by Paul Zindel
The Pigman Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter)
[John:] If anyone distorts, it's that mother of hers. The way her old lady talks you'd think Lorraine needed internal plastic surgery and seventeen body braces, but if you ask me, all she needs is a little confidence. (3)
John shows that he understands Lorraine perhaps better than Lorraine thinks he does.
[Lorraine:] I should have just left there and then because I knew things were going to get involved. I realize now there were plenty of bad omens within the next few minutes. If I'd had half a brain, I'd have Pogo-sticked it right out of there. (6)
Lorraine is superstitious, but, ironically, the omens are correct, in a way. Their friendship with Mr. Pignati does end in death, at the zoo.
[John:] I don't happen to buy all of Lorraine's stuff about omens. She talks about me distorting, but look at her. I mean, she thinks she can get away with her subliminal twists by calling them omens, but she doesn't fool me. The only difference between her fibs and mine are that hers are eerie—she's got a gift for saying things that make you anxious. (7)
Again, John's observations about Lorraine are uncannily accurate.