| Quote #4
I warmed to the room at once, I liked its fly-by-night look (4.4).
The narrator finds the unlived-in quality of Holly's apartment very appealing. It's the lack of a homey feeling that he's actually drawn to.
| Quote #5
"If only I could get used to the idea of m-m-marrying a Brazilian. And being a B-b-brazilian myself. It's such a canyon to cross. Six thousand miles, and not knowing the language – " (5.16).
As Mag gets ready to move to Brazil with José, she laments the fact that she has to leave America. To her, the idea of home is very much tied to one's nationality and to one's physical location.
| Quote #6
That Monday in October, 1943. A beautiful day with the buoyancy of a bird. To start, we had Manhattans at Joe Bell's; and, when he heard of my good luck, champagne cocktails on the house. Later, we wandered toward Fifth Avenue, where there was a parade. The flags in the wind, the thump of military bands and military feet, seemed to have nothing to do with war, but to be, rather, a fanfare arranged in my personal honor (7.1).
OK, bear with us. After getting his first story published, the narrator feels like New York is rolling out its best for him. The city, and the people and sights that are a part of it, are at this moment his happy home.