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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #4

Holly stepped out of the car; she took the cat with her. Cradling him, she scratched his head and asked, "What do you think? This ought to be the right kind of place for a tough guy like you. […] So scram," she said, dropping him (18.12).

Holly's poor cat. She knows she loves him and we know she loves him, but he represents being tied down to something, and Holly just isn't prepared to do this yet. This innocent cat signifies confinement to skittish Holly.

Quote #5

Brazil was beastly but Buenos Aires the best. Not Tiffany's, but almost (19.1).

Holly's postcard tells us that she has secured her literal freedom in that she has escaped the authorities and is living her life in South America. But she still hasn't found her Tiffany's quite yet.

Quote #6

"Look. Don't despise me, darling." She put her hand over mine and pressed it with sudden immense sincerity. "I haven't much choice […]" (17.24).

After spending her life cultivating freedom and resisting confinement, Holly finds herself left with little actual freedom when it comes to her future. She doesn't have many options after being arrested so, in the end, she's pretty confined by the decisions she's made.

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