Uncle to Sophie, Cody, and Brian, and brother to Stew and Mo, Dock is the most level-headed of the uncles. While Mo is often grouchy, constantly yelling at Cody, and getting into fights with Stew, Dock often attempts to diffuse the tension aboard the boat. Sophie calls him “the good uncle,” and claims that he’s always calm and easygoing, never being fazed by any accidents that happen aboard the ship. The path The Wanderer takes along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada is largely inspired by Dock’s desire to find and/or get news about an old lover, Rosalie. Dock’s past with Rosalie isn’t described in any great detail in the book, but we can infer that their split caused Dock great pain, and that he misses her deeply. Though Dock is reunited with Rosalie in England, it’s not for long. He proposes to her, but she declines, saying that it’s too soon, and that she has other plans. Dock ends up deciding to stay in England in order to look after Bompie.
Dock Quotes in The Wanderer
The The Wanderer quotes below are all either spoken by Dock or refer to Dock. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of The Wanderer published in 2011.).
V. Wind and Waves Quotes
Last night I dreamed about Sophie, and this morning I asked Uncle Dock if Sophie knew what had happened to her parents. He said, “At some level, Sophie must know. But consciously? That’s something only Sophie can answer.”
Dock Character Timeline in The Wanderer
The timeline below shows where the character Dock appears in The Wanderer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...they expected, and that the reason they’re stopping in Martha’s Vineyard is to visit Uncle Dock’s friend Joey. Joey has spent the last five years refurbishing an old wooden boat, and... (full context)
III. The Island
IV. Under Way
...Sophie’s next journal entry, she describes how one morning on The Wanderer, she overhears Uncle Dock and Stew having a discussion in the galley—Uncle Stew has been fired from his job.... (full context)
...Rosalie. In her next entry, Sophie writes about how, while she was watching whales with Dock, he started to tell a story about a woman he’d known, Rosalie. Rosalie loved whales—she’d... (full context)
V. Wind and Waves
...Inn in Wales. While everyone was waiting for Sophie downstairs before dinner, Brian demanded that Dock tell everyone what happened to Sophie’s parents. Uncle Stew wants to know, too, and Brian... (full context)