| Quote #1
First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month, school hasn't begun yet. July, well, July's really fine: there's no chance in the world for school. (Prologue.1)
This immediately sets the tone of the novel as being focused on the experience of boyhood by discussing the implications of different months for youngsters.
| Quote #2
It was always a surprise – that old man, his work, his name.
This is our first introduction to Charles Halloway. Note the intense contrast and distance drawn between him and his child. Read the rest of the passage for more.
| Quote #3
Watching the boys vanish away, Charles Halloway suppressed a sudden urge to run with them, make the pack. He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life. (3.1)
Charles Halloway's longing for youth makes him incredibly susceptible to the carnival's temptations. What gives him the strength to resists these temptations?