The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Poverty doesn't give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor. (2.54)
But my lips and I stopped short when I saw this written on the inside front cover: THIS BOOK BELONGS TO AGNES ADAMS. (4.52)
Everybody in Reardan assumed we Spokanes made lots of money because we had a casino. But that casino, mismanaged and too far away from major highways, was a money-losing business. In order to make money from the casino, you had to work at the casino.
And white people everywhere have always believed that the government just gives money to Indians.
And since the kids and parents at Reardan thought I had a lot of money, I did nothing to change their minds. I figured it wouldn't do me any good if they knew I was dirt poor.
What would they think of me if they knew I sometimes had to hitchhike to school?
Yeah, so I pretended to be middle class. I pretended I belonged. (17.9-17.13)