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THE LOVELY BONES QUOTATIONS / QUOTES
9) “Murder had a blood red door on the other side of which was everything
unimaginable to everyone.” (p. 206)
This quote sheds light on the most difficult part of being the family of a
murdered child: no one wants to cross your door, because your tragedy
10) “I had rescued the moment by using my camera and in that way
had found how to stop time and hold it. No one could take that image away
from me because I owned it.” (p. 213)
Here we see how important the photos have become not only to her family, but
to Susie as well.
11) “I watched my beautiful sister running . . . and I knew she was
not running away from me or toward me. Like someone who has survived a
gut-shot, the wound had been closing, closing - braiding into a scar for
eight long years.” (p. 242)
Susie observes how her sister has finally reached a point where her pain will
soon be healed.
12) “Sometimes you cry, Susie, even when someone you love has been
gone a long time.” (p.261)
Susie’s grandfather reveals that even in heaven, there are painful memories.
13) “My father could see shimmers, like colored flecks inside my
mother’s eyes - things to hold on to.” (p. 270)
Susie’s father sees possibilities for the future with his wife in her “ocean
14) “Stones and bones; snow and frost; seeds and beans and polliwogs.
Paths and twigs, assorted kisses, We all know who Susie misses . . .”
Susie recites a poem her father always said to her when she was small. It
comforts her now that she knows she will soon be able to let go of Earth.
15) “Last night it had been my father who had finally said it, ‘She’s
never coming home.’ A clear and easy piece of truth that everyone who
had ever known me had accepted. But he needed to say it, and she needed
to hear him say it.” (p. 289)
For eight years, the family has been unable to admit what they have always
known in their hearts: Susie was dead.
16) “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence:
the connections - sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but
often magnificent - that happened after I was gone. And I began to see
things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events
that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become
whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came
to see as this miraculous body had been my life.” (p. 320)
Susie explains how her death impacted the world while she was in it and how it has impacted the world without her. This is also the basis for the title of the novel.
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