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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

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Quote #1

In a voice like the chiming of a hundred tiny silver bells she said only, “The dead should have charity.” And she smiled. (1.161)

The Lady on the Grey only appears on very special occasions. Here, we can see how compassion can be contagious. When someone in a high position like the Lady sets a good example, many others will follow.

Quote #2

“It’s the first nice thing anybody’s done for me in five hundred years,” she said, with a hint of a goblin smile. (4.224)

Bod shows compassion for Liza by actually doing something that will make her feel better (in this case, getting her a headstone). It’s one thing to feel bad for somebody, and another thing to take the time and effort to do something to really help him or her. He definitely gets an A+ in compassion here

Quote #3

“If I go out into the world the question isn’t ‘who will keep me safe from him?’”
“No.”
“It’s ‘who will keep him safe from me?’” (6.60-6.62)

Compassion and forgiveness is definitely not on Bod’s mind here, when he learns that Jack killed his family. We didn’t really expect him to feel any.

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