| Quote #7
"She had good cause to run off from that house. She didn't have none to leave mine. 'Twas her home" (9.18).
Doc's idea of home is simple and humble. In his eyes, Holly had all the home she needed with him as his wife and as the stepmother of his children. He just doesn't get the idea of leaving a home like his to search for something different.
| Quote #8
"Anyway, home is where you feel at home. I'm still looking" (17.22).
We couldn't ask for a more perfect articulation of Holly's idea of home. It's not a place but a feeling, not a physical location but an emotional reaction.
| Quote #9
Flanked by potted plants and framed by clean lace curtains, he was seated in the window of a warm-looking room: I wondered what his name was, for I was certain he had one now, certain he'd arrived somewhere he belonged (19.1).
Holly's cat finally finds a home in his owner's absence, and the narrator knows it's a home because someone cares enough to give him a name and to claim him. The cat finally belongs to someone, and this is what makes this place home.