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The House of Dies Drear

The House of Dies Drear

by Virginia Hamilton

Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

Great-grandmother had turned and, not looking back, slowly walked to her house. At the steps she held up her arm in a wave. Thomas hadn't needed to say anything. Within that wave was everything between them. (1.26)

Now that Thomas is moving, his grandmother won't be near him. He won't have access to her daily. Until they go back to visit, he'll just have his memories of her.

Quote #2

The house was a relic with secret passageways and rooms. In Civil War times it had been one of the houses on the Underground Railroad system. (2.4)

A "relic" as you might know, is something that has survived from far back in the past. The house is like a historical document. It can reveal truths about things that happened long ago. To live in such a house is Mr. Small's dream.

Quote #3

"Are there a lot of old people?" asked Thomas. "I mean in the town – old ones who remember everything and talk a lot, like Great-grandmother always did?" (2.65).

Thomas seems to really value memory and knowledge of the past. He also values those who hold the memories and are willing to tell them. We think he and Mr. Pluto could be great friends now that they've figured out who each other are.

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