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Emma Donoghue Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Emma Donoghue
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″‘I’ll get bigger and bigger and bigger till I turn into a human.’ ‘Actually, you’re a human already,’ says Ma. ‘Human’s what we both are.’ I thought the word for us was real.”
Emma Donoghue
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Room
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Jack
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language
communication
human
real
concepts
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“How can there be two Pauls? ‘You’d call him Uncle Paul.’ That’s too many names, my head’s full. My tummy’s still empty like the apple isn’t there. ‘What’s for lunch?‘”
Room
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Jack
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“Some [crayons] are spelled wrong on purpose for a joke, like Mauvelous, that’s not very funny I don’t think.”
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“Near the start [of the note], there’s two words I never saw before, Ma says they’re her names like TV persons have, what everybody in Outside used to call her, it’s only me who says Ma.”
Room
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Jack
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″‘You figure some kind of cult? […] The long hair, no surnames, the state of that tooth…‘”
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“Waiting for my cake takes hour and hours.”
Room
book
Jack
character
long time
time
cake
concepts
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″‘Uh-oh, hitting’s not allowed.’ […] ‘Actually, boxing… it’s nasty but it’s a game, it’s kind of allowed if they have those special gloves on.‘”
Room
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Jack
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“I’m learning lots more manners. When something tastes yucky we say it’s interesting.”
Room
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Jack
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“Nothing makes Ma scared. Except Old Nick maybe. Mostly she calls him just ‘him’, I didn’t even know the name for him until I saw a cartoon about a guy that comes in the night called Old Nick.”
Room
book
Old Nick
Jack
characters
names
fear
scary
concepts
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“If the rings [of the stovetop] ever go against something like a dish towel or our clothes even, flames would run all over with orange tongues and burn Room to ashes with us coughing and choking and screaming with the worst pain ever.”
Room
book
Jack
character
fire
fear
clothes
screaming
pain
concepts
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″‘Then why is she staring at us?’ Her arm goes around me tight. ‘I’m nursing my son, is that OK with you, lady?‘”
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″‘I thought he was going to punish us too.’ I try to imagine. ‘Like if there were two Rooms, if he put me in one and you in the other one.‘”
Room
book
Old Nick
Jack
characters
family
punishment
fear
concepts
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“I’d love to watch TV all the time but it rots our brains.”
Room
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Jack
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″[Ma] gets sick of things fast, it’s from being an adult.”
Room
book
Jack
character
time
mothers
sickness
adults
concepts
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″‘Germs could make you die.‘”
Room
book
Jack
character
die
germs
fear
concepts
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“There’s hours and hours, hundreds of them.”
Room
book
Jack
character
time
hours
hundreds
concepts
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“I know that already, everything’s breakable.”
Room
book
Jack
character
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“Beep beep, that’s Door. Ma jumps up and makes a sound, I think she hit her head. She shuts Wardrobe tight.”
Room
book
Jack
Old Nick
characters
door
heads
wardrobe
concepts
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“What if [Old Nick] comes and Ma won’t wake up, will he be even more madder? Will he make worse marks on her?”
Room
book
Old Nick
Jack
characters
worse
fear
concepts
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“Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. ‘Was I minus numbers?‘”
Room
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Jack
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