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by Neil Gaiman

Coraline Choices Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"No," said Coraline.

The other mother sat on the sofa. Her mouth was set in a line, her lips were pursed. (6.93-94)

Neil Gaiman creates a nice contrast in this scene between the other mother's ramblings and Coraline's own terse, or short, answers. Coraline finally shuts the other mother down here: she's the one making the calls.

Quote #8

"And what is it you think you should be finding in this hide-and-go-seek game, Coraline Jones?"
Coraline hesitated. Then, "My parents," said Coraline. "And the souls of the children behind the mirror." (8.24-5)

We love the detail about Coraline hesitating before saying what she'll be finding. Do you think she knew what she was going to say all along? Or did she have to make an on-the-spot decision?

Quote #9

If I'm going to do this, thought Coraline, I'm not going to do it in her clothes. (8.117)

Coraline is still scared, but she's starting to gain confidence here. Her decision to change clothes really reasserts Coraline's identity in the other world.

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