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I Am the Cheese

I Am the Cheese

by Robert Cormier

Family Quotes

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Quote #1

"Jesus," his father said and Adam wasn't certain whether his father was swearing or praying. (22.30)

It's hard to read our parents sometimes. Are they laughing because they think something's funny or because they're so angry they don't know what else to do? Here Adam just can't read his dad, and it makes their relationship feel that much more real.

Quote #2

"Farmer, for God's sake, Grey and his bunch come up with Farmer. White, American, Protestant. WASP. And here I am Italian, and your mother Irish. And both of us Catholic, your mother a devout Catholic who never misses mass on Sunday or holydays." (23.20)

How important is a last name to a family? Is it more important for the Farmers than it would be for a family outside the Witness Re-Establishment Program?

Quote #3

A: [My father] kept apologizing for the predicament he had placed me in, had placed my mother in, too. But I was proud of him, really. I mean, he had done what he believed to be right. (25.3)

Often it's parents who are proud of their children. Here we see a son who is proud of his father. How does this reflect on the dynamics of the Farmer family?

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