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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Family Quotes

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Quote #7

"So you would want to be able to get into his house?" (13.81)

We were really disturbed by Jack encouraging his daughter to break into Harvey's house to get evidence of his guilt. Since this is a book, and Lindsey is one of the daring heroes of it, we'll let it slide.

Quote #8

It was on that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or the sun; it cannot be contained. (14.100)

Susie is talking about the day she meets the other girls Harvey killed. She learns that by sharing her story with them, her pain lessens. So, if she can tell a big long story, her pain might disappear.

Quote #9

"Once upon a time there was a kid named Billy. He liked to explore. He saw a hole and went inside but never came out. The End." (16: Snapshots.45)

Buckley is working out the idea of death through art. He's also showing that he knows the details of what happened to Susie. Jack doesn't put it together though and puts the picture on the fridge with the drawing of the Inbetween. We can really see the depth of the pain of the family at that moment.

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