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The Man-Moth

The Man-Moth

by Elizabeth Bishop

Fear Quotes

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Quote #4

But what the Man-Moth fears most he must do, although
he fails, of course, and falls back scared but quite unhurt. (23-24)

What do you mean "of course" he fails? The Man-Moth doesn't strike us as a glass-half-full kind of moth, so why would he feel that his failure is inevitable? Does he not really want to reach his goal?

Quote #5

[...] He flits,
he flutters, and cannot get aboard the silent trains
fast enough to suit him. (26-28)

The Man-Moth's chaotic frenzy creates quite a ruckus since he's flittering and fluttering—which are rather noisy words—in comparison to the silent trains. Perhaps the silence of the trains is soothing to him, allowing him to chill out after his fall.

Quote #6

[...] He does not dare look out the window, (36)

Just like he knows not to watch ghost videos on the internet when he's alone in the house at night, the Man-Moth is not a thrill-seeker. He probably doesn't go to haunted houses at Halloween either.

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