This Boy’s Life

Geoffrey Character Analysis

Jack’s older brother and a student at Princeton. Though the two brothers aren’t particularly close, they keep up a written correspondence and send short stories back and forth. When Geoffrey gets wind of what’s really going on with Dwight, he is helpful in getting Jack more information about boarding schools so that he might have a way of getting out of Washington.
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Geoffrey Character Timeline in This Boy’s Life

The timeline below shows where the character Geoffrey appears in This Boy’s Life. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21
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Jack has not seen his brother Geoffrey in six years and hasn’t heard from him since he and Rosemary left Salt Lake.... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Geoffrey sends Jack a letter containing a story he wrote about an American imprisoned in Italy... (full context)
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Geoffrey writes back expressing admiration for Jack’s story and filling him in on his life at... (full context)
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...his brother. He goes into a phone booth and has the operator connect him to Geoffrey at Princeton, but once Geoffrey picks up, Jack can barely speak. He at last manages... (full context)
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...a little bit about Jack’s schooling—and hearing Jack’s exaggerated brags about his academic and athletic success—Geoffrey suggests Jack apply to his old prep school, Choate, and a handful of other prestigious... (full context)
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Jack sends off for application forms from several prestigious schools recommended by Geoffrey, but when they arrive, he finds himself paralyzed by all that they demand. He knows... (full context)
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...summer, he should come down to La Jolla to spend the summer with him and Geoffrey. Jack’s father confides in him that he wants for Rosemary to come, too, so that... (full context)
Chapter 31
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The day after Jack arrives in California to spend the summer with his father and Geoffrey, his father takes off for Las Vegas with his girlfriend and leaves Jack the keys... (full context)
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Jack’s father comes back, and then Geoffrey arrives. After picking Geoffrey up from the bus, he drops the boys at the apartment... (full context)