Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Home Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Mrs. Frisby and her children were especially lucky in the house itself. It was a slightly damaged cinder block, the hollow kind with two ovals through it; it had somehow been abandoned in the garden during the summer. (1.4)
Okay, so it's not a palace, but it sounds like they could do worse. Their home is secure, and cozy enough. Of course later, we learn that all is not as it seems initially, since the Frisby home is in serious danger.
Lined with bits of leaves, cloth, cotton fluff, feathers and other soft things Mrs. Frisby and her children had collected, the house stayed dry, warm and comfortable all winter. (1.4)
Okay, universe, we get it: you're vast and all. But is it fair to allow the Frisbys to make it all the way through the tough winter and then yank the rug our from under their tiny feet? No, no it is not, universe.
"Mrs. Frisby's house is beside the rock, and will get plowed up—and probably crushed, as the owl said. But if we can move it a few feet – so that it lies buried behind the rock—in the lee—then she and her children can stay in as long as they need to." (13.14)
This is the first moment in the novel where it seems like there's any hope for the Frisby family. Mrs. Frisby has been in a panic, unable to see a way out, but the rats easily voice a solution. It's interesting that even though their home is so much fancier, the rats still respect the need to save the Frisby home. Way to stay classy, rats.