Because of Winn-Dixie
How we cite our quotes:
I knew I had done something big. And maybe stupid, too. But I couldn't help it. I couldn't let that dog go to the pound. (1.9)
Opal followed her gut in this moment. She had no idea what the preacher would say, and she'd never had a dog. But something deep inside told her she needed to save this one. Apparently, her gut knew that dog would end up saving her. Thank you, Gut.
"I've been talking to him and he agreed with me that, since I'm ten years old, you should tell me ten things about my mama. Just ten things, that's all." (3.25)
Whoa. This must have taken some courage, because the preacher has never told her anything about her mom. And yet, it seems, all she really had to do was ask. Getting the words out of your mouth is sometimes the hardest part of being brave, but yet so worth it.
"Well, if this bear intends to eat me, I am not going to let it happen without a fight. No ma'am." (7.15)
Miss Franny's got some moxie! There's a bear-fighter beneath her tottery, bookwormy exterior. It makes you wonder what other traits are hidden inside people, just waiting to come out at the right time.