The Story of Tom Brennan

by

J. C. Burke

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Rory Character Analysis

Rory is one of Tom's first friends in Coghill; they meet at the touch game on Australia Day. Rory plays five-eight—Daniel's old position, which means he has large shoes to fill. For a long time, Tom is somewhat derisive of Rory; he insists that Rory can't kick with both feet and has poor ball-handling skills. Despite this, Rory does his best to be a good friend to Tom by inviting him out to social events, warning him about Brianna, and not saying anything about the accident. Later, he's the first friend in Coghill who comes over to see Tom at Gran's house. By the end of the novel, Tom is willing to concede that Rory is a decent player and, more importantly, an excellent teammate and friend.

Rory Quotes in The Story of Tom Brennan

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

My breath panted at the back of my throat. He knew? Jimmy knew?

"We're your mates, Tom, " Rory started. "We're part of a..."

Related Characters: Tom Brennan (speaker), Rory (speaker), Kylie Brennan, Jimmy
Page Number: 173
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Rory Character Timeline in The Story of Tom Brennan

The timeline below shows where the character Rory 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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...river. Marcus points to Tom and suggests that Tom could switch, but a guy named Rory stands up for Tom. Marcus angrily switches sides and Rory whispers to Tom that Marcus... (full context)
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...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 that the... (full context)
Chapter Three
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...Harvey introduces Tom quickly to the class and then tells him to sit next to Rory. Rory greets Tom and Tom thinks of the promise he made himself: that he'd only... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...week at St. John's. Matt has continued to email Tom, even though Tom hasn't replied. Rory and Tom discuss tryouts one afternoon, and Rory notes that Kylie and Brianna are friends... (full context)
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...the class, but Tom remains seated, trying not to get sucked into the black tunnel. Rory tries to engage Tom, but he finally leaves Tom alone. Tom finally realizes that he... (full context)
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...shoes. He leaps into the cold water several times. Tom feels free and light as Rory, Jimmy, and Soupe, two other rugby players, join him. Brad Wiseman, a tall and heavy... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...Coghill, rugby will fill the time but do nothing else for him. Dad says that Rory, who plays five-eight, will be a great partner for Tom (their positions rely on each... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...Tom who at Bennie's is playing five-eight. Tom is caught off guard, but answers that Rory is. He insists that Rory can't kick with both feet and for a moment, Daniel... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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Rory and Jimmy tell Tom about where they'll have their footy camp in a few weeks.... (full context)
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Tom finds Rory and Jimmy waiting by his locker after school and nervously accepts their invitation to go... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...kids at school seem to even notice Tom and Kylie, let alone whisper about them. Rory checks and makes sure that Tom is okay, and, on the stairs, Chrissy tries to... (full context)
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...for everyone on Saturday. The night before, Tom goes out to see a movie with Rory, Jimmy, and Brad. They see Chrissy there with Davin, and Brad explains that Davin can... (full context)
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...beat St. John's. He asks who the Bennie's five-eight is and says that even if Rory is good, it's probably not the same as playing with Daniel. (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...and Jonny asks Tom to take half the team. Grudgingly, Tom agrees. His half includes Rory, Marcus, and the captain, Tonelli, and they hang on Tom's every word as he starts... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Rory comes over that weekend. He looks around, asks where everyone is, and says he always... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...finals, Tom does his best to stay out of her way. He hangs out with Rory, Brad, and Jimmy at the pool. He feels bad about not telling them about the... (full context)