I Am the Cheese
by Robert Cormier
I Am the Cheese Memory and The Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
I'm not sure. What I mean is, I don't know whether I actually heard the words or if I'm filling them in now, like blank spaces on a piece of paper you have to complete (2.6)
T: Why are you hesitating? You appear – uncertain.
A: I am.
T: About what?
A: I don't know (2.6).
You know when you feel really anxious about something, but you're not sure what? Or you're really hyped up but can't figure out why? This is like that times a thousand. Adam is uncertain about his uncertainty all the time.
Or am I dramatizing, Adam wondered. He wanted to be a writer, to capture drama on paper. Was he really manufacturing mysteries to satisfy his literary longings, finding mysteries where they did not in fact exist? (13.4)
Adam is talking here about spying on his family – but is it possible that his memory has also manufactured some mysteries? How much can we really trust his account of what happened in the past?