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Chains Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Chains
  1. #1
    “Poppa fought like a lion when they came for him, the strongest lion, roaring; it took five of them with hickory clubs, and then Momma fainted, and I caught baby Ruth.”
  2. #2
    “Christmas at home had meant eating Momma’s bread pudding with maple syrup and nutmeg, and reading the Gospel of Matthew out loud whilst Ruth played in Momma’s lap. I was miles away from celebrating like that.”
  3. #3
    “She did not look into my eyes, did not see the lion inside. She did not see the me of me, the Isabel.”
  4. #4
    “I was lost . . . but it was like looking at a knot, knowing it was a knot, but not knowing how to untie it. I had no map for this life.”
  5. #5
    “He freed me from the stocks. He is my friend. My only friend.”
  6. #6
    “Being loyal to the one who owned me gave me prickly thoughts, like burrs trapped in my shift, pressing into my skin with every step.”
  7. #7
    “One by one they dragged us forward, and a man shouted out prices to the crowd of likely buyers and baby Ruth cried, and Momma shook like the last leaf on a tree, and Poppa… and Poppa, he didn’t want them to bust up our family like we were sheep or hogs.”
  1. #8
    “My momma and poppa appeared from the shadows. They flew to me and wrapped their arms around me and cooled my face with their ghost tears.”
  2. #9
    “Momma said we had to fight the evil inside us by overcoming it with goodness.”
  3. #10
    “I worked as a puppet trained to scrub and carry, curtsy and nod.”
  4. #11
    “Half my roll disappeared in one bite. It was the first decent food I’d had since Jenny’s kitchen. Curzon watched me without saying a word. When I licked the butter off my fingers, he gave me his roll.”
  5. #12
    “My belly ached again, as if I were still at sea and the waves were throwing me off balance.”
  6. #13
    “It is honorable to help a friend in need.”
  7. #14
    “I could not eat or drink a thing for my belly was tied up with fear. My thoughts chased round and round my brainpan.”
  1. #15
    “I could not visit the prison daily. I was sure to be caught and punished. But I had to visit the prison daily. Curzon’s life depended on it.”
  2. #16
    “A scar is a sign of strength . . . The sign of a survivor.”
  3. #17
    “We couldn’t take Momma’s shells, nor Ruth’s baby doll made of flannel bits and calico, nor the wooden bowl Poppa made for me. Nothing belonged to us.”
  4. #18
    “My remembery called up the feel of being locked in the stocks, of my face being burnt, of him watching me from across the courtyard; him watching out for me. ‘Twas Curzon who made sure I survived. ‘Twas he who had been my steadfast friend since the day they brought me here.”
  5. #19
    “If an entire nation could see its freedom, why not a girl?”
  6. #20
    “My belly flipped with worry . . . It was up to me to take care of things, to find a place for us. I had to be bold.”
  7. #21
    “Melancholy held me hostage, and the bees built a hive of sadness in my soul. Dark honey filled up inside me, drowning out my thoughts and making it hard to move my eyes and hands.”
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