A writer from New York, whose name is never mentioned, meets a woman named Holly Golightly and is pulled into an on again and off again friendship wih her. They are both tenants in a Manhattan brownstone and meet when he notices she had lost her room key and causes a commotion. She begins... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A writer from New York, whose name is never mentioned, meets a woman named Holly Golightly and is pulled into an on again and off again friendship wih her. They are both tenants in a Manhattan brownstone and meet when he notices she had lost her room key and causes a commotion. She begins frequently ringing him to let her in to the apartment and he becomes fascinated with her. One night, Holly climbs in through the narrator’s window after one of her lover turns aggressive in bed. He reads her one of his short stories and eventually they fall asleep together.
Holly and "Fred" (she calls him Fred after her brother) grow closer over time, despite their on and off friendship. In New York, Holly has a lot of lovers, most of which are very wealthy. Holly tells the narrator that all of her “mean reds” can be solved at Tiffany’s.
Throughout the book we see that Holly is a wild thing, hates to be tamed, and is seeking a home that she may never find. She has few real friends, despite being a socialite and entertaining many people (mostly men) all the time. She won't open up about her past or things she feels, putting on her sunglasses even to read personal letters. However, the narrator learns about Holly's past from her abandoned husband, Doc Golightly. Holly and the real Fred ran away after their parents died and lived on only what they could find or steal. In the end, Golightly fears that she will never know what is really hers, until after she has thrown it away. She abandons her friend to seek her ever elusive goal of finding both riches and a place to call home.
She is only in the narrator's life for a brief time, perhaps a couple years, but the narrator has been forever touched by her and will never forget her.
“I can't get excited by a man until he's forty-two”Holly Golightly
“Don't wanna sleep, Don't wanna die, Just wanna go a-travelin' through the pastures of the sky”(song)
“It's like Tiffany's," she said. "Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty; and even that's risky. They only look right on the really old girls. Maria Ouspenskaya. Wrinkles and bones, white hair and diamonds: I can't wait.”Holly Golightly
“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell." Holly advised him. "That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.”Holly Golightly
“The instant she saw a letter she squinted her eyes and bent her lips in a tough tiny smile that advanced her age immeasurably. "Darling," she instructed me, "would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse. A girl doesn't read this sort of thing without her lipstick."”(narrator)
“I'm very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what's yours until you've thrown it away. The mean reds, they're nothing. The fat woman, she nothing. This though: my mouth's so dry, if my life depended on it I couldn't spit.”Holly Golightly
“"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."”Holly Golightly
“It's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”Holly Golightly
“I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together”
“Everybody has to feel superior to somebody”
“I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart”
“If the bee does not sting, then you will know you have found love.”
“If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”Holly Golightly
“If only I could, Buddy. It's bad enough in life to do without something you want; but confound it, what gets my goat is not being able to give somebody something you want them to have.”Buddy's cousin—A christmas Memory
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