| Quote #1
The kid in gray checked out my goggles and said, "Yow! It came from Mars!" (1.9.27)
The kid in gray never gets a name throughout the story. He's always the kid in gray. Does he represent something? A certain type of person, maybe?
| Quote #2
"I'm sorry, but there's no way we can justify putting a visually handicapped student in the goal, of all places, where he could get his head kicked in"
The way school districts deal with disabilities is worth a look. Are they worried for Paul's safety—or are they just worried about a lawsuit? The Lake Windsor coach sure seems pretty concerned about winning the game when he threatens to get Paul kicked out.
| Quote #3
"[The carnival] is low-rent, but it's cool, in a low-rent kind of a way" (1.14.43)
"Slumming it" can be cool for Lake Windsor kids—for a little while, just as long as everyone knows they don't actually belong there.