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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

Transience Quotes

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Quote #4

She was forever on her way out […] (8.2).

This short passage perfectly sums up Holly's life. She's always on the move, always onto something better.

Quote #5

Holly was not a girl who could keep anything, and surely by now she had lost that medal, left it in a suitcase or some hotel drawer (8.10).

The narrator doesn't count on Holly hanging on to the St. Christopher medal he gives her for Christmas, and this shows us that nothing in Holly's life is permanent. It's not just her geographical location that changes, and it's not just the people who float in and out of her life – she doesn't even hold tight to the sentimental gifts she receives.

Quote #6

One went: Don't wanna sleep, Don't wanna die, Just wanna go a-travelin' through the pastures of the sky; and this one seemed to gratify her the most […] (3.5).

This is one of the songs Holly often sings when she's waiting for her hair to dry. It's pretty significant that it's one of her favorites since it's all about the desire to keep moving, to keep traveling. The singer wants nothing as permanent as sleep or death.

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