My Brother Sam Is Dead
by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My Brother Sam Is Dead Quotes
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Violence and Warfare Quotes
"Have you ever seen a dear friend lying in the grass with the top of his skull off and his brains sliding out of them like wet oats? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a man with his throat cut...
When I woke up somebody was shouting. I sat up in bed. It was Father. I couldn't hear the words, but I could hear the sound—his heavy, hard voice going on and on. Then there was Sam's voice and h...
I couldn't take my eyes off him; he looked so brave. He was wearing a scarlet coat with silver buttons and a white vest and black leggings halfway up to his knees. Oh, I envied him. (1.7)
Lies and Deceit Quotes
"Tim, did Sam say anything to you about going to the war?"I didn't want to lie to Father, but I didn't want to give Sam away, either. "Well, he said he was, but I thought he was probably just boast...
"They say that the whole colony of Massachusetts is ready to fight and if Massachusetts fights, Connecticut will fight, too."Finally my father lost his temper and slammed his hand down on the table...
Coming of Age Quotes
Of course Sam was almost a grownup himself. He was sixteen; he'd been away at college for almost a year, so you couldn't really call him a child anymore. I guess that was part of the trouble; he th...
"God meant man to obey. He meant children to obey their fathers, he meant men to obey their kings." (1.46)
Visions of America Quotes
So the summer went along and I lived my ordinary life, which was mostly chores all day long. Having a father who was a tavern-keeper was a lot better than being a farmer's son, like most boys. Runn...