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Brooks found a crow hatchling who had "fallen out of a nest near the plate shop", and decided to care for the bird and name it [[Jake]]. Andy's first day at Shawshank, he sits next to Brooks, before noticing a maggot in his breakfast. Brooks asked for it, and Andy is disturbed, thinking that Brooks means to eat it, but is relieved when he opens his coat and reveals his pet bird. Later that year, Brooks was instrumental in getting Andy his [[Rock Hammer |rock hammer]]. After it is brought in through the laundry, [[Red]] places it into Brooks's rolling book cart, and pays him six cigarettes for postage. He wheels it down to Andy, who discreetly takes it.
 
Brooks found a crow hatchling who had "fallen out of a nest near the plate shop", and decided to care for the bird and name it [[Jake]]. Andy's first day at Shawshank, he sits next to Brooks, before noticing a maggot in his breakfast. Brooks asked for it, and Andy is disturbed, thinking that Brooks means to eat it, but is relieved when he opens his coat and reveals his pet bird. Later that year, Brooks was instrumental in getting Andy his [[Rock Hammer |rock hammer]]. After it is brought in through the laundry, [[Red]] places it into Brooks's rolling book cart, and pays him six cigarettes for postage. He wheels it down to Andy, who discreetly takes it.
   
In 1949, after Andy assisted [[Captain Hadley]] in avoiding paying his inheritance tax, [[Warden Norton]] appoints him the assistant librarian. Andy finds this surprising as Brooks has never had an assistant in his 37 years as a librarian. Brooks shows him around the dilapidated library, comprised of nothing more than some old books and magazines.. When Andy talks to Brooks about getting funds for a better library from the prison, Brooks is incredulous and thinks it is not possible to do so.
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In 1949, after Andy assisted [[Captain Hadley]] in avoiding paying his inheritance tax, [[Warden Norton]] appoints him the assistant librarian. Andy finds this surprising as Brooks has never had an assistant in his 37 years as a librarian. Brooks shows him around the dilapidated library, comprised of nothing more than some old books and magazines.
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A prison guard named [[Dekins]] comes to Andy asking for help to start a trust fund for his children. Brooks is surprised by Andy's professionalism and later jokes about it with the gang. When Andy talks to Brooks about getting funds for a better library from the prison, Brooks is incredulous and thinks it is not possible to do so.
   
 
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In 1955, [[Floyd]] tells Andy and Red that Brooks is holding a knife to [[Heywood]]'s throat. Andy manages to calm him down, but he is distraught. They later learn that Brooks has been paroled, and that killing Heywood would have been his way to stay in prison. The gang discusses Brooks, and Red says that Brooks has been in prison so long that he is institutionalized.
 
In 1955, [[Floyd]] tells Andy and Red that Brooks is holding a knife to [[Heywood]]'s throat. Andy manages to calm him down, but he is distraught. They later learn that Brooks has been paroled, and that killing Heywood would have been his way to stay in prison. The gang discusses Brooks, and Red says that Brooks has been in prison so long that he is institutionalized.
   
As he leaves, he lets [[Jake]] go free. The prison doors open, and Brooks steps out and takes a bus to his new home. He is astounded by the changes in the world since he was free, and complains that everyone got themselves in a hurry. [[File:Shawshank-brooks-hang.png|thumb|180px|Brooks commits suicide by hanging himself]]
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As he leaves, he lets [[Jake]] go free. The prison doors open, and Brooks steps out and takes a bus to his new home. He is astounded by the changes in the world since he was free, and complains that everyone got themselves in a hurry. The parole board got him into a halfway house called [[The Brewer]], and a job bagging groceries at the [[Food-Way]]. Brooks hates working there and considers robbing the store and killing his boss at the [[Food-Way]] (as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus bonus]) to go back to prison. He decides that he is too old to do that.[[File:Shawshank-brooks-hang.png|thumb|180px|Brooks commits suicide by hanging himself]]
   
He writes a letter back to his friends at the prison, in which he expresses his difficulties adjusting to the outside world, including , living in constant fear, and longing to break his parole so they'd send him back home. He ties a rope around the beam, and puts a noose around his neck. He rocks the table, and it falls.
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He writes a letter back to his friends at the prison, in which he expresses his difficulties adjusting to the outside world, including holding up a job at a grocery store as a bagger, living in constant fear, and longing to break his parole so they'd send him back home. He decides that he's tired of being afraid, and, deciding not to stay, gets up on a table and carves ''"'''Brooks was here"''' ''into the ceiling beam. He ties a rope around the beam, and puts a noose around his neck. He rocks the table, and it falls. He commits suicide then the camera zooms out on the rope spinning around.
   
 
After his death, [[Andy]] starts to build the [[Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library]].
 
After his death, [[Andy]] starts to build the [[Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library]].
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