The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Patrick Character Analysis

Charlie’s other favorite person, Patrick is a senior at Charlie’s high school and Sam’s stepbrother. Charlie first befriends Patrick at a football game, and Patrick then introduces Charlie to Sam and the rest of their friend group. Patrick is one of the first people to openly appreciate Charlie and make him feel welcome, embodying the sort of acceptance that he himself doesn’t always receive, since he is gay. His nickname, “Nobody,” represents the invisibility of much of the LGBTQ community who either have to hide their identities (like Patrick’s boyfriend Brad) or are not accepted for who they are once they come out. Patrick provides one of the few examples of healthy and nontraditional masculinity in the story as a semi-open gay young man, and he shows Charlie that it’s ok for men to be sensitive.

Patrick Quotes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The The Perks of Being a Wallflower quotes below are all either spoken by Patrick or refer to Patrick. 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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Part 1 Quotes

I feel infinite.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Sam, Patrick
Related Symbols: Music
Page Number: 33
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“He’s something, isn’t he?”

Bob nodded his head. Patrick then said something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

“He’s a wallflower.”

And Bob really nodded his head. And the whole room nodded their head. And I started to feel nervous in the Bob way, but Patrick didn’t let me get too nervous. He sat down next to me.

“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Patrick (speaker)
Page Number: 37
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I had an amazing feeling when I finally held the tape in my hand. I just thought to myself that in the palm of my hand, there was this one tape that had all of these memories and feelings and great joy and sadness. Right there in the palm of my hand. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Patrick
Related Symbols: Music
Page Number: 62
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Part 3 Quotes

I don't know what it was, and I know we didn't really accomplish

anything, but it felt great to sit there and talk about our place in things. It was like when Bill told me to “participate.” I went to the homecoming dance like I told you before, but this was much more fun. It was especially fun to think that people all over the world were having similar conversations in their equivalent of the Big Boy.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 105-106
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I won't go into detail about the whole show, but I had the best time I ever had in my whole life. I'm not kidding. I got to pretend that I was singing, and I got to dance around, and I got to wear a “feather boa” in the grande finale, which I wouldn't have thought anything of because it's part of the show, but Patrick couldn't stop talking about it.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Patrick
Page Number: 110
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I could say that it was the wine or the beer that I chugged. I could also say that I had forgotten the time Mary Elizabeth asked me if I thought she was pretty. But I would be lying. The truth is that when Patrick dared me, I knew that if I kissed Mary Elizabeth, I would be lying to everyone. Including Sam. Including Patrick. Including Mary Elizabeth. And I just couldn't do it anymore. Even if it was part of a game.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth
Page Number: 135
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“You ever think, Charlie, that our group is the same as any other group like the football team? And the only real difference between us is what we wear and why we wear it?”

“Yeah?” And there was this pause.

“Well, I think it's all bullshit.”

And he meant it. It was hard to see him mean it that much.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Patrick (speaker)
Page Number: 155
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So, he said “thanks” and hugged me again. And moved in to kiss me again. And I just let him. I don't know why. We stayed in his car for a long time.

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Patrick
Page Number: 160
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Patrick Character Timeline in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The timeline below shows where the character Patrick appears in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...school, the other kids teased this boy calling him “Patty” instead of his real name, Patrick, and Patrick demanded that they call him Patrick or nothing, so they called him “Nothing.”... (full context)
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...is something he used to do with Michael. At the game, Charlie sits next to Patrick, who introduces him to Sam, another senior, who Charlie says has a pretty smile and... (full context)
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After Sam tells Patrick about Charlie’s crush on her, Patrick explains to Charlie how women are socialized to desire... (full context)
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...Bill is trying to teach him something with this book. He spends more time with Patrick and Sam, who invite him to a party after the homecoming dance. (full context)
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He tells this story to Sam and Patrick while watching Dave, now a senior, score the winning touchdown in the game. In this... (full context)
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After the homecoming dance, Charlie rides with Patrick and Sam in Sam’s pickup truck to a party, and as he sits between them... (full context)
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Describing more of the homecoming dance, Charlie explains that Patrick and Brad didn’t speak to each other, and he saw Brad dancing with a girl... (full context)
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Patrick explains to Charlie how he and Brad started seeing each other after fooling around at... (full context)
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When Brad returns from rehab, he avoids Patrick until eventually they agree to see each other sober but in secret except for parties... (full context)
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...the regular screenings of the film, and the audience participates in the performance, as well. Patrick plays Frank ‘N Furter and Sam plays Janet. Sam starts dating an older guy named... (full context)
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...time, but Charlie explains that he understands his mom’s anxiety. The next day, Sam and Patrick compliment Charlie’s new clothes, saying his mom has good taste, which he tells her after... (full context)
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As Christmas approaches, Charlie and his friends participate in a Secret Santa exchange. Charlie gets Patrick and makes him a mix tape with carefully selected music. As he collects the songs,... (full context)
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Patrick loves the mix tape, and Charlie suspects Patrick knows that Charlie is his Secret Santa.... (full context)
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At the party, Charlie meets Sam and Patrick’s parents, whom he likes a lot. He says they don’t make you feel awkward when... (full context)
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...at the party with a carefully chosen gift, even though no one except Sam and Patrick got him a gift. The most special gift is a record with the song “Something”... (full context)
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Sam and Patrick leave for Christmas, vacation and Charlie spends the day thinking about his memories of sledding.... (full context)
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...lonely and writes that he finally understands the end of the poem he read for Patrick, even though he “never wanted to.” (full context)
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...some hallucinations, and he worries that they’ll never stop. He tells this to Sam and Patrick, and Sam gives him a cigarette to calm his nerves and help him regain his... (full context)
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...things she has exposed him to like Billie Holiday records. When he invites Sam and Patrick to dinner with his family, Mary Elizabeth assumes she is invited, too, and his parents... (full context)
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...or dare, and Charlie chooses dare to avoid having to tell Mary Elizabeth the truth. Patrick dares Charlie to “kiss the prettiest girl in the room on the lips,” and Charlie... (full context)
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...Later, he calls Mary Elizabeth to apologize, but she tells him that it’s “too late.” Patrick advises Charlie to stay away for a while. He writes that his sister has a... (full context)
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While buying another stash of weed, Charlie hears about Brad’s dad catching Brad with Patrick. Brad’s dad beat him so badly that he didn’t come to school for a week.... (full context)
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...a bounce in his step, and he won’t look people in the eye. Brad ignores Patrick for most of the week until Patrick finally confronts him during lunch. Brad yells, “Faggot!”... (full context)
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...now dating an older guy who she’s happier with because he has his own opinions. Patrick quit playing Frank ‘N Furter, saying he never wanted to do it again. He watches... (full context)
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Charlie and Patrick begin spending a lot of time together, and Patrick smokes heavily and takes large amounts... (full context)
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Spending nearly every night with Patrick, Charlie explains how hard it is to see his friend hurt so much. Since he... (full context)
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Charlie explains that Patrick always begins their nights excited and ends them looking sad. At one point, they see... (full context)
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...feels so good at this moment that his earlier fear seems funny. He mentions that Patrick has stopped drinking ever since he saw Brad in the park with other men. (full context)
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All of his friends have decided on which colleges they will attend in the fall: Patrick is going to University of Washington, Sam is going to Penn State, Charlie’s sister is... (full context)
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...sister even allows him to hug her in the hall. After school, Charlie, Sam, and Patrick go to Big Boy and talk “about the things that seemed important at the time.”... (full context)
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...looked and how much fun they had there despite the bad music. Charlie’s sister and Patrick both told him that the school-organized after party was great and had a deejay playing... (full context)
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...Craig tells Sam, she leaves crying. Peter and Craig start yelling at each other, and Patrick and Charlie prevent them from getting into a fight. While they drive Peter home, he... (full context)
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...all of his friends graduation gifts, the most special of which are for Sam and Patrick. To them he gives his copies of the books that Bill assigned throughout the year... (full context)
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...the summer, they all sit together and reminisce about the year. Eventually it’s just Sam, Patrick, and Charlie, and Charlie remembers a time when he was walking in between the two... (full context)
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...as love, and he needs to show it with actions. Sam also explains that letting Patrick kiss him wasn’t being his friend because it wasn’t being honest with him. Charlie is... (full context)
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...Aunt Helen touches him the way Sam did. He wakes up to find Sam and Patrick standing over him looking worried. After they eat breakfast with Sam and Patrick’s parents, the... (full context)
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...he liked it. His brother’s praise makes Charlie feel good. Charlie also talks about how Patrick treats him the same in the hospital and cracks jokes to make him feel better.... (full context)
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...goes to McDonald’s with his mom and they eat french fries together. Later, Sam and Patrick pick him up and drive Charlie through the tunnel. Patrick turns up the radio, and... (full context)