Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"You know what – we should try to make up with Hermione [...] She was only trying to help [...]"
"Yeah, all right," said Ron. (12.5.38-9)
The first time the boys go to make up with Hermione, it's clear that they haven't really learned their lesson. They only decide to go make up with her after Harry gets his Firebolt back – they pretty much never forgive her while the Firebolt is still AWOL.
Hermione burst into tears. Before Harry could say or do anything, she tucked the enormous book under her arm, and still sobbing, ran toward the staircase to the girls' dormitories and out of sight.
"Can't you give her a break?" Harry asked Ron quietly.
The image of Hermione running off, sobbing, is really painful. Though it's kind of pathetically funny that, even in her extreme distress, she remembers to bring her book with her. Poor kid.
"No," said Ron flatly. "If she just acted like she was sorry – but she'll never admit she's wrong, Hermione." (13.3.10-2)
Ron's stubbornness and, dare we say, competitiveness, drown out any compassion he might otherwise feel for Hermione.