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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving
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A Prayer for Owen Meany Memory and the Past Quotes

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About the middle of the afternoon, Owen started playing what he called "THE REMEMBER GAME."Owen asked me: "DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU MET MR. FISH?"I said I couldn't remember—it seemed to me that Mr. Fish had always been there. "I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN," Owen said. "DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOUR MOTHER WAS WERING WHEN WE BURIED SAGAMORE?"I couldn't remember. "IT WAS THAT BLACK V-NECK SWEATER, AND THOSE GRAY FLANNEL SLACKS—OR MAYBE IT WAS A LONG, GRAY SKIRT," HE SAID. "I don't think she had a long, gray skirt," I said. "I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT," he said. "DO YOU REMEMBER DAN'S OLD SPORTS JACKET—THE ONE THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS MADE OF CARROTS?""It was the color of his hair!" I said."THAT'S THE ONE!" said Owen Meany. (9.461-469)


In this scene, Owen knows that he's going to die the next day. For him, playing the "remember" game is a way of going through his life with John – it's sort of like how TV shows seem to always do a clip show before going off the air.

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