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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

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Quote #1

He wasted no tears on the Alacráns or their slaves Felicia, Fani, and Emilia. But he wept for El Patrón, who deserved pity less than anyone but who was closer to Matt than anyone in the world. (25.23)

Matt's a compassionate and deeply conflicted individual, and his love for El Patrón is twisted and confusing and, ultimately, understandable.

Quote #2

As though it could hear, the infant flexed its tiny body in the womb until it was turned toward the man. And Eduardo felt an unreasoning stir of affection. (1.16)

Matt's birth is not your typical birth. The closest thing he gets to the usual tender moment with the mother is this moment with Eduardo, the scientist who creates him.

Quote #3

"Take the creature outside."

Rosa hesitated, obviously bewildered.

The man leaned forward and whispered into her ear.

A look of horror crossed Rosa's face. She instantly scooped up Matt and ran. (3.110-13)

Rosa hates clones so much she's willing to completely change her behavior toward Matt the moment she discovers the truth about his identity. But we can't blame only Rosa. The prejudice is so widespread in Opium that almost everyone feels the exact same way.

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