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BLEACHERS STUDY GUIDE / SUMMARY / NOTES BY JOHN GRISHAM
Sheriff Mal Brown
He played on Rake’s team during The Streak and his jersey was the first to be retired. He warns Silo that he’s eventually going to bust him for his chop shop. He’s the one to relay the news of Rake’s death to all his ex-players. He also takes Neely and Paul to see Jesse Trapp to ask him to come to Rake’s funeral.
A tall gangly man who had been hired as a teacher at Messina High School even though he had never gone beyond the ninth grade. Rake had saved him from losing his job by having him assigned as the assistant athletic director. He did all the maintenance work for the team and helped Rake, including providing the coach with all the gossip around the school. He turned on the field lights every night as a vigil for the coach as he was dying and would turn them off when he was dead.
He is the player who holds the record for the number of laps completed in the Spartan Marathon - 83.
He is the young man who collapsed and died in Rake’s arms while running the Spartan Marathon. His death led to Rake losing his job. Rake will later be buried beside him.
The girl whom Neely had loved and whose heart he broke in order to have an easy sexual relationship with Screamer. He has never forgotten her and visits her at her mother’s home to apologize for what he had done to her. He is able to get his guilt off his chest, but he leaves with her coldness following him. She will not forgive him as easily as he would have wanted.
Mike Hilliard and Collis Suggs
Two of the three players chosen by Coach Rake to give eulogies at his funeral, they speak highly of him and ask the town to bury the hatchet over his mistakes.
The young girl who had sex with every boy she could while in high school and aspired to be an actress. She also used her body to get noticed in Hollywood, but found herself working as a scantily clad waitress, looking ten years older than she was and completely worn out. She never actually appears in the story, but her presence is very much felt by Neely.
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