The Thing Around Your Neck

In "Tomorrow is Too Far," Dozie is the cousin of the tomorrow narrator and Nonso. Dozie won't carry on Grandmama's family name, so even though he's older than Nonso, Grandmama ignores Dozie. He's generally quiet and loves the tomorrow narrator. He goes along with her trick to hurt Nonso and keeps the secret of what actually happened.

Dozie Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Dozie or refer to Dozie. 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 Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.
Tomorrow is Too Far Quotes

The summer you knew that something had to happen to Nonso, so that you could survive. Even at ten you knew that some people can take up too much space by simply being, that by existing, some people can stifle others.

Related Characters: Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator (speaker), Dozie, Nonso
Page Number: 195
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dozie Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character Dozie appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Tomorrow is Too Far
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...never pluck coconuts." Grandmama let Nonso sip the coconut milk first, even though their cousin Dozie was a year older. Grandmama explained that Nonso would carry on the family name, while... (full context)
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The tomorrow narrator clarifies that it wasn't the summer she fell in love with Dozie; that happened several years earlier. It was instead the summer that both her hate for... (full context)
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18 years later, Grandmama's garden looks the same as it did then. Dozie watches the tomorrow narrator, and the narrator thinks that the secret of how Nonso died... (full context)
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Dozie says he didn't think the tomorrow narrator would come back, since she hated Grandmama. The... (full context)
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...could survive. The narrator came up with the idea of scaring Nonso, and she told Dozie that Nonso needed to get hurt so that he was less loveable. While Grandmama was... (full context)
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The tomorrow narrator thinks about Dozie saying that she hated Grandmama. She thinks about the months after Nonso's death, as she... (full context)
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Dozie comes up behind the tomorrow narrator and says that he only cared what the narrator... (full context)