The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Identity Quotes in The Time Traveler's Wife
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)
[Henry:] When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. (Prologue.11)
Cast into a different time, Henry is stripped of his present identity and becomes a wild animal, struggling for survival.
[Clare to Henry:] "Yes… you're more…" selfish, I think, but I say, "…younger." (1.1.137)
Clare somewhat admits to Henry that he's not the man she knows from her memories. His younger self seems more flawed and not quite as emotionally mature.
[Henry to Henry:] "Can't we just look at the art?" pleads Henry. He's nervous. He's never done this before. (1.4.2)
Henry's younger self is still very much a nine-year-old good boy, raised to think of stealing as a crime. He hasn't yet experienced a situation that would force him to value his survival over his moral standards.