|“||You seem to have an extremely large bag today, Mr Lynch.||”|
—Whelk, talking to Ronan and Gansey before Latin class.
Barrington Whelk was the Latin teacher at Aglionby Academy, where he himself was a previous student. Whelk was the main antagonist of The Raven Boys before being killed.
Barrington Whelk had since his teen years been in the quest of waking the Ley Lines, and had dragged his best friend and roommate Noah Czerny into it. It had back then been a game, a treasure hunt, seeing as coming from a wealthy family and thus having money on his hands, he saw it as an expensive exercise with the Ley Lines as 'the playing field'. Even with their thought-out search, spending sleepless nights on it, the search had come to a standstill - procrastinating on other things - as it had come to their attention that they needed a ritual sacrifice, but were not sure of the process. It was first after his father's public arrest that he saw an outcome to the search.
His father being arrested for unethical business practices and income tax invasion, as his company had been trading with war criminals - something that his mother knew about - had lead the Whelk family to loose all their fortune. Barrington was stripped of his prestigious Aglionby status and was relieved of his materialistic goods such as his car, furnitures and his Aglionby dorm.
It was after this decline in wealth and status that he was pushed to finally perform the ritual. He believed that he would become enormously rich by controlling the Ley Lines, and thusly get his old life back and the respect it came with it. It came to the point that Whelk used Noah as the sacrifice and killed him with a skateboard in the effort to wake the Ley Lines. After his attempt failed, he left Noah's body in the woods. But it didn't stop him from continuing his search.
Seven years later Edit
Seven years later Barrington is working as a Latin teacher at Aglionby Academy.
I mean, not to be biased or anything, but Whelk is a whiny little punk. Like, we understand you lost your immense fortune, but you kinda killed someone, buddy. Whelk's favorite activities include drinking himself into oblivion, stealing from his students, eating dry hamburgers, feeling sorry for himself, and enjoying the provincial southern gothic of payphones. What a pleasant guy.
Whelk viewed himself as a sort of cool guy leader figure when he was in school. He liked to think he had it all--money, a girlfriend, money, Czerny's girlfriend, and money. Y'know, the basics. Now he just sees himself as a personification of his obsessions and quarter-life crisis.
He had dramatically large features that made him look younger, with short black hair.
- The Raven Boys (first and last appearance)
- The Dream Thieves (only mentioned)
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (only mentioned)
- People often think his last name is Barrington, but that's really his first name.
- He killed Noah by repeatedly bashing a skateboard into his cheek
- Everyone calls him Barry (this one's fake; he doesn't have anyone who likes him that much)