| Quote #7
So I looked at the people she loved. What she had trapped in Plexiglas, what she had trapped like fossil beetles in amber, were the images of a large part of our karass. There wasn't a granfallooner in the collection.
Angela's brand of love is pretty suffocating. She loves her family, but her love seems to want to capture them at their best rather than let them be the people they are. But, as John points out, they are all members of the karass, so we can at least say the love is genuine.
| Quote #8
"She broke my heart. I didn't like that much. But that was the price. In this world, you get what you pay for." (59.13)
Sure, Newt may be a cynic. But this is satire, and satire is nothing if not welcoming to cynics—even cynics in love. (And have you ever met a cynic who didn't have his heart broken?)
| Quote #9
Tears filled [Mona's] eyes. She adored her promiscuity; was angered that I should try to make her feel shame. "I make people happy. Love is good, not bad." (93.26)
Mona may be the character with the most love to give in the novel. But she's also kind of cold and loveless at the same time. Man, this book doesn't give away anything easily.