by Laurence Yep
Dragonwings The Supernatural Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
There are some dragons that delight in harming other creatures, even their own kin. But the Dragon King himself is by and large a good creature who rules over all reptiles and the animals who live in the sea, and some say he is the head of all the other animals. The Dragon King is one creature you stay friends with, since he can cause earthquakes as well as floods and droughts. To have him personally tell you a story is quite an honor. (3.22)
Moon Shadow's belief in dragons disrupts a more boring understanding of reality, suggesting even that the Dragon King provoked the disastrous earthquake.
Once, as a dragon, you could cut the small shapes of butterflies and birds out of paper and make them come to life. Now as a softskin you can only make the things called kites – that skill is only a remnant of your old powers. (3.41)
Windrider believes that his skill with flying machines as a human is a remnant of his powerful skills as a dragon healer and creator.
"I don't know. I never met [a dragon.]" [Robin] said that almost as a dare to me, but I did not back down.
"How you know? They can be tiny, tiny as flea. Maybe you hear voice speak to you from nowhere. That them as tiny, tiny as ant, only you no see. Or maybe take shape of men." (6.96)
Moon Shadow teaches Robin that there is more truth and reality than the eye can see.