Under Milk Wood

by

Dylan Thomas

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Under Milk Wood can help.
Nogood Boyo is a lazy, mischievous fisherman. He dreams of “nothing” and has dirty thoughts about Mrs. Dai Bread Two in a wet corset. He claims that he “want[s] to be good Boyo, but no one’ll let [him].” At the end of the novel, he fools around with Lily Smalls in the wash-house.

Nogood Boyo Quotes in Under Milk Wood

The Under Milk Wood quotes below are all either spoken by Nogood Boyo or refer to Nogood Boyo. 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:
Nostalgia  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the New Directions edition of Under Milk Wood published in 2019.
Under Milk Wood Quotes

SECOND VOICE. Fishermen grumble to their nets. Nogood Boyo goes out in the dinghy Zanzibar, ships the oars, drifts slowly in the dab–filled bay, and, lying on his back in the unbaled water, among crabs’ legs and tangled lines, looks up at the spring sky.

NOGOOD BOYO. (Softly, lazily) I don’t know who’s up there and I don’t care.

Related Characters: Second Voice (speaker), Nogood Boyo (speaker), First Voice
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

I want to be a good Boyo, but nobody’ll let me.

Related Characters: Nogood Boyo (speaker), Mrs. Dai Bread Two
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Under Milk Wood LitChart as a printable PDF.
Under Milk Wood PDF

Nogood Boyo Character Timeline in Under Milk Wood

The timeline below shows where the character Nogood Boyo appears in Under Milk Wood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Under Milk Wood
Nostalgia  Theme Icon
Storytelling and Ordinary Life  Theme Icon
Intimacy Theme Icon
Meanwhile, in Donkey Street, Dai Bread dreams of harems, Polly Garter dreams of babies, Nogood Boyo dreams of nothing, and Lord Cut-Glass dreams of a ticking clock.   (full context)
Nostalgia  Theme Icon
Storytelling and Ordinary Life  Theme Icon
Intimacy Theme Icon
Nature vs. Society   Theme Icon
Lord Cut-Glass wears mismatched, secondhand clothing to go door to door emptying slops. Meanwhile, Nogood Boyo gets into trouble at the wash-house, and Miss Myfanwy Price, dressed in a prim housecoat,... (full context)
Resilience and Redemption   Theme Icon
Nature vs. Society   Theme Icon
...Second Voice comments on the cranky fishermen tending to their nets. One of these fishermen, Nogood Boyo takes his dinghy, the Zanzibar, out on the bay. He looks up at the sky... (full context)
Gossip and Community Theme Icon
Captain Cat continues to listen to the townspeople. He overhears Mrs. Floyd and Nogood Boyo talking about fish. He discerns the sound of the overweight Mrs. Dai Bread One making... (full context)
Gossip and Community Theme Icon
...the people who live in Llareggub “a nasty lot,” and First Woman gestures toward “lazy” Nogood Boyo as an example. The women talk about Ocky Milkman’s wife, who never ventures outside the... (full context)
Storytelling and Ordinary Life  Theme Icon
Intimacy Theme Icon
Nature vs. Society   Theme Icon
...with her mother sees the captain crying, but she becomes distracted by the sight of Nogood Boyo fishing in the bay. She tells her mother how Nogood Boyo “gave [her] three pennies... (full context)
Storytelling and Ordinary Life  Theme Icon
Intimacy Theme Icon
...ventures into the darkening night. “Off to Gomorrah!” he cries. Meanwhile, Lily Smalls is with Nogood Boyo in the wash-house, and Cherry Owen ventures out to get drunk as his wife cheerfully... (full context)