The Three Day Blow

Bill’s father is painter who drinks heavily and “gets a little wild sometimes.” Like Bill, he also enjoys shooting, and he is outside shooting for the duration of the story. He appears to be a fairly lax father, as lets his son drink alcohol freely as long as he only drinks from bottles that are already open. The boys idealize the type of life Bill’s father lives as an artist who drinks and engages in outdoorsy activities like shooting, though Bill is aware that his father has had a “rough” time.

Bill’s Father Quotes in The Three Day Blow

The The Three Day Blow quotes below are all either spoken by Bill’s Father or refer to Bill’s Father. 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 Simon and Schuster edition of The Three Day Blow published in 1987.
The Three-Day Blow Quotes

“He claims he's never taken a drink in his life,” Nick said […].

“Well, he's a doctor. My old man's a painter. That's different.”

“He's missed a lot,” Nick said sadly.

“You can't tell,” Bill said. “Everything's got its compensations.”

“He says he's missed a lot himself,” Nick confessed.

“Well, dad’s had a tough time.” Bill said.

“It all evens up,” Nick said.

They sat looking into the fire and thinking of this profound truth.

Related Characters: Nick (speaker), Bill (speaker), Bill’s Father, Nick’s Father
Page Number: 89
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Nick said nothing. The liquor had all died out of him and left him alone. Bill wasn't there. He wasn't sitting in front of the fire or going fishing tomorrow with Bill and his dad or anything. He wasn't drunk. It was all gone. All he knew was that he had once had Marjorie and that he had lost her. She was gone and he had sent her away. That was all that mattered. He might never see her again. Probably he never would. It was all gone, finished.

Page Number: 91
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Bill’s Father Character Timeline in The Three Day Blow

The timeline below shows where the character Bill’s Father appears in The Three Day Blow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...the storm, and Bill predicts that it will blow for three days. Nick asks if Bill’s father is around, but Bill says no—“He’s out with the gun.” He invites Nick inside, where... (full context)
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...Bill fetches some socks from the open loft upstairs, where cots for Nick, Bill, and Bill’s father have been pushed aside to avoid the rain. Bill makes Nick take his shoes off,... (full context)
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Bill abruptly says, “let’s get drunk,” and Nick cautiously agrees, wondering if Bill’s father will mind. Bill reassures him that “my old man won’t care.” Nick is already feeling... (full context)
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Bill mentions that his father “gets a little wild sometimes,” and Nick remarks that Bill’s father is a “swell guy.” As Nick pours some water into his glass and watches it... (full context)
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Nick suggests they take the guns outside for some shooting and to find Bill’s father . As he puts his shoes and Mackinaw coat back on, Nick notices that he... (full context)
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...boys hear a shotgun go off in the wind, and Bill says that must be his dad . It sounds like it’s coming from the swamp, so the boys decide to cut... (full context)