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Quote #7

Somewhere inside her Coraline could feel a huge sob welling up. And then she stopped it, before it came out. (7.1)

People cry for all kinds of reasons: sadness, pain, anger, and of course, fear.

Quote #8

She preferred the other mother to have a location: if she were nowhere, then she could be anywhere. And, after all, it is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see. (8.46)

Coraline manages to be wise, even when she's super scared. Here she recognizes that what you can't see is scarier than what you can.

Quote #9

She had never been so scared, but still she walked forward until she reached the sac. Then she pushed her hand into the sticky, clinging whiteness of the stuff on the wall. (8.82)

This is definitely one of the strangest parts of the book (that sac was super gross), and Coraline's fear is really highlighted: in fact, it is discussed much more directly here than at other times in the story.

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