by Neil Gaiman
Coraline Family Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"I don't want to play with you," she said. "I want to go home and be with my real parents. I want you to let them go. To let us all go."
The other mother shook her head, very slowly. "Sharper than a serpent's tooth," she said, "is a daughter's ingratitude." (6.80)
This scene is a weird (and creepy) parody of a typical argument between a mother and daughter. In Coraline's case, it's a fight between a daughter and her kidnapper/would-be mother. Yikes.
She said, "You know that I love you."
And, despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold. (9.7-8)
Coraline's realization and insight here are really powerful. The other mother does really love Coraline, but in a twisted way. How is this kind of love different than familial love?