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by Neil Gaiman

Coraline The Home Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. (1.1)

What a wonderful opening line for a book. The door. The house. We have no idea what the narrator is talking about, but we can already tell that this door in this house will be pretty interesting.

Quote #2

On the first day Coraline's family moved in, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible made a point of telling Coraline how dangerous the well was […]. So, Coraline set off to explore for it, so that she knew where it was, to keep away from it properly. (1.15)

Here the narrator cutely rationalizes Coraline's disobedience. Coraline ends up looking for the well even after she'd been told not to. Or perhaps because she'd been told not to. Coraline considers all of the property around her house to be part of her home, and worthy of exploration.

Quote #3

"Can I go into the drawing room?" The drawing room was where the Joneses kept the expensive (and uncomfortable) furniture Coraline's grandmother had left them when she died. Coraline wasn't allowed in there. (1.39)

The drawing room is a place in Coraline's own house where she isn't allowed. Maybe this is part of why she doesn't like her new house: it's not all hers to explore (although she does it anyway, of course).

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