The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Jeff Hobbs is the author and narrator of the book, and during his four years as an undergraduate at Yale University, he lived with Robert Peace. Jeff comes from a highly privileged family of Yale alumni, and in many ways his childhood is exactly the opposite of Robert’s: he never worries about money, both of his parents are around to give him love and support, and he’s confident that he’s going to go on to do great things. But in spite of their differences, Jeff and Robert get along surprisingly well; indeed, Robert is later a groomsman at Jeff’s wedding. While Jeff doesn’t see Robert very often after graduating, he respects Robert’s intelligence, calmness, and ambition. In many ways, Jeff admits, he didn’t really know Robert, even when they were living together at Yale. But after learning of Robert’s death, he felt compelled to write about Robert’s life and honor him. Since writing his book, Hobbs has been accused of exploiting his roommate’s death for his own profit, an accusation that Hobbs angrily denies. He’s also established a scholarship in Robert’s name for students of Robert’s alma mater, St. Benedict’s Prep.

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Chapter 1 Quotes

Jackie and Rob would eat their snacks on the blanket (never on park benches, because stupefied addicts peed themselves on them), and she'd follow him closely over the jungle gym while her eyes searched always for nails or glass or older, rougher children who had no business on a toddler playground, anything that posed a threat to her boy.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Jackie Peace
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As he did so, his confidence grew that not only would this evidence lead to a conviction, but also that a conviction would represent justice in the world. In other words, the defendant was guilty. He did not overlook the many loose ends presented within the story: the single witness who had been inebriated, strung out, severely overtired, and hungover at the time of the murders, and who had identified a suspect, by voice only, whom she had encountered once in her life and never spoken to directly; the very odd time lapse between when the murder was said to have taken place—seven thirty—and when Georgianna's roommate had first called the police two hours later …

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert “Skeet” Douglas, Thomas Lechliter, Georgianna Broadway
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Chapter 3 Quotes

But still she saw the anger in him, a gradually thickening shade just behind the sometimes impenetrable veil of his eyes. She knew that any anger could be dangerous, and that this particular variety, seeded so deeply during Skeet's three years in jail awaiting trial—nearly a third of her son's life by the time it was finished—was especially destructive.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Jackie Peace, Robert “Skeet” Douglas
Page Number: 58
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Chapter 4 Quotes

After Rob called a faculty coordinator back in Newark to let him know they were okay, the homeowner asked if the boys wanted to stay in his garage until the storm let up. Rob declined; now that no one was going to be struck by lightning or washed down a mountainside, he wanted his group to get through this on their own.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 96
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Now, in the spring of 1997, they were young men, leaders who had earned the right to strut the way they did. And three, ten, twenty years from now? On that night, they were confident, even arrogant, that they would rule the city of Newark.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Drew Jewison, Julius Starkes, Tavarus Hester, Curtis Gamble
Page Number: 101
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Chapter 5 Quotes

As Coach Ridley learned that early winter morning of 1998, Rob Peace was one of those students. All the anger Rob felt—at his father's imprisonment, his mother's weariness, his own poverty that tasted like ketchup packets—only seemed to fuel his merits as a scholar and leader, and hide itself behind those ever-rising attributes.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Jackie Peace, Robert “Skeet” Douglas, Coach Wayne Ridley
Page Number: 104
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Mr. Cawley took a dinner napkin with a phone number scrawled on it from his pocket, and he pressed it into Rob's hand. He said, “You can go to college wherever you want.”

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Charles Cawley (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 114
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I learned over the course of our conversation that Rob had gone to a prep school, he "played a little water polo," and his favorite pastime was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Nothing he said shaded him as anything other than well-off and overeducated: a typical rarefied Yale applicant.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 120
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I told him I'd grown up “near Philly,” when in fact I had grown up in an eighteenth-century farmhouse on fifteen acres of rolling rural hills in Chester County, thirty miles from the city. I consciously failed to mention that I'd attended private school beginning in prekindergarten, and that my parents, who had been married for almost thirty years, had invested their entire lives (not to mention their finances) into taking care of their four children, removing all uncertainty from our formative years.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 131
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White students went to frat houses, one of five popular bars, outdoor quad parties; black students did something else, of which we knew little except that rap music was most likely playing very loud.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker)
Page Number: 133
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This word "fronting" was important to Rob. A coward who acted tough was fronting. A nerd who acted dumb was fronting. A rich kid who acted poor was fronting. Rob found the instinct very offensive, and in college he saw it all around. He felt as though people were in a constant state of role-play before teachers, before each other […]

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 7 Quotes

I was still struggling to equate the irritating but unremarkable encounter he'd described (I had doubtlessly forgotten to bus my own tray once or twice, though I didn't admit that now) with the profound anger still coursing through him, a few hours and a few joints later. I felt guilty for being unable to do so, for lacking the empathy required to connect a careless prep school slight to a fundamental flaw in the social construct in which we lived. All I said was, "That sucks, dude."

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Though he hid that anger well behind the grin and the laughter and the marijuana, Arthur felt it in the jokes Rob made to Laurel and others about their privileged upbringings, in his heavy quietude whenever socioeconomic topics came up in conversation, and in his general disdain of Yale and Yalies. Arthur saw a closed-mindedness that was, he felt, self-propagating and innately limiting. More broadly, he believed these qualities explained precisely how an intelligent guy like Rob would always make life harder on himself than it needed to be.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Arthur Turpin
Page Number: 195
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Chapter 11 Quotes

As a financial master, Mr. Cawley looked at the world in terms of investments, of risk and reward. In 1998, the "investment" in Rob had struck him on paper as one of the lowest-risk and the highest-return; he saw no possible downside in giving this rare boy the slight push (Yale's four-year tuition of $140,000 being slight for a bank CEO worth nine figures) he needed to reach the pinnacle for which he was already headed. Almost a decade later, as Rob broke off eye contact to gaze down at the floor as if there were a pit between them, Mr. Cawley understood that a life wasn't lived on paper.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Charles Cawley
Page Number: 282
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Chapter 15 Quotes

And Rob left, rolling his eyes like this scene was just part of a comedy in which he was the focal point of the farcical behavior of those around him. And Oswaldo understood now with a clarity he'd never had before that all of Rob's troubles were self-inflicted—that on Yale graduation day Rob had stood within reach of everything he now didn't have.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Oswaldo Gutierrez
Page Number: 316
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Her son made sense with numbers. He always had. And now he was thirty years old, taking her through the tiers of retirement benefits. She wished that these calculations hadn't always been so challenging, not in terms of the math but its implications. She knew that he wished the same thing. But she didn't fix any anger, as her son did, to that wish. She'd entertained many such wishes during the course of her life and had long since accepted the reality that very few of them would come true. She'd wished that Skeet had been innocent. She'd wished for jackpots with each crank of an Atlantic City slot machine.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Jackie Peace, Robert “Skeet” Douglas
Page Number: 367
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Chapter 16 Quotes

She parked and placed one foot in front of the other until she stood in the cold, metallic room that smelled of chemicals, and watched the coroner fold the white sheet down from her son's face. She nodded and said, “Yeah, that's Shawn, that's my son.” From there, she drove straight to work.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Jackie Peace (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 384
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Chapter 17 Quotes

And yet they still rendered the predictable media spin of potential squandered, the gift of education sacrificed to the allure of thug life, etc., not only simplistic but offensively so.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 386
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At a certain point, the lights disappeared from view beyond the trees and eaves of the neighboring homes, leaving the Burger Boyz to sit down once again in the plastic fold-out chairs and wonder how long it would be before the flames flickered out and the lanterns began their descent. And once that happened, they wondered where each would fall.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Victor Raymond, Drew Jewison, Julius Starkes, Tavarus Hester, Curtis Gamble
Related Symbols: Paper Lanterns
Page Number: 401-402
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Chapter 5
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...which begins, “Dear Robert, looks like we’re going to be roommates.” The letter is from Jeff Hobbs, the author of this book. (full context)
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A few weeks before starting college, Jeff misses a call from Robert. He calls back, and Jackie picks up the phone. Confused... (full context)
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Jeff Hobbs walks into his new home, Lanman-Wright Hall, with his parents. He meets Robert, who’s... (full context)
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Jeff and Chuck make many trips to their car to bring Jeff’s things into his dorm... (full context)
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Jeff finds Jackie still sitting in the dorm room. He feels a little uncomfortable, and wants... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Jeff and Robert’s other two roommates arrive: Dan Murray, a preppy “white guy from Seattle,” and... (full context)
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The first week of college, at least in Jeff’s memory, is a big “celebration of freedom.” Teenagers binge drink, dance, and have sex. Jeff... (full context)
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Jeff thinks about having two black suite-mates, and thinks he’s lucky. Jeff thinks of himself as... (full context)
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Early on in his relationship with Robert, Jeff asks him what his father does. Robert calmly replies that his father is in jail... (full context)
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Jeff’s older brother has told him about the racial dynamics at Yale: black students spend all... (full context)
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Jeff and the other Yale freshmen spend their first semester taking classes, joining clubs, partying, and... (full context)
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...and of that group, a fifth grew up below the poverty line. Throughout freshman year, Jeff’s impression of Robert is that he’s very quiet and very good at concealing details about... (full context)
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...woman named Zina. She’s a senior from Jamaica, and she and Robert begin dating. From Jeff’s perspective, they spend almost all their time together. Robert and Zina seem to fight a... (full context)
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...this Yale tradition, each freshman’s roommates arrange a date for the evening. Robert, much to Jeff’s relief, has taken his responsibility very seriously. He goes over some options with Jeff, all... (full context)
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...that Ty is pretending to be tougher and “harder” than he is. At the time, Jeff has no idea that Robert himself is a master of “fronting”—of exaggerating or masking aspects... (full context)
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During his freshman year, Jeff enjoys getting letters from his father. These letters calm him and remind him that, even... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...the winter of Robert’s sophomore year. The second half of freshman year has been uneventful: Jeff and his roommates have slowly come to think of Yale as their home. Robert and... (full context)
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One night, Jeff wanders into the room and greets Robert. Robert mutters, “I just hate all these entitled... (full context)
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...of his drug dealing. He sells weed from his room, which he still shares with Jeff (the four of them have agreed to stay together after freshman year). However, Ty has... (full context)
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Jeff excels on the track team, meaning that he doesn’t smoke marijuana. He’s not a stoner,... (full context)
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During sophomore year, Robert “saves” Jeff twice. The first time, Jeff gets in a fistfight with a big, drunk Yale student.... (full context)
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...on, he becomes more comfortable with his Yale life. He continues selling lots of marijuana, and—Jeff guesses—making lots of money. Jeff assumes that he’s sending money to his mother, or saving... (full context)
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...warns that he’ll be caught. Robert sometimes hosts his old friends Victor, Tavarus, and Julius. Jeff likes these friends, although he often finds it difficult to talk to them about their... (full context)
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...that somebody hit him and ran away, probably because he thought Robert was somebody else. Jeff impulsively says that they should go “find the guy.” Robert agrees, and they all pile... (full context)
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Junior year, Jeff, Ty, and Robert have moved off campus to live in their own apartment. Tavarus and... (full context)
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In September 2001, senior year begins. Jeff vividly remembers sitting in his dorm room with Ty and Robert, watching the collapse of... (full context)
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In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Jeff recalls, many Yale students dive deeper into hedonism. One night, Jeff and Robert drive north... (full context)
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...to take the MCAT. Surprisingly, Robert says he won’t be taking the test. Unbeknownst to Jeff, Robert has netted over $100,000 selling marijuana. Meanwhile, Jeff develops an ambition to become a... (full context)
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One night, Jeff and Robert talk about their futures. Jeff plucks up the courage to ask Robert about... (full context)
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As spring rolls around, Jeff and Ty realize that they’ve never seen Robert play water polo, even though he’s captain... (full context)
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Jeff isn’t sure what Robert plans to do following graduation. He visits Robert in East Orange... (full context)
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The next morning, after a night of partying, Jeff wakes up and packs his things. Robert isn’t in his dorm, so Jeff leaves without... (full context)
Chapter 9
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In August 2002, Jeff visits Robert, still living at Yale. Robert tells Jeff that he’s planning on traveling to... (full context)
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That summer, Jeff emails Robert, but the email bounces back. He calls his old house on Chapman street,... (full context)
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Jeff doesn't realize that, just a few days before he calls Robert, one of Robert’s weed... (full context)
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In 2005, Jeff is happily engaged to a woman named Rebecca. He and his fiancé visit the Penn... (full context)
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Jeff and his Yale friends are adults, faced with all the joys and frustrations of their... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Jeff is just a few days away from getting married to Rebecca. On a Friday, he... (full context)
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Both Robert and Ty are groomsmen at Jeff’s wedding. The former roommates have a great time drinking and dancing. At the end of... (full context)
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That year, Jeff talks to Robert just a few times. Robert doesn’t say much about his life. Jeff... (full context)
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Jeff and Ty get together and reminisce about college. They admit they haven’t heard from Robert... (full context)
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In August 2010, Jeff gets a Facebook message from Robert. At this time, Jeff and Rebecca have had a... (full context)
Chapter 17
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On May 19, just one day after Robert’s death, Jeff notices that he’s received a new Facebook message. Victor Raymond informs him that Robert has... (full context)
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In the coming days, Jeff proceeds with the surreal, painful experience of informing his Yale friends that one of their... (full context)
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The night before Robert’s funeral, Jeff and some Yale friends go out drinking. The next day, tired and hung over, they... (full context)
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Jeff and some of his friends speak briefly about how they knew Robert. Jeff mentions being... (full context)