Dolphus Raymond Quotes

What are some quotes about Dolphus Raymond in To Kill a Mockingbird that characterize him?

I need quotes, not descriptions, please.

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One of the most interesting minor characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, Dolphus Raymond is a wealthy plantation owner "from a real old family" with a sordid past. Engaged to one of "the Spencer ladies," Dolphus's fiance committed suicide shortly before the wedding.

"... after the rehearsal the bride went upstairs and blew her head off. Shotgun. She pulled the trigger with her toes."  (Chapter 16)

According to the gossip Jem has picked up, Dolphus's fiance killed herself

"... because she found out about his colored woman, he reckoned he could keep her and get married too. He's been sorta drunk ever since."  (Chapter 16)

Because of his dark past and his preference to live with Negroes, Dolphus is one of Maycomb's outsiders. He lives alone "way down near the county line," and he has "all sorts of mixed chillun."

     "They don't belong anywhere. Colored folks won't have 'em because they're half white, white folks won't have 'em 'cause they're colored, so they're just in-betweens, don't belong anywhere."  (Chapter 16)

Dolphus seems to enjoy the notoriety that follows him wherever he goes in Maycomb. He deliberately weaves about the town, always carrying a paper sack with a bottle inside and a straw sticking outside. People in Maycomb believe he is a drunk, but when Scout and Dill meet up with him outside the courthouse on the day of the trial, Dolphus reveals his secret to them. When Dolphus offers Dill a sip to calm his stomach,

     Dill released the straws and grinned. "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola."  (Chapter 20)

Dolphus explains that he "deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself" in order to make the people of Maycomb feel more at ease.

     "I try to give 'em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason... folks can say Dolphus Raymond's in the clutches of whiskey--that's why he won't change his ways... that's why he lives the way he does."  (Chapter 20)

Dolphus warns Dill that one day he will become old enough to be hardened by the behavior he has seen in the courtroom--that he will no longer

"Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too."  (Chapter 20)

In the end, Scout finds that

... I shouldn't be here listening to this sinful man who had mixed children and didn't care who knew it, but he was fascinating.  (Chapter 20)

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