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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak Sadness Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

I get out of my bed and take down the mirror. I put it back in my closet, facing the wall. (6.11)

Not being able to look at one's own face in the mirror is a sign of deep sadness.

Quote #2

My goal is to go home and take a nap. (10.10)

The more depressed Melinda gets, the more she needs to sleep. Paradoxically, the more depressed she gets, the harder it is to sleep at night when she's at home.

Quote #3

The salt from my tears feels good when it stings my lips. I wash my face until there is nothing left of it, no eyes, no nose, no mouth. A slick nothing. (21.20)

This is how Melinda feels after Siobhan Falls, a mean Martha, callously talks about Melinda's bitten lips like she's not even in the room.

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