Island of the Blue Dolphins
Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
His voice echoed against the rock walls of the cove. The words were strange, unlike any I had ever heard. Slowly he spoke in our tongue.
"I come in peace and wish to parley," he said to the men on the shore. (1.29-30)
What is Karana's first impression the Russians? Are Captain Orlov's words true?
"The Aleuts come from a country far to the north, he said. "Their ways are not ours nor is their language. They have come to take otter and to give us our share in many goods which they have and which we can use. In this way shall we profit. But we shall not profit if we try to befriend them. They are people who do not understand friendship" (2.7)
The islanders see the Aleuts as different and foreign. Both cultures think the other is not worth knowing.
I had never seen this dog before the Aleuts came and no one else had, so he must have come with them and been left behind when they sailed away. He was a much larger dog than any of ours, which besides have short hair and brown eyes. I was sure the he was an Aleut dog. (15.3)
The leader of the dog pack is not a native of the island; rather, he is foreign to it. How do the two become friends?