the floor and, looking at the spool with disconcerting intelligence,... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 5
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Nevertheless, the next day, Wharton buys a Moon Pie from Toot-Toot and, at night, when Brutal walks the Mile to check on the prisoners, Wharton spits... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 7
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...excited at the prospect of the show, Paul gets the guards ready for rehearsal. When Toot-Toot, as usual, begins to narrate everything he is doing, saying “I’m sittin down, I’m sittin... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 5
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The men buy snacks from Toot-Toot during his last trip of the night and, in the next hours, time seems to... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 7
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...he is in the shower. Paul decides to stand in for the condemned instead of Toot-Toot, who always makes inappropriate, obscene jokes. In the middle of the procedure, Paul, unable to... (full context)