Breakfast at Tiffany's
by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's The Home Quotes
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Even so, whenever I felt in my pocket the key to this apartment; with all its gloom, it still was a place of my own, the first, and my books were there, and jars of pencils to sharpen, everything I needed, so I felt, to become the writer I wanted to be (1.1).
Even though his apartment is small, old, and dingy the narrator loves it because it's his. This apartment is home to him because it represents the start of his career as a writer and the beginning of life on his own.
"Oh, you get used to anything," I said, annoyed with myself, for actually I was proud of the place (3.11).
After Holly criticizes the narrator's apartment and he agrees with her in order to save face, he feels like he's betrayed his home since it's a place he actually loves a lot. This passage presents us with the interesting idea that betrayal can extend to an idea like "the home."
"If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name. I've thought maybe after the war, Fred and I – " (4.58).
This is Holly's idea of home in a nutshell. It needs to be a place where she feels safe and it needs to include Fred. Home is both the place where she feels secure and is the people who she surrounds herself with.