by Paul Zindel
The Pigman Youth Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter)
[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)
Ironically, John tells us that he is more mature this year, but writing on desks is hardly indicative of maturity.
[Lorraine:] The reason John gets away with all these things is because he's extremely handsome. I hate to admit it, but he is. An ugly boy would have been sent to reform school by now. He's six feet tall already, with sort of longish brown hair and blue eyes. He has these gigantic eyes that look right through you […] (2)
Lorraine begins this description with the objective statement that John is extremely handsome. However, in the last sentence, the tone shifts, and her description of his "gigantic eyes that look right through you" hints that she is attracted to him.
[Lorraine:] I had moved into John's neighborhood at the start of my freshman year, and he and a bunch of other kids used to wait for the same bus I did on the corner of Victory Boulevard and Eddy Street. I was in a severe state of depression the first few weeks because no one spoke to me. It wasn't that I was expecting the boys to buzz around and ask me out, but I was sort of hoping that at least one of the girls would be friendly enough to borrow a hairpin or something. I stood on that corner day after day with all the kids, and nobody talked to me. I made believe I was interested in looking at the trees and houses and clouds and stray dogs and whatever—anything not to let on how lonesome I felt inside. (2)
Lorraine describes her misery at being "the new girl" and feeling unpopular. She also, unwittingly, reveals her very shy nature, saying that she wished people would talk to her. But she never talked to them.