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The House of Dies Drear

The House of Dies Drear


by Virginia Hamilton

The House of Dies Drear Appearances Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

He could see well enough out the window and what he saw made everything inside him grow quiet for the first time in weeks. It was more than he could have dreamed. (3.5)

Thomas dreams seem to include very scary looking houses. In the very next line he says the house looks "at odds with everything living" (3.6). What does your dream house look like? Does this book help you figure that out.

Quote #2

The frightful head looked down. Thomas saw its angry face. The eyes of it caught the fire lights and glinted emerald and wet. (6.43)

Thomas is so scared he doesn't know what he's seeing. We would be too. So, what is he seeing? Either Mayhew or Mr. Skinner being Mr. Pluto, Mr. Skinner's alter-ego.

Quote #3

My head is too big, he thought. But the suit is all right. Everybody will know it is a new suit. I will tell them I got it for my birthday. (9.13)

This is Thomas getting ready for church. Like many of us, he's concerned with his appearance. What are some of the things you tell yourself when you look in the mirror?

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