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Guilt and Blame Quotes

John: Now Lorraine can blame all the other things on me, but she was the one who picked out the Pigman's phone number. If you ask me, I think he would have died anyway. Maybe we speeded things up a...

Lies and Deceit Quotes

[Lorraine:] Also, you'll find out soon enough that John distorts—when he isn't out-and-out lying. For example, in Problems in American Democracy the other day, Mr. Weiner asked him what kind...

Mortality Quotes

[Lorraine's mother:] "I heard Berdeen's Funeral Parlor is slipping twenty under the table, so maybe I'll give them a little business when the next one croaks." (6)

Family Quotes

[Lorraine:] The analysts would call his family the source problem or say he drinks and smokes to assert his independence. (2)

Home Quotes

[John:] At least twice a week we'd meet for a telephone marathon. Wednesday afternoons we'd have it at Dennis' house because his mother goes shopping at the supermarket and his father doesn't get h...

Old Age Quotes

[John:] I think she [his English teacher] really goes for me the way she always laughs a little when she talks to me and says I'm such a card. A card she calls me, which sounds ridiculous coming ou...

Youth Quotes

[John:] But I gave up on all that kid stuff now that I'm a sophomore. The only thing I do now that is faintly criminal is write on desks. (1)

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

[John:] If I got all involved, I'd forget I had lit the bomb, and then even I'd be surprised when it went off. Of course, I was never as surprised as the poor guys who were in the boys' john on the...

Versions of Reality Quotes

[John:] Lorraine is panting to get at the typewriter now, and I'm going to let her before she has a heart attack. (1) [Lorraine:] I should never have let John write the first chapter because he alw...
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