The Refugees

by

Viet Thanh Nguyen

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One of the two men who serve as Liem’s hosts in “The Other Man.” Liem’s other host is Marcus Chan, with whom Parrish is in a romantic relationship. Parish is middle-aged, British, and very wealthy. He aims to try to use his money to do good in the world, like in helping with environmental causes, or taking in Liem.

Parrish Coyne Quotes in The Refugees

The The Refugees quotes below are all either spoken by Parrish Coyne or refer to Parrish Coyne. 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 Grove Press edition of The Refugees published in 2017.
The Other Man Quotes

In the darkness, he heard the rustle of mosquito netting as the others masturbated also. The next morning, everyone looked at each other blankly, and nobody spoke of what had occurred the previous evening, as if it were an atrocity in the jungle better left buried.

Related Characters: Liem, Marcus Chan, Parrish Coyne
Page Number: 28-29
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Parrish Coyne Character Timeline in The Refugees

The timeline below shows where the character Parrish Coyne appears in The Refugees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Other Man
War and the Refugee Experience Theme Icon
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Liem, a refugee, arrives at the San Diego airport and meets his sponsor, Parrish Coyne. Parrish is middle-aged and British, and upon meeting Liem, pronounces his name incorrectly. Before... (full context)
Intimacy and Isolation Theme Icon
Parrish then introduces Marcus Chan, who appears to be in his early twenties, only a few... (full context)
War and the Refugee Experience Theme Icon
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In the car on the way to Parrish’s home, Parrish asks if Liem has had a rough time getting to America. Liem casually... (full context)
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Intimacy and Isolation Theme Icon
Parrish and Marcus give some introductory information about living in San Francisco before going on to... (full context)
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The car arrives at Parrish and Marcus’s home, which is mauve. The woman at the refugee service had warned Liem... (full context)
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Liem doesn’t mention any of this in the letter he writes to his parents from Parrish’s house, only his second letter since arriving in America. He assumes that the Communists will... (full context)
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Despite the fact that Parrish refuses to let him pay rent, Liem finds a job in a liquor store. He... (full context)
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A few months into Liem’s stay, Parrish takes a trip to Washington for a conference on nuclear power. Parrish explains that the... (full context)
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After Liem and Marcus drop Parrish off, they go to Chinatown for food. Marcus explains some of his own backstory: he... (full context)
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After Marcus falls asleep, Liem sneaks out of bed and takes a shower. Parrish calls to check in, and Liem tells him that they’re doing fine. Liem then opens... (full context)