There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Caleb Greeley Character Analysis

Caleb Greeley is a student at Osborne High and a victim of the Osborne Slayer (David Ware). He comes from a well-off, influential local family—his father is a pastor, and his grandfather was the first owner of Greeley’s Foods. Caleb’s uncle currently runs the business, and Caleb works as a supervisor on the weekends. Caleb is very concerned with appearances and a self-proclaimed overachiever—he’s a youth leader at church and trumpet section leader for the marching band. He’s also highly religious. His plans to do mission work abroad make him a target of David Ware, who targets ambitious students who have arranged to leave Osborne for bigger and better things. David lures Caleb inside Greeley’s Foods during the memorial parade. Then he murders Caleb, mutilates Caleb’s body, and assembles it on top of a mountain of school spirit wear and other Osborne High memorabilia.
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Caleb Greeley Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Caleb Greeley appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
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...kitchen to fetch some snacks instead. Eventually, the news comes on. A reporter is interviewing Caleb Greeley, a boy with a country accent and a cross around his neck, about the... (full context)
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The news station is calling Caleb a “friend of the victims,” but Ollie scoffs and admits that Caleb hardly knew them.... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Across the cafeteria, Caleb Greeley and a few others lead the student body in a group prayer—a common occurrence... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...and told on him. Amber orders Zachary to go home immediately. Zachary ignores his mom. Caleb Greeley, whose wealthy, religious family owns practically half the town, is on stage speaking about... (full context)
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Caleb finishes his speech and hops down off the pickup truck. He’s first trumpet and wants... (full context)
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Right before the marching band’s performance is supposed to begin, Caleb realizes he’s misplaced his plume. He asks several of his band mates if anyone has... (full context)
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...find Katie, but it’s too late: she’s gone, and the camouflage is gone, too.  Meanwhile, Caleb is looking for his plume in the Greeley’s break room. He can’t find it anywhere... (full context)
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...He finally relents, though, and agrees to go home after the rally. Meanwhile, inside Greeley’s, Caleb has come face to face with David. (full context)
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Meanwhile, inside Greeley’s, David chases Caleb through the store. Caleb screams, but nobody outside can hear him over the marching band.... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...There’s blood everywhere. Then they turn toward the checkout aisles and see something truly horrifying: Caleb Greeley’s mutilated body lies on top of a pile of school sweatshirts, flags, and other... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie remember the moving shadow. They realize that if Caleb is dead, it means somebody else—David—is still in the store. They hold each other close... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...call in the other room. Makani can’t believe they were wrong about David going after Caleb instead of Zachary. Ollie’s beginning to think David isn’t targeting bullies. Makani agrees, but neither... (full context)