Winter Dreams

A business associatewho visits Dexter in New York. Devlin is friends with Judy (whom Dexter has not seen in years), because he is best friends with her husband, Lud Simms. He casually mentions that Judy’s beauty has faded and that she is in an unhappy marriage with Simms who “drinks and runs around.” Unlike Dexter, Devlin never found Judy’s beauty remarkable and, despite thinking her “a nice girl,” he believes that she is inferior to Simms.

Devlin Quotes in Winter Dreams

The Winter Dreams quotes below are all either spoken by Devlin or refer to Devlin . 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 Dover Thrift Editions edition of Winter Dreams published in 2015.
Section 4 Quotes

A sort of dullness settled down upon Dexter. For the first time in his life he felt like getting very drunk. He knew that he was laughing loudly at something Devlin had said, but he did not know what it was or why it was funny. When, in a few minutes, Devlin went he lay down on his lounge and looked out the window at the New York sky-line into which the sun was sinking in dull lovely shades of pink and gold.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones, Devlin
Related Symbols: Winter Dreams, The Sun
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Devlin Character Timeline in Winter Dreams

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Section 4
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One day, seven years later, a business associate from Detroit, a man named Devlin, comes to visit Dexter. Devlin mentions that “the wife of one of his best friends,”... (full context)
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...to feel like rushing out and getting a train to Detroit. He feels disoriented by Devlin’s underwhelming response to Judy. Devlin remembers that Judy was “a pretty girl” when she first... (full context)