There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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David Ware Character Analysis

Osborne High student David Ware is the Osborne Slayer—the villain responsible for the grisly murders of his fellow Osborne High seniors. David Ware’s most remarkable feature is that he is entirely unremarkable. When David’s hood slips off during his attack on Makani, she can’t quite place who he is, though she knows she recognizes him from somewhere. Later, when the local news announces the killer’s identity to the grieving town, residents express their collective disbelief that a kid who’d seemed so normal and unmemorable could be capable of such evil. Further solidifying David’s forgettable face and personality is the fact that, after he flees Osborne to avoid capture, he is able to hitch rides with multiple unsuspecting truck drivers—even as his face is plastered all over the local and national news stations. David’s murders follow a predictable pattern. He generally begins messing with his victims well in advance of their murders, hiding or rearranging their personal belongings to make them ill at ease and paranoid. Then he attacks them when they least expect it, killing them in a gruesome, taunting, and personalized way. After killing the ultra-religious Caleb Greeley, for instance, David severs Caleb’s hands and stitches them together in a grotesque mockery of prayer. Until the very end of the novel, David’s motivation for killing baffles the teenagers and authorities alike. Ultimately, though, Makani and her friends realize that David is targeting ambitious students whose drive, privilege, or skillset have afforded them a path out of Osborne and toward bigger, better things. David believes that he is fated to remain in Osborne forever, and he’s jealous of those who get to leave. But what David ultimately fails to recognize is that it’s his own fault he’s so miserable and unfulfilled—not Osborne’s. In truth, David’s failure to reflect inwardly guarantees that he would live the same miserable, unremarkable, and aimless life regardless of where he might live. Ultimately, though, David never finds out that he is the cause of his misery—he dies at the end of the novel when Makani uses his own knife to stab him in the back.

David Ware Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by David Ware or refer to David Ware. 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 4 Quotes

It had been so long since Makani had felt any amount of genuine, unadulterated happiness that she’d forgotten that sometimes it could hurt as much as sadness. His declaration pierced through the muscle of her heart like a skillfully thrown knife. It was the kind of pain that made her feel alive.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Jasmine, David Ware
Related Symbols: Knives
Page Number: 42
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Chapter 15 Quotes

The serial killers in her imagination, the fictional centerpieces of innumerable movies and television shows, were colorful and fascinating and impossible to keep her eyes off of. But her eyes had always glossed over David. Who do you think did it? She’d looked past him, even when he’d asked her. She’d looked past him, even when he’d been sitting right in front of her.

Page Number: 156
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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 18 Quotes

“They want you to speak,” she said. “The town. They want you to stand up in front of all those people and cameras and be their mascot.”

Related Characters: Grandma Young (speaker), Makani Young, David Ware, Ollie Larsson
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 20 Quotes

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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Chapter 22 Quotes

Ollie stopped. His expression was serious. He waited to speak until she stopped, too. “Everybody has at least one moment they deeply regret, but that one moment . . . it doesn’t define all of you.”

Page Number: 231
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Chapter 24 Quotes

That was it. The news rehashed the story from the top. David kept climbing into the truck, and it kept making a right turn. The killer kept going home.

Page Number: 253
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“People are sick. They think this is all a game.”

Related Characters: Makani Young (speaker), David Ware, Ollie Larsson, Grandma Young
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 259
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Chapter 27 Quotes

The terror was finally spreading outward. If the corn were an ocean, the cries were its waves.

Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 279
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Chapter 28 Quotes

David didn’t know her, but Makani knew herself. And neither of them was a monster. She was a human who had made a terrible mistake. He was a human who had planned his terrible actions.

Related Characters: Makani Young, David Ware, Jasmine
Related Symbols: Corn, Knives
Page Number: 283-284
Explanation and Analysis:

Running away from home didn’t change the fact that a person still had to live with themselves. Makani had learned this, though perhaps her mother never had. Change came from within, over a long period of time, and with a lot of help from people who loved you. Osborne wasn’t David’s problem. For Makani, Osborne had even been restorative. Being a psychopath was David’s problem. David was David’s problem.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Makani’s Mother, David Ware
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 284
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David Ware Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character David Ware appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...a crude joke about giving Makani a ride home. His female friends scoff. Another boy, David, a skinny senior wearing a Minecraft t-shirt, observes that walking would be preferable to having... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Rodrigo turns around to join the discussion. David, who is sitting next to Rodrigo, rolls his eyes at all the gossip. Darby wonders... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...finishes off the pizza he made earlier in the evening. He gets a text from David: “Kevin still uses Ubuntu lol.” David is watching anime with their friend Kevin. Rodrigo hates... (full context)
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...the exact center of the room. Rodrigo calls out to his sister Sophia and to David, thinking that one of them must have played a prank on him. When nobody responds,... (full context)
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...through. Rodrigo turns around and sees a slender figure. He slowly moves toward the figure. “David?” Rodrigo asks. But the figure doesn’t respond. Suddenly, the figure lunges at Rodrigo, plunging a... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...for the victims and their families. Makani fixates on Rodrigo’s empty seat in physics class. David sits beside the empty seat, looking distant. Everyone handles Rodrigo’s death differently. The football team... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...down the street. Ollie calls the police and states the killer’s name to the dispatcher: David Ware(full context)
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...They hear the emergency sirens approaching. In this moment of calm Makani considers the killer, David Ware. He’d been Rodrigo’s best friend. He’d asked her in class who she thought the... (full context)
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...her and Ollie’s activities prior to the attack. She tells Bev she doesn’t know why David would target her. Inside, however, Makani knows that the universe is punishing her for the... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...TV. The news is showing coverage of the attack. Creston Howard announces the suspect’s identity: David Thurston Ware. Hearing the middle name makes Makani sick—she thinks it’s wrong for the news... (full context)
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The surgeon tells Makani that Grandma Young will be okay. Luckily, David’s knife missed her aorta. However, she’ll have to stay in the hospital for at least... (full context)
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Ollie reflects on David Ware. He’s known him his whole life: their families attended church together, and he and... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...Makani blushes and changes the subject. She asks Chris if there are any updates about David’s whereabouts. Chris says the tracker dogs followed David into the fields near the school but... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...victims this afternoon. It’s supposed to show that the town is done being afraid of David and is ready to regain control of their lives. Makani thinks the gesture is admirable... (full context)
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...fits over inappropriately dark subjects, but it feels good to laugh. Nobody can understand how David could possibly be the killer. He’s unremarkable, and he comes from a long line of... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...deserve to feel ashamed for the rest of her life. She’s not a sociopath like David Ware. She’s a good person who made a mistake.  (full context)
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Makani is convinced that David Ware is targeting her because he found out about the incident. Ollie thinks this is... (full context)
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...comes back, he tells Makani that the police can’t do anything with their theory about David, since they don’t want the town to panic. They did have an officer confirm that... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...or the fear?” Zachary wanders through the street. Everyone around him is whispering rumors about David. Zachary texts his friends to see if anyone is there, but nobody can make it. (full context)
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Zachary considers David. He and David had been neighbors and playmates when they were young children. Zachary remembers... (full context)
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...maybe he’s the problem. Suddenly, Zach sees a camouflage jacket—the clothing the news had reported David was last seen wearing—in the window across the street. He tries to find Katie, but... (full context)
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...he might be in danger, but Zachary’s having none of it. If their theory about David targeting people who have bullied or hurt others is true, Zachary argues, wouldn’t Ollie be... (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... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...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 as they walk carefully down the... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...that all the toiletries are in the wrong place. She’s scared, having heard rumors that David would mess with his victims’ personal belongings before he attacked them. This time, Katie knows... (full context)
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...the stairs. Katie calls 911 and tries to block the door, but she’s too late. David Ware emerges from the basement. He lunges at Katie. There’s a brief struggle, but David... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...to take a 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... (full context)
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...daybreak, the TV announces breaking news in the Osborne Slayer case: security footage has placed David at a truck stop outside Boys Town, Nebraska, at 11:00 last night. He hitched a... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...hands in the back of the police cruiser as Chris gives them the latest scoop: David hitched a ride with a second truck driver who took him as far as Troy,... (full context)
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...Makani finally feels secure enough to sleep. But her dreams are haunted by memories of David’s recent attack on her. While Chris, Makani, and Ollie sleep, tourists and drunk college students... (full context)
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...but Chris will need to go in soon. He needs to go to Troy, where David was last seen, so he and Ollie and Makani leave in separate cars. Later, when... (full context)
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...play with the marching band for today’s football game, and she’s having a panic attack. David was less than a mile from her house last night, and she’s scared he’s after... (full context)
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...is clear, Makani breaks the silence to say that she’s tired of waiting around for David. They need to do something. She doesn’t share what she’s really thinking: “he might be... (full context)
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Alex thinks that David is picking the school’s most ambitious students—“people who stand out.” In contrast to them, David... (full context)
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...hangs up abruptly—apparently, the police just received a call from another trucker who picked up David and only recognized him in hindsight, once he returned home and turned on the local... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...students who’ve made this year’s corn maze a nightmare. She hates how people have transformed David Ware into an urban legend. Rosemarie finishes brushing Moonlight and goes to fetch the hay.... (full context)
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...toward Rosemarie’s farm. Back at the farm, a slender body emerges from the darkness. It’s David Ware. He’s holding the grooming bucket, and he’s covered in dried blood. He removes his... (full context)
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...with an oncoming semi-truck. Back on the farm, Rosemarie manages to drive the pitchfork into David’s side. He’s momentarily stunned. Rosemarie is too, and she pulls the sharp prongs out of... (full context)
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Ollie’s police cruiser shines a bright spotlight on David and Rosemarie. Makani jumps out of the car as David aims his knife at Rosemarie’s... (full context)
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...and her friends encounter some maze goers. For a startled moment, she thinks she sees David. Then she realizes it’s only a college student wearing a David costume. Makani urges everyone... (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 scuffle on the muddy ground.... (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 tells Darby that... (full context)
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...emerge from around the corner, but Brooke herds them back the way they came before David can get to them. David sets his hateful eyes on Makani and walks toward her... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Makani ducks, and David’s knife hits a pumpkin behind her. She runs, and David chases her. Makani emerges from... (full context)
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Makani turns around and sees David poised at the edge of the pit, waiting to see what Makani will do. But... (full context)
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As Makani stands above David, she finally understands his motive. All of David’s victims were preparing to leave Osborne for... (full context)
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Makani realizes that David has wanted to get caught all along because he knows they’ll take him to Tecumseh... (full context)
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Suddenly, David interrupts Makani’s thoughts, violently grabbing at her legs. But Makani is too fast. She stabs... (full context)