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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

There it was, like an accusation, reminding Hugo that everything in his life had been destroyed. He sat down and stared at it. A long time passed. (1.5.45-46)

Poor Hugo is kind of paralyzed by what’s happened when he sees the automaton that his father was working on. The past life he had with his father is gone forever, and he’s left sitting in a pile of rubble feeling horrible. Poor guy.

Quote #2

“Go away,” the old man whispered, letting go of Hugo. “Please just go away. It’s over.” (1.6.7)

The notebook has stirred some not-so-great memories for Georges Méliès… and he just wants them all to go away. But since when does repressing the past ever work?

Quote #3

"We can’t dredge up the past now.” (2.1.60)

Mama Jeanne just keeps saying over and over again that they need to leave the past behind because it will upset Papa Georges. But why should they do that when he has such a colorful and interesting past? Shouldn't he be proud of his achievements, even if he didn't exactly come out on top?

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