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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Fate vs. Free Will Quotes

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Quote #1

[Henry:] I hate to be where [Clare] is not, when [Clare] is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow. (Prologue.15)

Henry comments on the fact that not even his love for Clare can overcome his displacement in time and space. His genetic disorder is stronger than his emotions, stronger than his will.

Quote #2

[Clare to Henry:] "…it's very peaceful here with you. It's nice to lie here and know that the future is sort of taken care of." (1.1.15)

Clare believes in that moment of finally finding Henry in the present. She considers her future to be taken care of, and this means there's nothing to worry about anymore but to enjoy being with Henry in the moment.

Quote #3

[Henry:] "A couple years ago, I saw a little girl get hit in the head with a hockey puck at Indian Head Park. […] I found out later that she died in the hospital. And then I started to time travel back to that day, over and over, and I wanted to warn her mother, and I couldn't. […] It was like being a ghost." (1.4.59)

Henry tried to save the girl several times, and every time had to witness her death happen once again, helpless. It makes you wonder if it's easier to accept death when you know there's nothing you can do or could have done. That it's just a fact of life.

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