by Neil Gaiman
Coraline Courage Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Because," she said, "when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave." (5.80)
Inspirational poster, anyone? You heard it here first.
"You're sick," said Coraline. "Sick and evil and weird."
"Is that any way to talk to your mother?" her other mother asked, with her mouth full of black-beetles.
"You aren't my mother," said Coraline. (6.89-91)
Insulting your mother is both brave and disrespectful. Insulting your other mother is just plain brave. We wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.
"What exactly are you offering?"
"Me," said Coraline, and she gripped her knees under the table, to stop them from shaking. "If I lose I'll stay here with you forever [....]" (8.16-17)
We love the detail about Coraline gripping her knees under the table. Neil Gaiman really knows how to create an image: this is much more powerful than just saying "Coraline was scared."