Fear Quotes in The Alchemyst
How we cite our quotes:
Dee fears me. He will bluster and posture, threaten me, possibly even try a few minor spells and incantations, but he will not move against me. Not alone... and even then he would not be assured of success. (14.12)
While we admire Hekate's fierceness here (Tyra would be proud), given what we know goes down in the battle of the Shadowrealm, we can't help but look back on this quote and say, oh Hekate, if only you knew.
This time it was Josh who found he couldn't speak. The idea that something terrible could happen to his sister had only occurred to him a little while before. But the very thought of it terrified him. (24.14)
What do you think, Shmoopers; is this an example of deep fear, or deep love? Josh is afraid of a lot of things (snakes, rats, scorpions), but here he's most afraid of something bad happening to Sophie. It seems his deepest fear is that those he loves will be harmed. He's a nice guy, our Josh.
Now go inside and do whatever she tells you. I know you are afraid, but try not to be. Let me tell you, there is no shame in fear. (24.40)
Wise words from a wise dude. But if there's no shame in fear, why is Flamel telling Sophie not to be afraid? Doesn't that seem a bit… contradictory?