Awe and Amazement Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Everything you have been taught, all the myths and legends of your world, have a kernel of truth in them. You've seen wonders today. You will see more in the days to come. (15.58)
Sophie realized that she was staring, and deliberately turned away. The men looked like some breed of primitive hominid, but she knew the differences between Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon, and her father had plaster skulls of Australopithecus, Peking man and the great apes in his study. These men were none of those. (17.42)
Our first instinct when we see something totally strange is to, of course, stare. But then, once we're done being totally rude, we try our hardest to fit the strange sight into our limited experience. That's just what Sophie does here. Lacking any better ideas, she runs through the list of similar things she knows—apes, Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons. But then she has to face the shocking truth: this is no hominid. This is a golem.
"So this is the night sky and the moon as they were thousands of years ago," Sophie said in awe. She wished she had her digital camera with her, just to capture the extraordinary image of the smooth-faced moon. (19.43)
Once she gets over the initial shock, what's Sophie's second instinct? To take a picture of course. And that makes sense; when you see something awesome, you just can't wait to share it with someone, to prove that it really did happen. Otherwise, couldn't it all just be a dream?