We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”) Character Analysis

Lowell is Rosemary’s older brother. Rosemary idolizes him, but he is not always kind to her, and is arguably more protective of Fern than of his biological sister. Lowell has a strong sense of justice and, unlike Rosemary, is unable to turn his attention away from injustice—particularly when it comes to animal abuse. After Fern is given away, Lowell runs away from home, although not before stealing a key and freeing all the rats from his father’s laboratory. After Lowell is accused of setting fire to a laboratory at UC Davis, he spends the rest of the book on the run from the FBI. Rosemary discovers that Lowell has joined the Animal Liberation Front, and he is eventually captured for planning an attack on SeaWorld Orlando. It is implied that Lowell and Harlow form a romantic relationship and engage in activism for the ALF together. Rosemary notes that Lowell’s mental health suffers significantly as a result of his work publicizing and battling animal abuse. At the end of the novel he is in prison awaiting trial, and is not in a good mental state.

Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”) Quotes in We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

The We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves quotes below are all either spoken by Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”) or refer to Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”). 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 G.P. Putnam’s Sons edition of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves published in 2013.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

In 1996, ten years had passed since I'd last seen my brother, seventeen since my sister disappeared. The middle of my story is all about their absence, though if I hadn't told you that, you might not have known. By 1996, whole days went by in which I hardly thought of either one.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”), Fern
Page Number: 5
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

Lowell’s room smelled of damp cedar from the cage where three rats, washouts from our father's lab, would chirp and creak in their spinning wheel all night long. In retrospect, there was something incomprehensibly strange about the way any of the laboratory rats could transform from data point to pet, with names and privileges and vet appointments, in a single afternoon. What a Cinderella story!

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Rosemary’s Father, Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”)
Related Symbols: Cages and Cells, Lab Rats
Page Number: 66
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Part 2, Chapter 5 Quotes

I would say that, like Lowell, I loved her as a sister, but she was the only sister I ever had, so I can't be sure; it's an experiment with no control.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”), Fern
Page Number: 79
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 3, Chapter 5 Quotes

I came to UC Davis both to find my past (my brother) and to leave it (the monkey girl) behind. By monkey girl, I mean me, of course, not Fern, who is not now and never has been a monkey.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”), Fern
Page Number: 128
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Part 4, Chapter 7 Quotes

It seemed to Lowell that psychological studies of nonhuman animals were mostly cumbersome, convoluted, and downright peculiar. They taught us little about the animals but lots about the researchers who designed and ran them.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”)
Page Number: 201
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 5, Chapter 5 Quotes

Poor Mom and Dad. All three of their children incarcerated at once; that really was bad luck.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Rosemary’s Father, Rosemary’s Mother, Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”), Fern
Related Symbols: Cages and Cells
Page Number: 245
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 6, Chapter 7 Quotes

Three children, one story. The only reason I'm the one telling it is that I'm the one not currently in a cage.

Related Characters: Rosemary Cooke (speaker), Lowell Cooke (aka “Travers”), Fern
Related Symbols: Cages and Cells
Page Number: 304
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