| Quote #1
Hugo was good with clocks, too. The talent ran in the family. Hugo’s father had always brought home broken clocks for his son to play with, and by the time he was six, Hugo was able to fix just about anything. (1.5.20)
Hugo’s just like his father, who he looks up to more than anything. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in this case, the cog doesn’t fall far from the clock.
| Quote #2
“Your father’s dead, and as your only living relative, I’m taking you in.” (1.5.34)
Wow, that’s comforting. Hugo’s going to be taken in by his only living relative, an alcoholic thief who wants him to quit school in order to apprentice with him? This is really one of those situations where family might not have your best interests at heart. Too bad Hugo doesn't have much of a choice.
| Quote #3
“No. The only thing I’ll say is that I need to protect my husband. And the best way for me to do that is just to forget about all this…” (2.1.63)
Mama Jeanne may love and miss Papa Georges’s past as much as he does, but she’s willing to bury everything in order to protect her husband. While she may have his best interests at heart, by the end of the book, it's pretty clear that her husband needs just the opposite of protecting.