"She is us more than we are us. She is, I think, who we really are. Or were" (7.17).
"So, it's not just an act?" said Kevin.
"An act? No. If anybody is acting, it's us. She's as real as"—he looked around; he picked up the tiny, wedge-like skull of Barney, a 60-million-year-old rodent, and held it up—"as real as Barney" (7.24-25).
"Well, this fellow here lost his game, too. He was winning for ten million years or so, but found himself in a different league. He hung in there as well as he could. He scored his points, but he kept falling farther and farther behind. The opposition was better, quicker, keener. In the championship game, our boy got annihilated. Not only didn't he show up for class the next day, he never showed up, period. They never saw him again" (15.13).