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The Time Traveler's Wife

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)

Quote #1

[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.

Quote #2

[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.

Quote #3

[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.

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