The protagonist of the novel, Miles is a new junior at Culver Creek Preparatory School with a penchant for memorizing the last words of famous individuals. His friend and roommate, the Colonel affectionately nicknames Miles Pudge despites Miles’s tall and lanky appearance. Miles finds himself falling for Alaska while seeking the “Great Perhaps.”
Chip “Colonel” Martin
Miles’s roommate and confidant. The Colonel is a strong-willed genius who loves pranking the wealthy day students at Culver Creek.
Friend and romantic interest to Miles, Alaska is perplexing and alluring. She loves drinking wine, collecting books from yard sales, pranking the wealthy day students at Culver Creek with the Colonel. Wild and unpredictable, Alaska’s mood can change at a moment’s notice as she continues to struggle with her mother’s death.
Talented rapper and friend to Miles, Chip, and Alaska, Takumi partakes in pranks, but is also left out of some parts of Miles’s, Chip’s, and Alaska’s mutual friendship.
Romanian student at Culver Creek, Lara is Miles’s friend and girlfriend briefly.
Mr. Starnes “Eagle”
Dean of students at Culver Creek, Mr. Starnes is nicknamed the Eagle by students. Target of numerous pranks, he is known for his sternness and what Alaska terms the “Look of Death.”
Miles’s older teacher for World Religions, Dr. Hyde is passionate about teaching and commands the classroom with his no-nonsense style of teaching.
Looking for Alaska Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Looking for Alaska is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I have looked through every searchable text I can find, and this quote does not show up. Like you, I find multiple sources that say the quote is from Greene's novel, Looking for Alaska. I'll keep looking and see if I have any luck.
Miles says he is going to boarding school (his father's former school) as “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” His parents believe he wants to leave their home and go away to school because he has no friends.