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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Rules and Order Quotes

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Quote #4

"Each year it's something I do for Leah. […] My wife. I'm a widower." (5.54)

Len felt that he was intruding on this man's private rituals. (5.55)

And here's where Harvey gets him. Since Len actually is a widower, Harvey inadvertently presses his sympathy buttons. Len will believe anything now, even a wedding tent.

Quote #5

I realized how subversive Ruth was then, not because she drew pictures of nude women that got misused by her peers, but because she was more talented than her teachers. (6.64)

Ruth is a triple threat – talented, opinionated, and willing to act. She's a threat to the order being imposed on her art class since the hippie art teacher got fired.

Quote #6

"You have to give up on Earth." (10.52)

This seemed impossible to me. (10.53)

Susie is still running on Earthly rules and order when she gets to heaven. She can't yet conceive of a the much broader design of the afterworld.

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