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by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl Man and The Natural World Quotes

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Quote #1

And each night I thought of her as the moon came through my window. I could have lowered my shade to make it darker and easier to sleep, but I never did. In that moonlit hour, I acquired a sense of the otherness of things. I like the feeling the moonlight gave me, as if it wasn't the opposite of day, but its underside, its private side, when the fabulous purred on my snow-white sheet like some dark cat come in from the desert.

It was during one of these nightmoon times that it came to me that Hillari Kimble was wrong. Stargirl was real (2.41-42).

When Leo lets the moonlight into his window, he gains insights into the world around him. He feels connected, and he acquires wisdom. Thanks, nature! This occurs several times in the novel, so feel free to look for more examples of when he lets nature into his life. When he does so, does he seem improved as a person? What about when he shuts nature out of his life?

Quote #2

We said "adios" to Señor Saguaro.

On our way out, Archie said, more to me than to Kevin, I thought: "You'll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know" (7.50).

Archie names a lot of things that you might not expect, like a cactus. This naming is a way of emphasizing the fact that all things are connected. Maybe everything has an identity, even the stuff in nature that lacks a brain.

Quote #3

"I lay under my sheet of moonlight. Her voice came through the night, from the light, from the stars" (15.10)

Sometimes, instead of knowledge and wisdom, Leo just feels connected to other people, specifically Stargirl. It is interesting to note the connection between her name (STARgirl) and the MOONshine, isn't' it?

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