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Boy Lazarre is another young half-blood man. His family is known for being paid to spy, and Boy is the first to confirm that Eli and Fleur are romantically involved. After he witnesses their coupling, his speech is twisted, evidence that Fleur has put a spell on him as punishment. He and Clarence kidnap Margaret and Nanapush in revenge for the damage they’ve done to Sophie Morrissey’s reputation. He dies as a result of another spell put on him by Fleur.

Boy Lazarre Quotes in Tracks

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Chapter 5 Quotes

I didn’t understand until Lazarre slouched and Clarence stood before Margaret, that this had to do with everything. The land purchase. Politics. Eli and Sophie. It was like seeing an ugly design of bruises come clear for a moment and reconstructing the evil blows that made them. Clarence would take revenge for Eli’s treatment of his sister by treating Eli’s mother in similar fashion.

Related Characters: Nanapush (speaker), Margaret Kashpaw, Clarence Morrissey, Boy Lazarre
Page Number: 113
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Boy Lazarre Character Timeline in Tracks

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Chapter 3: Fall 1913-Spring 2014, Onaubin-geezis, Crust on the Snow Sun
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...performing in the open woods (with Fleur). Margaret says she was told this information by Boy Lazarre, and Nanapush realizes that Margaret has paid Boy to spy for her. Margaret stalks... (full context)
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...and Eli continue with their bold displays of affection until the whole reservation is talking. Boy Lazarre returns from the woods one day, speaking gibberish, and people assume that Fleur saw... (full context)
Chapter 5: Fall 1917-Spring 1918, Manitou-geezis, Strong Spirit Sun
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After mass they head home in the dark, and realize that Boy Lazarre and Clarence Morrissey are following them in the snow. The Lazarre and Morrissey families... (full context)
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Boy and Clarence then jump out to grapple with Margaret and Nanapush, and Lulu runs off.... (full context)
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...by Fleur’s cursing of men who do her wrong. Clarence appears skeptical, but it’s clear Boy believes. (full context)
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...a shrill death song. Clarence knocks out Nanapush. When Nanapush wakes up, he sees that Boy has sliced off Margaret’s braids and now shaves the rest of her scalp, careful not... (full context)
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...itself.” He then reveals his plan to set snares which kill slowly and will allow Boy and Clarence to consider what they’ve done wrong. Nanapush cuts two of the end wires... (full context)
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Fleur goes to town with her newly bald head, and Clarence and Boy run from her in fear. Fleur visits the Morrissey house, touching random items and sprinkling... (full context)
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...to kill him, and he and Nector walk away, leaving Clarence frozen in place. After Boy cuts Clarence from the tree, Clarence’s mouth droops on one side, a constant reminder of... (full context)
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...return the wire to him. At the trading post later, Nanapush and Fleur run into Boy, who, scared, steps backward into a row of traps set as demonstration, killing him. (full context)