The Story of Tom Brennan

by

J. C. Burke

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Nicole Character Analysis

Nicole was one of the two St. John's students who died when Daniel crashed his car. She was a year younger than Tom and was active in musical theater. Though it's never confirmed, Tom hears a rumor that Nicole kissed Daniel after Claire broke up with him on the night of the accident. Her family sends a letter to the Brennan family in response to Daniel's apology letter, insisting that Daniel was an accident waiting to happen and that no sentence will be long enough to make up for Nicole’s death.

Nicole Quotes in The Story of Tom Brennan

The The Story of Tom Brennan quotes below are all either spoken by Nicole or refer to Nicole. 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 Six Quotes

Somewhere in the bush, hard to say how far away, I could hear the painful sound of groaning, retching sobs. It was Daniel but I couldn't go to him. Part of me wanted to, the other part didn't. I knew I had to stay with Fin, stay with the mess Daniel had made. Yet a voice inside of me was screaming, "He's alive, he's alive. Daniel's alive."

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Fin, Matt, Luke, Nicole, Snorter
Page Number: 81
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Chapter Seven Quotes

Wasn't his life worth more? But that's exactly why he was here, because a life was worth something, and Daniel took two away. Whichever way I turned, my questions only found another one, always worse than the last.

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Fin, Luke, Nicole
Page Number: 109
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Chapter Nine Quotes

"But remember your fellow man, Daniel, because life is more than just a one-man show. Everything we do in this life affects others. Did you think of that the night you got behind the wheel, your trusting passengers the loved ones of others? We think probably not."

Related Characters: Gran (speaker), Tom Brennan, Daniel Brennan, Dad, Mum, Kylie Brennan, Nicole
Page Number: 123
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"Being a team player, you should have known better."

Related Characters: Judge Williams (speaker), Daniel Brennan, Luke, Nicole
Page Number: 128
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Nicole Character Timeline in The Story of Tom Brennan

The timeline below shows where the character Nicole 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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...went outside, where Snorter was telling everyone about his trail bike and two girls, including Nicole, were singing show tunes. Matt pointed to Claire, who was walking out of the hall... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...Tom doesn't want to remember the fear he saw in Fin's eyes, or Luke and Nicole dead in the car. (full context)
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...curse and scream "no," and he and Tom held each other and cried: Luke and Nicole were dead. Tom and Matt returned to searching the car and found Fin, fortunately in... (full context)
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...of the car. Tom sat with him the entire time, thankful that Fin didn't see Nicole and Luke's bodies taken away. Dad and policemen coaxed Daniel out of the woods and... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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...that the police seemed to already know about the fight. Tom asked about Luke and Nicole, and Matt started to cry and said that he saw Luke's dad at the station.... (full context)
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...guilty or not. When Tom closed his eyes that night, he could only see Luke, Nicole, and the terror in Fin's eyes. Fin was in critical condition, though Dad didn't tell... (full context)
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...up. They only ate because Matt's mother kept bringing over casseroles. Dad and Brendan attended Nicole and Luke's funerals. The day before Daniel's court appearance, Talbot said the only thing they... (full context)
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...causing bodily harm and two charges of driving dangerously and causing death. Tom knew that Nicole and Luke's families were there, but he didn't look around. The magistrate declared that Daniel's... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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Daniel wrote letters to Luke and Nicole's families and seemed truly sorry: he barely ate and spent most of his time crying.... (full context)
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In the courtroom, Tom could see Nicole and Luke's parents, as well as Matt and his mother. They all sat and listened... (full context)