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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick

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Quote #1

And so Hugo began working all day in the dark on the clocks. (1.5.41)

Hugo quickly goes from a happy-go-lucky kid who adores his father and has lots of close friends at school to the poster child for underage, homeless workers. Uncle Claude really did a good job of bringing that kid up right.

Quote #2

He had been studying the book very closely and had learned how to do just about every magic trick it talked about. (1.11.6)

Hugo becomes a magician in his own right after he reads the book that he bought and watches Papa Georges performing some tricks. In fact he becomes good enough to make Isabelle’s key necklace “vanish” without her knowing it. After all, what's pickpocketing if not an example of sleight of hand?

Quote #3

The mechanical man hadn’t been writing… it was drawing! (2.12.54)

The mechanical man that Hugo has been so eagerly trying to fix has finally been transformed. It’s no longer a hunk of metal; it’s a moving, (not-quite) breathing little being.

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