The Tortilla Curtain


T. Coraghessan Boyle

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Dominick Flood Character Analysis

A client of Jack Jardine’s, Flood is on house arrest in his home in Arroyo Blanco Estates due to his involvement in “unwise investments.” Flood is instrumental in having the labor exchange shut down, and in advocating for the building of the wall. Towards the end of the novel, Flood woos Kit in order to plant his ankle bracelet on her so he can escape California. After his disappearance, his whereabouts remain unknown for the rest of the novel.
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Dominick Flood Character Timeline in The Tortilla Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Dominick Flood appears in The Tortilla Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 3
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...spent with Jack Jardine two nights prior. Jack Jardine took Delaney to the house of Dominick Flood , a legal client of Jack’s who “got entangled in some unwise investments” and is... (full context)
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...on the fact that “Kyra had cleaned up the corner of Shoup and Ventura, and Dominick Flood had cleaned up the labor exchange.” Delaney feels unsettled and slightly remorseful, wondering about where... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
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...It is Thanksgiving Day and Delaney and Kyra are dressing for a cocktail party at Dominick Flood ’s house. Kyra’s mother, Kit, will also be attending. The party is huge and overwhelming;... (full context)
Belonging and the American Dream Theme Icon time. Kyra is enjoying herself at the party; she is particularly excited about seeing Dominick Flood ’s house. The man himself has also completely charmed Kyra’s mother, Kit. Kyra hasn’t told... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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At that moment, Kyra’s mother, Kit, enters the room. In her hand she is holding Dominick Flood ’s ankle bracelet, which she has discovered in her purse. Delaney realizes that Flood charmed... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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...a look at.” Delaney and Kyra get in Jack’s car. As they drive, they discuss Dominick Flood . Jack insists that he is no longer Flood’s attorney but that he has heard... (full context)
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Time passes. It is now December and the rainy season has begun. Dame Edith and Dominick Flood are both still missing. Delaney has begun to stake out the wall every night with... (full context)