The Story of Tom Brennan

by

J. C. Burke

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Jonny Tulake Character Analysis

Jonny is Brendan's boyfriend and a former rugby player. He's very tall, extremely handsome, and makes sure to treat Tom very kindly, especially right after Tom moves to Coghill. Jonny works in the sheds with Brendan, so Tom sees him fairly often and becomes aware that he stays the night with Brendan regularly. Later, Brendan explains that Jonny is somewhat paranoid about Tom knowing that Jonny is dating Brendan, so Brendan sits Tom down to openly discuss their relationship and their sexuality. Jonny is also deathly afraid of flying, which is why he never travels anywhere with Brendan. Tom eventually learns that prior to the accident Jonny and Brendan had planned to move to Sydney, but they chose to stay in Coghill so that Brendan could take care of his family.

Jonny Tulake Quotes in The Story of Tom Brennan

The The Story of Tom Brennan quotes below are all either spoken by Jonny Tulake or refer to Jonny Tulake. 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

Before, Brendan had been someone who was just always around. Someone I never really thought about. Mum's little brother. My uncle, that was about as far as it went. But that's when life was simpler.

Now Brendan wanted me to see him. See who he really was. This was probably the way Daniel saw him and now I did too.

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Mum, Gran, Brendan, Jonny Tulake
Page Number: 234
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Jonny Tulake Character Timeline in The Story of Tom Brennan

The timeline below shows where the character Jonny Tulake appears in The Story of Tom Brennan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...an outsider and makes no effort to remember names. Suddenly, he hears the others chanting "Jonny, Jonny." Jonny is huge and extremely handsome. He introduces himself to Tom and asks after... (full context)
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...the first time in months, he feels free. He handily evades Marcus and between him, Jonny, and Rory, their team wins easily. Tom participates in the celebrating afterwards, but he notes... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...Boogie." Pa left his onsite tractor repair business to Brendan after he died, and now Jonny works there too. The sheds where they work stand where Gran's beloved chicken coop once... (full context)
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...clear his head of the thoughts as he walks out to the sheds. He sees Jonny's boots poking out from under a tractor, and Jonny sends Tom into Brendan's house to... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...and Tom visit Fin. As Tom and Brendan head out of Coghill, Brendan stops at Jonny's house and asks Tom to run in to pick things up for Fin. A girl... (full context)
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...Brendan that Chrissy thinks the box is for their granddad. Brendan explains that Chrissy and Jonny's mother is a bit complicated, but the sheepskin items in the box belonged to their... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...the sheds and makes up excuses for why he didn't join him for a run. Jonny comes out of Brendan's house in his boxers and Tom tries to play it cool.... (full context)
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...thinks his chest and arms are too skinny. Chrissy explains that she has tools for Jonny, and Tom agrees to carry the box to the shed. The box is almost too... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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Jonny fills in for Dad as assistant coach. The team is somewhat annoyed, as Jonny likes... (full context)
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...Brendan suggests they go out for steak and mentions that Gran gave him clothes for Tom—Jonny is coming too, and the plan is that Tom will shower at Jonny's. Tom asks... (full context)
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At Jonny's house, Jonny explains exactly how to turn the water on in the shower without getting... (full context)
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Jonny manages to turn the water off and hands Tom a towel, and then he and... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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At dinner with Brendan, Jonny, and Chrissy later, Chrissy wishes she'd been there to watch the match. Brendan asks Chrissy... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...more excited by the day. Some days Chrissy comes by to drop things off for Jonny and then she and Tom talk. Tom feels as though he can be himself around... (full context)
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...will absolutely be a warning to not go near Chrissy, especially when Brendan says that Jonny can get emotional. Brendan confirms that Tom is aware that he and Jonny are together.... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...the other day about not leaving Coghill is actually complicated. He says that he and Jonny were going to leave and go to Sydney, but then the accident happened. Tom thinks... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...roast pork for Tom's birthday dinner and cooks it perfectly. Chrissy makes a cake and Jonny brings party hats. Tom thinks that Gran's saints seem to be smiling at his family.... (full context)