The Graveyard Book
The Supernatural Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
“There’s atoms, which is things that is too small to see, that’s what we’re all made of. And there’s things that’s smaller than atoms. That’s particle physics.”
Bod nodded and decided that Scarlett’s father was probably interested in imaginary things. (2.65-2.67)
The novel seems to be making the point that we accept the things scientists tell us, even when we can’t see those things with our own eyes. Yet, many scientists deny that creatures like the ones in this novels exist, and call them imaginary.
“Are we going to the wall of graves?”
“The ghoul-gates? No. Those are for ghouls. I am a Hound of God. I travel my own road, into Hell and out of it.” (3.247-3.248)
Bod actually goes to Hell and comes face-to-face with ghouls. From what we see, ghouls used to be ordinary humans, made into ghouls by some other ghoul. Miss Lupescu, a being who just screams “supernatural,” is free to travel in and out of all sorts of worlds and can never be touched by minor beasts like the ghouls.
Liza giggled again. Then she put her lips together and blew, making a noise that began as a whistling, and then sounded like a distant wind. The electric lights in the little room flickered and buzzed, then they went out. (4.245)
Liza pulls out all the typical ghost effects to try to scare Abanazer Bolger when he holds Bod hostage. Bolger doesn’t seem to be believe in ghosts – he comes up with rational explanations for all her efforts.