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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #7

I walked up to my grandfather and gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek. He wiped my lip print off with his palm and gave me a look. He doesn't like the boys in the family to touch him. (2.6.23)

Maybe this is why Charlie's father doesn't show affection: his dad isn't the most affectionate guy on the planet either. What will Charlie be like as an adult?

Quote #8

Before she left, she hugged me again. Two in one day! I really do love my sister. Especially when she's nice. (4.9.7)

Charlie's family shows physical affection so rarely that two hugs in one day ends up getting an exclamation point. And exclamation points from Charlie are a big stinkin' deal.

Quote #9

My mom made my favorite [lunch] because I think she knew how sad I would be with everyone gone. (4.10.3)

Charlie's mom also has her own way of showing affection. There's a lot of non-verbal, non-physical communication going on in this family. And if it works, it works.

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