Mr. Porter is one of the guidance counselors at the high school most of the novel’s characters attend. When Hannah meets with him to describe how hopeless she feels, he fails to provide the support she needs or to persist in trying to help her, making him the 13th name on her list. Mr. Porter is one of the many adults who fail to sufficiently support or protect Hannah, which contributes to her feeling neglected and unimportant.
Mr. Porter Quotes in Thirteen Reasons Why
The Thirteen Reasons Why quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Porter or refer to Mr. Porter. 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:).
Cassette 7: Side A Quotes
I’m walking down the hall.
Her voice is clear. It’s louder.
His door is closed behind me. It’s staying closed.
He’s not coming.
I press my face hard against the bars. They feel like a vise tightening against my skull the further I push.
He’s letting me go.
Related Characters: Hannah Baker (speaker), Clay Jensen (speaker), Mr. Porter
Related Symbols: The Rocket Slide
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Mr. Porter Character Timeline in Thirteen Reasons Why
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Porter appears in Thirteen Reasons Why. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and into the classroom where he’ll see Hannah Baker’s empty desk and the desk of Mr. Porter , who will be the last to receive the package of tapes. (full context)
Cassette 2: Side A
...moved schools that year, which Hannah says is unfortunate. Clay knows she was replaced by Mr. Porter and wonders whether he has something to do with Hannah’s story. He remembers that Mr.... (full context)
Cassette 7: Side A
...are listening to this, the person she asked for help has failed. That person is Mr. Porter . Clay is shocked—he can’t imagine bringing an adult into this, allowing him to learn... (full context)
...hears Hannah stuffing the tape recorder into her bag. She goes into a meeting with Mr. Porter . He begins by asking her what she wants to talk about. She says, “Everything,... (full context)
Hannah tells Mr. Porter about the “Who’s Hot/Who’s Not” list and how that shaped the last few years of... (full context)
The Next Day: After Mailing the Tapes
...the post office to mail the tapes, and because he didn’t want to sit in Mr. Porter ’s class in first period near Hannah’s empty desk. To avoid it, he takes his... (full context)
Clay hears Mr. Porter ask for a volunteer to take something to the office. A student comes out of... (full context)