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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife


by Audrey Niffenegger

Time Quotes in The Time Traveler's Wife

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

[Clare:] I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way. (Prologue.2)

Clare comments on her subjective experience of time. When Henry is away, time seems to move more slowly because she's waiting for him. All she can do is just try to distract herself with work.

Quote #2

[Clare to Henry:] "You made it impossible for me to find you in the present; you said it would just happen when it was supposed to happen." (1.1.2)

Despite Henry's advice to wait for time to unite them naturally, Clare kept searching for Henry. She tried hard to cheat time, because she couldn't stand waiting any longer.

Quote #3

[Henry:] It's a very… compatible kiss, a kiss born of long association. (1.1.101)

Although Henry doesn't remember Clare yet, her physical affection and familiarity with him demonstrates that she has known him for a long time already.

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