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Quotes

Quote #1

Of course, he wasn't crazy, crazy […] but was a nice crazy like someone you meet in your dreams. (1.3)

This is line helps the readers understand early in the story that Brother does love Doodle, and that he remembers everything about him fondly.

Quote #2

There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction […] (2.8)

This quote takes on lots of meaning when we look at it after we know that Doodle is dead, and when we know how he dies. Brother's guilt comes from his love for Doodle, and from every moment he wishes he could change. The words "borne" means something like "carried" here. Brother is suggesting that love moves in a stream, the way human blood moves in a stream.

Quote #3

[…] he looked straight at me and grinned. (1.5)

Love at first sight! Brother and Doodle have a natural love for one another. Sadly, the expectations and norms of society intrude. If Brother hadn't worried about how other people might see Doodle, he might not have been ashamed of him at all.

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