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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Death Quotes

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Quote #7

“Why didn’t Silas just kill him?” said Bod fiercely. “He should have just killed him then.” (7.24)

Bod is very frustrated here. He’s getting more and more antsy stuck in the graveyard, and thinks Jack is the reason he is trapped. He doesn’t understand why Silas didn’t take care of Jack that first night, when Jack was trying to find Bod. It could be that Silas didn’t know who or what Jack was at that point. Or, it could be that Silas knew of the prophecy and knew it was Bod’s job, not Silas’s, to deal with Jack.

Quote #8

In the graveyard, no one ever changed. The little children Bod played with when he was small were still little children […]. (7.129)

This is true from Bod’s perspective, but what he doesn’t understand is that the dead do change after knowing him. They don’t change much, mind you. But, they do change in that they have over ten years of new memories, which they will be unable to forget.  Do you believe the dead can change, too?

Quote #9

“There’s not much that happens here to make one day unlike the next. The seasons change. The ivy grows. Stones fall over. But you coming here… well, I’m glad you did, that’s all.” (8.17)

See, that’s what we’re talking about – the graveyard folks are altered by this living boy. At the very least, Bod kept them from getting bored and stirred things up in the graveyard.

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