There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Darby Character Analysis

Darby is a high school senior and one of Makani’s best friends. He and Alex took Makani under their wing when Makani transferred to Osborne High midway through junior year. Darby is kind, subdued, and thoughtful. Like Makani, Darby knows what it’s like to be different. Darby was assigned female at birth but identifies as male. Osborne is a small town, and its residents can be closed-minded; although Darby transitioned socially his freshman year of high school, he occasionally still receives judgmental looks from his peers. Darby and Alex have a brief falling-out with Makani when they use rumors about Ollie’s past to fuel their suspicion that Ollie is the Osborne Slayer. Makani forgives them when they take back their accusation after the real Osborne Slayer, David Ware, attacks Makani and Ollie. When Makani finally comes clean to Darby about her troubled past, he responds with compassion, not judgment. At the end of the novel, David stabs Darby, and Makani initially believes that Darby has died. Darby, however, survives the attack, and he comes to Makani’s rescue when he subdues David by pushing him into the corn pit.

Darby Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Darby or refer to Darby. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

“This is Osborne, Nebraska.” Her friend Darby sucked up the last drops of his gas station iced coffee. “Population: twenty-six hundred. A boy with pink hair is as scandalous as the death of a beloved student.”

Related Characters: Darby (speaker), Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Haley Whitehall, Alex
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 10 Quotes

She had to believe that the mistakes of Ollie’s past didn’t guarantee that he would make even worse mistakes in his future. She had to believe that every mistake was still a choice. She had to believe that Ollie was a good person, because she had to believe it about herself.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Darby, Alex, Ollie Larsson, Jasmine
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“If they’re hiding anything,” Ollie said, lifting his head to extend his own peace offering, “you’ll find it.”

Related Characters: Ollie Larsson (speaker), Makani Young, David Ware, Chris Larsson, Alex, Darby
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 20 Quotes

Makani slept long hours and stirred aimlessly through her house. The barrage was endless. Immeasurable. Sometimes it hurt because everyone had the wrong idea about her, but usually it hurt because it felt like they had it right.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Alex, Darby, Ollie Larsson
Page Number: 205
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Darby stepped in front of Alex to block her from Makani’s view. “You’re right. But I know what it’s like to be angry—to think that everyone has it easier than you. Or that everyone is against you. And if you don’t deal with those feelings, they don’t go away on their own. They keep building and building until they force their way out.”

Related Characters: Darby (speaker), Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, David Ware, Alex
Page Number: 208
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Darby Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Darby appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...Haley Whitehall’s gruesome murder and Ollie Larsson’s new pink hair. Makani sits with her friend Darby in his car. Makani wryly notes that Ollie’s hair seems a little less important than... (full context)
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...hooked up with Ollie last summer, though the only people who know about it are Darby and Alex. (full context)
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Makani is grateful for Darby and Alex, her only friends. They took her in when she moved from Hawaii to... (full context)
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Darby brings up Haley. He can hardly believe that she’s dead. Alex, the school’s only goth,... (full context)
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...by nothing but cornfields for as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, Alex and Darby continue to gossip about Haley. Alex wonders if Haley’s understudy, Jessica Boyd, might have killed... (full context)
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...Alex hopes they won’t since she was looking forward to getting covered in fake blood. Darby teases his goth friend’s morbid sense of humor, reminding her that she used to love... (full context)
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...up ripping the Sweeney Todd banner. A fight ensues. Makani gets up to interfere, but Darby tells her she doesn’t owe Ollie anything. (full context)
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Makani ignores Darby and walks toward Ollie, who has just reentered the school. With her dark skin and... (full context)
Chapter 3
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After school, Darby drops Makani off at Grandma Young’s house. Makani enters the house and finds Grandma Young... (full context)
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...fifth Wednesday, Ollie and Makani drive to the middle of a cornfield and have sex. Darby asks Makani if she’s ever going to make things official with Ollie. The fling ends... (full context)
Chapter 5
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At school the next day, Makani sits with Alex and Darby in Darby’s car and talk about the new developments with Ollie. But Makani’s friends aren’t... (full context)
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...attempt to hide his shyness. She softens and tells Ollie she’s glad to see him. Darby, a kind and thoughtful person, agrees. Alex tells Ollie he should bring doughnuts next time. (full context)
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...the smiley face slashes are true. Ollie confirms that the smiley face rumor is true. Darby and Makani are both torn between curiosity and shame over their fixation on the murder. (full context)
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...Chris is asleep. The car falls quiet as they look out toward Haley’s memorial site. Darby, the reliable one, fishes out a card he made for Haley last night. Everyone signs... (full context)
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...for Ollie’s presence, since it helps her not to feel like a third wheel around Darby and Alex. But Ollie mumbles something incoherent and leaves early. Makani chases after him. He... (full context)
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...Alex insists. And while he might be immature, she can force him not to be. Darby makes fun of Alex for going off on Rodrigo for getting one answer wrong in... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...relief, Ollie doesn’t follow up with an invasive question about her ethnicity. So far, only Darby, who is trans and understands the discomfort of invasive questions, has managed not to ask... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...officers are interviewing kids alphabetically, so Makani Young will be one of the last. When Darby returns to physics class after his interview, Makani grills him about what kind of questions... (full context)
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Darby shares a rumor he heard about the coaches being suspended for breaking policy—they’d gone home... (full context)
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...discussion. David, who is sitting next to Rodrigo, rolls his eyes at all the gossip. Darby wonders if Buddy, another football player, could be involved in a love triangle with the... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...he’s Ollie’s legal guardian, he still wants to be the cool older brother. That night, Darby texts Makani: “Can we talk?” Then he texts again: “I mean, phone-talk?” Concerned, Makani retreats... (full context)
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...behind her back. She also thinks their suspicions about Ollie are baseless. Still, she knows Darby is just trying to be a good friend. Some of the things Darby said about... (full context)
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...has trouble sleeping that night. The next morning, she ignores apology texts from Alex and Darby. Later, she finds the shoes she wore yesterday at the foot of the stairs, which... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Makani’s phone buzzes. It’s Darby. He tells Makani that he and Alex are going in to work at the Feed... (full context)
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...in low voices, but it’s obvious what they’re talking about. Makani and Grandma Young approach Darby and Alex. Alex’s eyes are streaked black; she’s not doing well. Suddenly, Grandma Young asks... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...to. She thinks she might have made the wrong choice, though, when she arrives and Darby and Alex aren’t there. Darby’s parents made him stay home, and Alex asked to. The... (full context)
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...and won’t be back when school gets out. She asks Makani to hang out with Darby until she returns from the sleep clinic. Makani texts her grandmother back and invites Ollie... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...questions. Ollie gives Makani her phone, and she’s met with a stream of texts from Darby and Alex asking if she’s okay and apologizing for suspecting Ollie. Ollie urges Makani to... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Makani hears Alex and Darby in the hallway, applauding Ollie for saving Makani. They run into Grandma Young’s room and... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...people were right about her, too. Makani turns toward Ollie. He looks sympathetic, not judgmental. Darby and Alex are also understanding. What Makani did to Jasmine was awful, they admit, but... (full context)
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...she needs to meet up with the marching band, which is leading the memorial procession. Darby goes with Alex to make sure she’s safe. (full context)
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...an officer confirm that Zachary is safe at home with his mom’s boyfriend. Makani texts Darby and Alex the news. Darby responds immediately: Zachary can’t be home, since they just saw... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Outside, Makani, Darby, and Ollie catch up with Zachary. They try to tell Zachary that he might be... (full context)
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...band is playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” a piece best-known for its use in graduation processions. Darby assumes the band doesn’t have any funeral repertoire. The music is awkward and awful; Makani... (full context)
Chapter 22
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After the memorial is over, Makani and Ollie part ways with Darby and Alex. The sun is setting. Ollie seems distant. As he and Makani walk to... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...but Alex says that nothing like that matters anymore. Makani’s phone starts to ring. It’s Darby, calling them on speakerphone—he’d been on his way to the stadium to get Alex. Makani... (full context)
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...he’s outnumbered, he flees. Rosemarie is okay, but her leg is injured. The group hears Darby’s anguished moan coming from the edge of the corn maze. There, they find him hyperventilating... (full context)
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...their own safety, but nobody takes her seriously. Meanwhile, she’s completely lost track of Ollie. Darby looks at the ground and sees David and Ollie’s muddy footprints. The group sets off... (full context)
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Just when it seems that Makani and Darby have lost track of David and Ollie, Makani finds them in the middle of a... (full context)
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Ollie appears behind Makani and hugs her close. Darby steps between David and Makani and Ollie, while David looks at Darby in disgust. He... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...edge of the pit, waiting to see what Makani will do. But David doesn’t see Darby behind him. With all his might, Darby pushes David into the pit. David’s face hits... (full context)
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...and community. But David’s victims were different. They were ambitious. David hadn’t picked Ollie or Darby as his victims because he didn’t realize that they had dreams and ambitions. (full context)
Chapter 29
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...Makani. Chris asks where Ollie is, and Makani points toward where she left his body. Darby sobs as the paramedics load him and Makani into the ambulance. Makani knows he’s thinking... (full context)