The Graveyard Book
How we cite our quotes:
“We never had a child,” said his wife. “And his mother wants us to protect him. Will you say yes?” (1.54)
Mr. and Mrs. Owens are given the opportunity to raise a child after they’re dead, even though they didn’t have children in life. Mrs. Owens, in particular, really appreciates having a youngster around. Youth is definitely something to be respected and adored in this novel.
“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)
Like many of us, Bod’s youth is full of education. As this quote tells us, a lot of things Bod is learning aren’t taught in the classroom. Silas’s comment is in response to Bod’s desire to do things he sees the dead do.
“Well,” said the girl, “what was you when you was last birthday?”
“I didn’t,” said Bod. “I never was.” (2.37-2.38)
This conversation between Bod and Scarlett happens when Bod is about four, and Scarlett’s five. It’s pretty cute. Bod is saying that he’s never celebrated his birthday, doesn’t know about birthdays, and sure doesn’t know when his is. But, the play on words tells us about Bod’s early confusion over whether he’s dead or alive.