| Quote #1
"No, no," Mr. Bruner said. "Oh, confound it all. What I'm trying to say … you're not normal, Percy. That's nothing to be—" (2.67)
Does Percy enjoy being "abnormal" in the beginning (before he knows he's a demi-god)? Why does Chiron wait so long to show Percy his true self? Why is Chiron so flustered here in this moment?
| Quote #2
What I didn't tell them was that I'd have to get a summer job walking dogs or selling magazine subscriptions, and spend my free time worrying about where I'd go to school in the fall. (2.74)
Here, Percy points out another way in which he is "different" and doesn't fit in: he doesn't have as much money as most of the kids attending Yancy Academy. Being relatively poor definitely isolates Percy from his school community. And that's on top of the fact that he is also labeled a problem child.
| Quote #3
They went back to their conversation as if I'd never existed. (2.76)
For most of Percy's life so far, people don't notice him. In fact, Percy's mom does everything she can to make sure people don't notice him. And she loves him more than anything. Man, being a demi-god is really, really hard.