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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Strength and Skill Quotes

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Quote #1

Some skills can be attained by education, and some by practice, and some by time. Those skills will come if you study. Soon enough you will master Fading and Sliding and Dreamwalking. (2.10)

All the skills Bod learns from his graveyard teacher come in handy, especially when it comes time for Bod to fight the last of the Jacks of All Trades.

Quote #2

But some skills cannot be mastered by the living, and for those you must wait for a little longer. (2.10)

Bod won’t be able to do all the things dead people can do until he’s actually dead. Some skills just have to wait.

Quote #3

“You’re brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don’t care if you are imaginary.” (2.251)

In this passage, Scarlett recognizes one of Bod’s major strengths – his bravery. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t feel fear, only that he doesn’t let fear stand in the way of him doing what he needs to do.

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