Arrietty lives for freedom. She craves it the way Shmoop craves burritos (which is to say, a lot). But the weird thing is, when freedom is mentioned in The Borrowers, it often sounds like a bad thing—a dangerous thing. At least, that's what the adults in the novel would have the youngsters like the boy and Arrietty believe. But the thirst for freedom just can't be quenched, as Arrietty and the boy long for both physical and imaginative varieties.
Pod's so stinkin' selfish. He makes his wife and child live sheltered lives underground, and never allows them to know what it is like upstairs.
Not so. Pod's totally selfless, because he risks his own neck to bring his wife what she wants, even if it's as useless as a teacup.