There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Rodrigo Morales Character Analysis

Rodrigo is a student at Osborne High. He’s David Ware’s best friend—which makes it even more cruel when he becomes David’s third murder victim. Rodrigo is an intelligent computer whiz, though he’s also an underachiever and rather immature for his age. Though he used to be an internet troll (he’d harass female gamers on internet forums), he now feels ashamed of his behavior and struggles to make up for his past misogyny. The night of Rodrigo’s murder, he’s home alone playing video games while his parents are in Las Vegas celebrating their wedding anniversary. While Rodrigo sleeps, David Ware sneaks into the house and gaslights Rodrigo, rearranging all the furniture in Rodrigo’s living room. Chillingly, after David murders Rodrigo, he sticks around for hours and plays video games next to David’s corpse. Alex has a crush on Rodrigo, and his death devastates her. Rodrigo’s murder changes the town’s perspective on the Osborne slayings. While the first two victims were popular, ambitious teens who stood out among their peers, Rodrigo was completely average; his murder showed people that anybody could be the Osborne Slayer’s next victim.

Rodrigo Morales Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Rodrigo Morales or refer to Rodrigo Morales. 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 11 Quotes

He checked his favorite message board, but the usual torch-and-pitchfork crowd were still up in arms over this new company of video game developers that was run entirely by women. His insides shrank with a familiar shame as he quickly left the page. Not that long ago, he’d been one of them.

Related Characters: Rodrigo Morales, Makani Young
Page Number: 119
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Their usual breakfast was whole-wheat toast or a bowl of fiber cereal. Makani didn’t need to ask why the change. Pancakes kept her grandmother occupied while they waited for information. Pancakes gave her a task to do with her hands in a world that seemed more and more out of her control. And pancakes showed Makani that, even though the world was frightening, she was loved.

Page Number: 125
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Social boundaries were being crossed everywhere. Students still ate with their own kind, but each group sat a little closer to the other groups, and they weaved in and out of one another’s conversations. They were all talking about the same thing, anyway. It was sad that people only got along when everybody was unhappy.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Rodrigo Morales
Page Number: 137
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Rodrigo Morales Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Rodrigo Morales 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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...to run. Ollie smiles and offers to drive Makani home that afternoon, and she accepts. Rodrigo Morales, who is sitting nearby, makes a crude joke about giving Makani a ride home.... (full context)
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...ways with Ollie and rejoins her friends. She asks Alex, who has a crush on Rodrigo, what she can possibly see in him. Rodrigo is smart, Alex insists. And while he... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Rodrigo turns around to join the discussion. David, who is sitting next to Rodrigo, rolls his... (full context)
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...didn’t have any secrets—maybe the killer only chose them because they were popular. Everyone stares. Rodrigo prompts Makani to unpack her theory—is she saying an unpopular kid killed them out of... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Rodrigo Morales pauses the violent video game he’s been playing and takes off his headphones. It’s... (full context)
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Rodrigo moves from the living room to the kitchen to grab an energy drink. He chugs... (full context)
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Rodrigo gets on his favorite message board and recoils in shame when he sees that everyone... (full context)
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Rodrigo returns to the living room. His gaming chair is facing the wrong direction, which is... (full context)
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Rodrigo wakes up to sunlight pouring in through the glass door. He knocks over a full... (full context)
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Rodrigo checks all the doors around the house. They’re all locked. Then he notices that the... (full context)
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The killer drags Rodrigo’s crumpled, lifeless body into the living room and places it in the gaming chair. Then... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Everything changes after Rodrigo’s murder. Osborne High cancels class. A mass of official communications—texts, emails, and voicemails—give impersonal statements... (full context)
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Makani thinks about Rodrigo. There are rumors that he was the latest victim, but nobody knows anything for sure.... (full context)
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...home from work to look after their children. Everyone locks their doors. Everyone is scared. Rodrigo’s murder scares people because he was so average—not popular, like Matt and Haley had been.... (full context)
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...and it begins to snow. Because school is cancelled, nobody has left any mementos for Rodrigo at the memorial. Makani thinks this is awful. Later that evening, everyone receives another round... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...has been cancelled out of respect 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... (full context)
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...Makani receives a text. Hearing the notification ding reminds Ollie of something Chris said about Rodrigo’s murder. At the crime scene, Rodrigo’s phone was blowing up with notifications from friends checking... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...kitchen, the water cup is gone. Makani freezes, suddenly remembering that the killer had rearranged Rodrigo’s living room furniture. She thinks about how many times the cabinets and drawers had been... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...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 killer was, and she’d... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...mutilations David performed on the other victims: slashing Haley’s throat, scrambling Matt’s brain, cutting off Rodrigo’s ears. He pleads with David to tell him what he’s going to do to him.... (full context)