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by Neil Gaiman
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Coraline Versions of Reality Quotes

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Quote #1

And then it took shape in the mist: a dark house, which loomed at them out of the formless whiteness."But that's –" said Coraline."The house you just left," agreed the cat. "Precisely." (6.51-53)

The fact that the entire other world is so small makes Coraline feel disoriented; imagine if suddenly all that existed was your house and your yard.

Quote #2

There was nothing else there in the mirror. Just her, in the corridor.A hand touched her shoulder, and she looked up. The other mother stared down at Coraline with big black button eyes. (6.74-75)

This scene freaked us out a little and made us wonder if the other mother was a vampire. We love the immediate shift here, too. One second, Coraline is alone, the next, the other mother is there.

Quote #3

Through the stone the world was gray and colorless, like a pencil drawing. (8.116)

Once Coraline starts looking through the stone, we see a sharper contrast between what the other mother wants her to see, and what the other world really is. Which one – if either – is reality?

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