Hannah: The hermit was placed in the landscape exactly as one might place a pottery gnome. And there he lived out his life as a garden ornament. (1.2)
Thomasina: She is vexed with papa for his determination to alter the park, but that alone cannot account for her politeness to a guest. (1.3)
Valentine: the details change, you can't keep tabs on everything, it's not nature in a box. But it isn't necessary to know the details. When they are all put together it turns out the population is obeying a mathematical rule.
Hannah: The goldfish are?
Valentine: Yes. No. The numbers. It's not about the behaviour of fish. It's about the behaviour of numbers. (1.4)