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The Host

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

Family Quotes

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Quote #7

[Motherhood is] a choice. A voluntary choice. [...] It's the only way we ever willingly choose to die. A trade, for a new generation. (34.46)

Later, Wanda willingly chooses to die to bring Melanie back. In that way, she's like a mother to Melanie, sacrificing herself so that Melanie can be reborn.

Quote #8

I would have gone into that room again for Jamie, even it was still reeking of blood. (41.124)

Wanda is so attached to Jamie that he's more family to her than her own species is. She's willing to go in to Doc's room and comfort Jamie, even though some of her own kind were just slaughtered in there.

Quote #9

We were a family in that one instant. All of us. (45.68)

Until this point, Wanda hasn't felt part of Melanie and Jared's family. Now that Jared finally trusts her, she feels accepted.

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