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Quotes

Quote #1

I think it's sad because Susan doesn't look as happy. (1.2.2)

Charlie barely knows Susan, but her happiness, or lack of, affects Charlie emotionally. If Charlie is so empathic, why doesn't he ever do anything about it?

Quote #2

I guess I'm pretty emotional. (1.2.10)

Early on, Charlie's writing comes across as pretty sterile, so we're surprised to hear this. The only emotion we've seen from him so far is lots and lots of crying, but that's more of a reaction than an emotion.

Quote #3

I'm really glad that Christmas and my birthday are soon because that means they will be over soon because I can already feel myself going to a bad place I used to go. (2.11.4)

Birthdays and Christmas are usually associated with happy memories and excited anticipation, but Charlie has some pretty deep-seated anxieties about these special days. We don't really find out why until the end of the novel. (And you know we're not going to spoil it for you.)

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