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Quote #1

Sacrifices must be made because of the war. Phillip's dad volunteers to help run the ships that the Chinese sailors have abandoned, even though he knows how risky this will be. Why does he do this? What does it say about him as a person?

Quote #2

Then my mother pointed. I saw a tall man standing on the wall of Fort Amsterdam, waving at us. I knew it was my father. I'll never forget that tall, lonely figure standing on the sea wall. (2.47)

Even though his family is leaving Curaçao, Phillip's dad stays behind because of the war.

Quote #3

I'll never forget that first hour of knowing I was blind. I was so frightened that it was hard for me to breathe. It was as if I'd been put inside something that was all dark and I couldn't get out.

I remember that at one point my fear turned to anger. Anger at Timothy for not letting me stay in the water with my mother, and anger at her because I was on the raft. I began hitting him and I remember him saying, "If dat will make you bettah, go 'ead." (4.64-65)

Even though he is blameless, Timothy lets Phillip hit him, selflessly absorbing the child's anger. Why does Timothy let Phillip treat him this way?

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