| Quote #4
[John:] Then I got very sad because I knew I wasn't really wondering about the guy underneath me, whoever he was. I was just interested in what was going to happen to me. I think that's probably the real reason I go to the graveyard. I'm not afraid of seeing ghosts. I think I'm really looking for ghosts. I want to see them. I'm looking for anything to prove that when I drop dead there's a chance I'll be doing something a little more exciting than decaying. (7)
This seems to be a rare moment of reflection and introspection for John. He thinks seriously about death and the possibility of an afterlife.
| Quote #5
[John's father:] "The business can be half yours, and you know it. I can't take the strain much longer."
John usually speaks of his father with contempt, but this is a rare exception. He reveals that he cares about his father, and fears his father's death.
| Quote #6
Lorraine, after John finds Conchetta's funeral bill: A terrible chill ran through me when he said that, because I had been afraid Conchetta was not away on a vacation. I didn't exactly suspect Mr. Pignati of having murdered her and sealed her body behind a wall in the cellar, but I was suspicious. There was something about the glaze in his eyes when he laughed that disturbed me because I could tell he didn't really believe his own laughter. It was a nervous type of laughing, the same kind as that of a landlady we once had after her husband died in a dentist's chair while he was under gas. (8)
Lorraine picks up on the fact that there's something strange about Mr. Pignati's laughter, but her suspicions are completely incorrect; he's laughing to cover up his grief, not because he's a psychopath.