In Mumbilli, Claire was Daniel's girlfriend. Tom describes her as being different from Daniel's other girlfriends in important ways; namely, she didn't back down when Daniel got moody and sulky, and Daniel loved her a lot more than he loved other girls. This made Daniel very possessive of her, which backfired spectacularly: Claire was terrified of Daniel and had a not-so-secret crush on Fin, whom she began to see the week before the accident with Kylie's help. Claire broke up with Daniel at the party, which set the stage for the fight between Daniel and Fin and ultimately, culminated in the accident. Mum and Kylie blame Claire for what happened, at least in part, but Daniel, Tom, and Dad insist that it wasn't Claire's fault. Though she visits Daniel for a while after the accident, she leaves Mumbilli before finishing her final exams at school. Her parents find her a job as a nanny overseas, and she sends a number of postcards to Fin over the course of the novel. Tom sees Claire's departure as another loss for Mumbilli as a result of the accident.
Claire Quotes in The Story of Tom Brennan
The The Story of Tom Brennan quotes below are all either spoken by Claire or refer to Claire. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Story of Tom Brennan published in 2005.).
Chapter Sixteen Quotes
"They couldn't control Dan. They were scared of him. Well, scared of the consequences if they tried to pull him into line [...] Maybe Daniel was always going to do something like this. Maybe he had to fall this far."
Claire Character Timeline in The Story of Tom Brennan
The timeline below shows where the character Claire appears in The Story of Tom Brennan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...loss. Fin says he remembers Daniel swaying and yelling and being very angry, looking for Claire. He remembers Daniel shoving Tom up against a pole, and Tom says that Daniel called... (full context)
One night, Tom overheard Mum and Daniel talking. Mum was angrily insisting that Claire's visits weren't good for Daniel and insinuating that the accident was Claire's fault. Daniel angrily... (full context)