Warriors Don’t Cry

by

Melba Beals

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– A soldier in the “Screaming Eagle” 101st Airborne Division. Melba describes him as a young man of slight build and “about five feet ten inches tall, with dark hair and deep-set brown eyes.” He offers protection to Melba within the school, and inspires her to cultivate a steely, warrior-like disposition of her own in the face of the threats of violence she faces every day.

Danny Quotes in Warriors Don’t Cry

The Warriors Don’t Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Danny or refer to Danny . 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon Pulse edition of Warriors Don’t Cry published in 2007.
Chapter 8 Quotes

It’s Thursday, September 26, 1957. Now I have a bodyguard. I know very well that the President didn’t send those soldiers just to protect me but to show support for an idea—the idea that a governor can’t ignore federal laws. Still, I feel specially cared about because the guard is there. If he wasn’t there, I’d hear more of the voices of those people who say I’m a nigger […] that I’m not valuable, that I have no right to be alive [….] Thank you, Danny.

Related Symbols: Ethiopia
Page Number: 106
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“Look out, Melba, now!” Danny’s voice was so loud that I flinched. “Get down!” he shouted again as what appeared to be a flaming stick of dynamite whizzed past and landed on the stair just below me. Danny pushed me aside as he stamped out the flame and grabbed it up. At breakneck speed he dashed down the stairs and handed the stick to another soldier, who sped away. Stunned by what I had seen, I backed into the shadow on the landing, too shocked to move. “You don’t have time to stop. Move out, girl.” Danny’s voice sounded cold and uncaring. I supposed that’s what it meant to be a soldier—to survive.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Danny (speaker)
Related Symbols: Warriors
Page Number: 110-111
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“You’ve gotta learn to defend yourself. You kids should have been given some training in self-defense.” “Too late now,” I said. “It’s never too late. It takes a warrior to fight a battle and survive. This here is a battle if I’ve ever seen one.” I thought about what Danny had said as we walked to the principal’s office to prepare to leave school. I knew for certain something would have to change if I were going to stay in that school. Either the students would have to change the way they behaved, or I would have to devise a better plan to protect myself. My body was wearing out real fast.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Danny (speaker)
Related Symbols: Warriors
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 11 Quotes

As I stepped into the hallway, just for an instant the thought of fewer troops terrified me. But the warrior inside me squared my shoulders and put my mind on alert to do whatever was necessary to survive. I tried hard to remember everything Danny had taught me. I discovered I wasn’t frightened in the old way anymore. Instead, I felt my body muscles turn steely and my mind strain to focus […]. A new voice in my head spoke to me with military-like discipline: Discover ink sprayed on the contents of your locker—don’t fret about it, deal with it. Get another locker assigned, find new books, get going—don’t waste time brooding or taking the hurt so deep inside. Kicked in the shin, tripped on the marble floor—assess the damage and do whatever is necessary to remain mobile. Move out! Warriors keep moving. They don’t stop to lick their wounds or cry.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Danny
Related Symbols: Warriors
Page Number: 127-128
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Danny Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Danny appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...students who whisper obscenities at her and at the soldier. The soldier, whose name is Danny, ignores them. He tells her that he will wait for her in the hall, for... (full context)
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In the English class, the teacher tells Melba to sit near the door where Danny can see her. A “tall, dark-haired boy” begins to harass her and the teacher says... (full context)
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On the way to Mrs. Pickwick’s classroom, Melba stops to use the restroom. Danny leans against a wall, “across from the bathroom door.” Melba encounters a girl who tells... (full context)
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Danny takes Melba to Mrs. Huckaby’s office. Carlotta and Thelma are already there. Mrs. Huckaby says... (full context)
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...name-calling.” She finds that she is better able to cope and goes out to meet Danny who directs her to the first-level playing field. Several soldiers are posted in the area... (full context)
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Danny greets Melba at the end of class and leads her through an isolated passage where... (full context)
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...get better in study hall where the teacher does not allow Melba to sit where Danny can see her and the students harass her. Suddenly, a helicopter lands and Melba knows... (full context)
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...Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue.” That morning, Melba writes in her diary that she knows that Danny is not exactly a bodyguard for her but is there to protect federal power. Still,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...boys then bumps straight into her and begins to kick her. When Melba asks why Danny does not do something, he makes it clear that he is not present to engage... (full context)
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...clerk then mocks Melba, which hurts as much as being abused. She decides to mimic Danny’s confidence and alertness, imagining herself as a soldier in battle. (full context)
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...and finally goes to Daisy Bates’s house to give more interviews. The next day, Friday, Danny announces that he is going to be “in the background,” for school officials want to... (full context)
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...Baton Rouge High School—Central’s archrival. While Melba is walking through one of Central’s cavernous halls, Danny screams for her to look out. He tells her to get down as a stick... (full context)
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After gym class, Danny tells Melba that she will be going to her first pep rally and he cannot... (full context)
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...“three or four football-player types” who promise to make her life hell. When Melba tells Danny about the incident, he is surprised that she did not defend herself, saying that she... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Melba is unable to sleep. She is still excited from her date and worried that Danny and the other soldiers will be gone. On Monday morning, he is present, but on... (full context)
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...101st causes the segregationists to increase their harassment “a hundredfold.” They plan a belligerent protest. Danny resumes his security duties and, on Thursday morning, follows Melba down a hall when a... (full context)
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...to answer reporters’ questions thoroughly, but says a quiet prayer before bed, thanking God for Danny’s protection. (full context)
Chapter 11
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The day before Thanksgiving break, Danny breaks the rules by coming up close to Melba and telling her to take care... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...a soldier in the National Guard looks on and issues a faint reprimand. Melba misses Danny. Andy has started chasing her from the gym to the dark hallway connected to it.... (full context)
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One evening, Melba meets a brown-haired soldier “wearing olive-drab fatigues.” He reminds her of Danny. His name is John and he is a blind date for Melba’s roommate but soon... (full context)