The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
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The Things They Carried Truth Quotes Page 4

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How we cite the quotes:
Citations follow this format: (Story Title.Paragraph)
Quote #10

"Daddy, tell the truth," Kathleen can say, "did you ever kill anybody?" And I can say, honestly, "Of course not."

Or I can say, honestly, "Yes." (Good Form.11-2)

Both truths work – O'Brien uses "honestly" twice to show us that.  The "or," though, implies that it's a choice as to which truth to use.  You can use one or the other, but not both, and O'Brien has clearly chosen story-truth over happening-truth. 

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