Characterization of Toby
If asked, most people would describe getting a ticket as, for instance a speed ticket; a ticket you got for driving too fast. Tickets are given to us by our higher authorities if we do not follow the law. However, for Toby Heckler, that is not the case.
Toby is a socially handicapped male, with a rather childish appearance. (Page 37, ‘’On the yellow paper Toby had printed in red ink ‘PRAKING MISTEAK’ and signed his name ‘TOBY’ in a childish-looking hand.’’) The fact that he signs the paper slips he hands out, and that he’s poor at spelling make him seem fairly young, since it’s something a smaller child would find amusing. But even though he may seem younger at first, that’s in reality, not how it actually is. For instance, we see police officer McVee, talking to him later on, who treats him as a peer, and not someone of a younger age. (Page 37, ‘’Lot’s of business, eh Toby?’’ ‘’Yes, Toby, it’s a bitch.’’) Although Toby isn’t capable of speaking, and we don’t see him answer anyone throughout the whole story, he’s still able to communicate. Toby responds by expressing himself through body language (Page 37, ‘’Toby put his pad back, nodded. His eyes rolled, looked tortured.’’)
Another way for Toby to communicate with people is through the yellow paper slips, the tickets, he hands out. Toby hands out slips to everyone who in his eyes behave wrong, or nearly wrong – even just the slightest. (Page 37, ‘’He printed slowly, meticulously, then handed one of…