The Story of Tom Brennan

by

J. C. Burke

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Michael Harvey Character Analysis

Harvey is the rugby coach at Bennie's; Dad is his assistant coach. Tom also has Harvey for homeroom. Tom finds Harvey nice enough but perplexingly invested in creating a sense of camaraderie and team spirit, despite the fact that the Bennie's team isn't that good. He's not at all concerned with winning most of the time. After Dad gives Tom a pep talk and suggests that winning isn't everything, Tom begins to come around to Harvey's way of thinking and begins to realize that he has it right: rugby is much better when a team loves the game and loves each other.

Michael Harvey Quotes in The Story of Tom Brennan

The The Story of Tom Brennan quotes below are all either spoken by Michael Harvey or refer to Michael Harvey. 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 Seventeen Quotes

I hadn't enjoyed the last season at St. John's, that I knew now. It hadn't mattered how good my game was, the pressure, the disgruntlement, the unpredictability of Daniel just didn't add up to good footy. It added up to frustration and division.

Now I knew differently. Bennie's first fifteen had taught me plenty. When I'd needed it most, Bennie's had reminded me that the game was better when a team was united and loving it.

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Dad, Michael Harvey
Page Number: 245
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Michael Harvey Character Timeline in The Story of Tom Brennan

The timeline below shows where the character Michael Harvey appears in The Story of Tom Brennan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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...then shifts the conversation to St. Benedict's rugby in general. He mentions the coach, Michael Harvey, and lists several skilled players. Tom says nothing but thinks that the Bennie's team "couldn't... (full context)
Chapter Two
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...after Mum. Tom excuses himself and goes to find Dad. Dad introduces Tom to Michael Harvey, the rugby coach at Bennie's. He shakes Tom's hand enthusiastically and Tom feels exhausted already.... (full context)
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Harvey calls everyone to the center of the field. He reminds them of the rules and... (full context)
Chapter Three
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Tom is assigned Michael Harvey for homeroom. Tom is somewhat uncomfortable that Harvey apparently knows what happened with Daniel. Fortunately,... (full context)
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...accident) and asks Tom what teacher he got for homeroom. When Tom says he got Harvey, Kylie begins to cry and shouts that rugby has always saved him and Daniel. Tom... (full context)
Chapter Six
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In homeroom, Harvey announces the upcoming rugby tryouts and gives a general breakdown of when games will be.... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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At lunch the next Tuesday, Harvey pins up the results from tryouts. Tom waits until the crowd disperses to inspect it.... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...the other team was horrible. Tom thinks that the Bennie's team has potential and it's Harvey's lax attitude that is keeping the team back. Tom was shocked when after the match,... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...team is somewhat annoyed, as Jonny likes to drill ball handling and technique. One afternoon Harvey doesn't come to practice, and Jonny asks Tom to take half the team. Grudgingly, Tom... (full context)
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...On the plus side, Tom learns that Chrissy dumped Davin over the weekend. Dad and Harvey meet the bus at camp and Harvey assigns rooms. Tom realizes he hates the teambuilding... (full context)
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...tell Tom that Dad is a great coach. Tonelli excuses himself to smoke, knowing that Harvey will confiscate everything illegal after dinner. Harvey also confiscates the book of bets. The daily... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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Daniel asks about Harvey, and Tom explains that Harvey makes the team feel like they're better than they actually... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...learns that they'll play at a spot halfway between Coghill and Mumbilli. On Thursday afternoon, Harvey asks Tom to help him carry equipment. Tom asks if there are any players who... (full context)
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Before the match, Harvey gives everyone a pep talk, and then Tonelli insists that the team needs to support... (full context)