The Story of Tom Brennan

by

J. C. Burke

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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:
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). 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."

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Dad, Fin, Mum, Kylie Brennan, Claire
Page Number: 230
Explanation and Analysis:
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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.
Chapter Three
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...cursing. Dad has a thing about girls swearing, which is why he liked Daniel's girlfriend Claire so much—she never swore. (full context)
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...to get whichever girl he wanted. The only girl Daniel ever messed up with was Claire. Tom explains that in the lead up to the accident, Daniel had been having a... (full context)
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Tom also knew that Daniel liked Claire more than he'd liked any other girls, which made him extremely possessive. This was the... (full context)
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...his trail bike and two girls, including Nicole, were singing show tunes. Matt pointed to Claire, who was walking out of the hall looking like she was crying. Tom approached her... (full context)
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Tom watched Fin walk into the hall and Claire said that when Daniel doesn't get his way, he snaps. Tom assured Claire he wasn't... (full context)
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Tom followed Daniel outside, yelling that Daniel did this to himself by treating Claire horribly. Daniel slammed Tom against a pole as Fin and Luke tried to talk Daniel... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...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)
Chapter Seven
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...whatever he got. She said that people were spreading rumors that Daniel tried to beat Claire. Kylie collapsed crying, while Daniel sat still. (full context)
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...struggling to process the accident. Owen came around once or twice to see Daniel, and Claire visited as well. Mum and Kylie couldn't stand her visiting, but her visits made Dad... (full context)
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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)
Chapter Thirteen
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...they're leaving. Kylie's eyes are watery, and Fin explains that he got a postcard from Claire. He says that she's in Rome and will bring back holy water for him. Tom... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...accident: terrified and lost. Finally, she gulps that she has a secret about Fin and Claire. Tom insists that everyone knew they liked each other, but Kylie shushes him. She says... (full context)
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...Daniel had the week before the sudden death match. It started because Fin talked to Claire, and Daniel was jealous. Kylie says that Daniel knew he was losing Claire, and it... (full context)
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...that the day before the accident, when Aunty Kath was out, she suggested Fin invite Claire over and said she'd keep watch. Fin and Claire snuggled and kissed, and Claire decided... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...ocean. Fin whispers that he doesn't hate Daniel and says he got another postcard from Claire. He mentions that Kylie feels responsible, but says she was only trying to help. Fin... (full context)