The Thing Around Your Neck

Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator Character Analysis

As a child, this unnamed narrator of the story "Tomorrow is Too Far fell in love with her cousin Dozie and was resentful of her older brother, Nonso. Because the narrator is female and Nonso is male, her family dotes on Nonso and treats the narrator as if she's disposable and doesn't exist. The narrator orchestrates a trick on Nonso to hurt him, but ends up killing him. Though she only wanted to be loved, she never gets that love.

Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator or refer to Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator. 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

When she went into Nonso's room to say good night, she always came out laughing that laugh. Most times, you pressed your palms to your ears to keep the sound out, and kept your palms pressed to your ears even when she came into your room to say Good night, darling, sleep well. She never left your room with that laugh.

Related Characters: Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator (speaker), Nonso
Page Number: 190
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Maybe it was because of the way she said the divorce was not about Nonso—as though Nonso was the only one capable of being a reason, as though you were not in the running.

Related Characters: Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator (speaker), Nonso
Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:

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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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Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character Tomorrow is Too Far Narrator appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The unnamed tomorrow narrator begins her story during the last summer she spent in Nigeria. It is now 18... (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... (full context)
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The tomorrow narrator spoke to her mother on the phone. The narrator said little, but when her mother... (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 is safe with... (full context)
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Dozie says he didn't think the tomorrow narrator would come back, since she hated Grandmama. The narrator thinks that when Dozie called her... (full context)
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After Nonso's funeral, the tomorrow narrator 's mother didn't mention him for three months. When the narrator's mother finally told the... (full context)
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The tomorrow narrator 's mother then asked how Nonso died. The narrator told her mother that Grandmama had... (full context)
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Earlier that summer, the tomorrow narrator had realized that something had to happen to Nonso so that she could survive. The... (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... (full context)
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Dozie comes up behind the tomorrow narrator and says that he only cared what the narrator wanted. He asks the narrator if... (full context)