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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Passivity Quotes

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Quote #7

I just kind of listen and nod because Patrick needs to talk. (4.4.2)

Charlie makes for a pretty passive friend. But maybe Patrick really does just need a shoulder to lean on and a person to talk to. What do you think?

Quote #8

And I just let [Patrick kiss me]. Because that's what friends are for. (4.4.79)

Oh, that's what friends are for? We missed that boat. What we think Charlie is saying is that friends should just do whatever their friends want them to. Hmmm, we're not so sure.

Quote #9

It's just hard to see a friend hurt this much. Especially when you can't do anything except "be there." I want to make him stop hurting, but I can't. (4.5.3)

Why doesn't Charlie try to say or do something to help Patrick out? And who told him that all he could do was "be there"? Where is he getting all these ideas?

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