The Graveyard Book
Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
The three faces staring into his could have been those of mummified humans, fleshless and dried, but their features were mobile and interested – mouths that grinned to reveal sharp, stained teeth; bright beady eyes; clawed fingers that moved and tapped. (3.102)
Hmmm. They look evil and they almost definitely smell evil. But Bod is totally used to that last piece – he lives in a graveyard, after all. Getting to know the ghouls helps him develop his ability to judge good from bad which is a necessity when you’re battling evil.
“The Saturday after they drowned and toasted me, a carpet was delivered to Mr. Porringer […]. […] it carried the plague in its pattern, and by Monday five of them were coughing blood, and their skins were gone as black as mine when they hauled me from the fire.” (4.82)
Liza hints that she paid back the evil done to her (torturing her and burning her alive) with some very dark magic. Does she become evil by getting revenge on the evil done to her in such a way?
A snake with unseeing milky eyes uncoiled in its alcohol-filled jar. A faceless, tiny sea-creature twisted and revolved in its liquid home. A kitten, dead for decades, showed its teeth and clawed the glass. (6.420)
Bod is using some evil-sounding tricks to scare Mo out of her bullying ways. We see the same pattern we’ve been discussing. Bod has to be a bigger bully than Mo to get her to stop bullying – or does he? If this were a different story, we could see Bod getting to know Maureen and changing her by being her friend. Since she’s just a ten-year-old, we wonder if she herself is bullied in some area of her life.