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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book


by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book The Supernatural Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

He couldn’t push the minds of the dead as he could the living, but he could use all the tools of flattery he possessed, for the dead are not immune to either. (1.112)

Silas makes Jack Frost forget all about the possibility of Bod being in the graveyard the night Jack kills Bod’s family. Silas also wipes Scarlett’s memory, and hypnotizes her mother into moving back to Scotland. Kind of scary, isn’t it?

Quote #2

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)

Fading and Sliding are supernatural powers Bod can only use in the graveyard, with some exceptions. When he leaves the graveyard to see the world at the end of the book, we don’t think he can take those skills with him. Dreamwalking, on the other hand, seems like the type of power Bod might be able to keep. What do you think?

Quote #3

“You were given Freedom of the Graveyard […]. So the graveyard is taking care of you. While you are here, you can see in the darkness. You can walk some of the ways that the living should not travel. The eyes of the living will slip from you. (2.10)

Nice! Bod gets to move through walls…though only when he’s in the graveyard.

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