The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Versions of Reality Quotes in The Time Traveler's Wife
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)
[Henry to Clare:] "I don't usually tell myself stuff ahead of time unless it's huge, life-threatening, you know? I'm trying to live like a normal person, you know." (1.1.120)
Henry doesn't like to interfere with the lives of his other selves. He wants all of them to experience life as a normal person, which means not knowing what the future brings.
[Henry:] I remember. I remember. I woke up in the morning and it was all a wonderful dream. Mom laughed and said that time travel sounded fun, and she wanted to try it too. (1.2.78)
The first time Henry time traveled at the age of five, he believed it all to be a wonderful dream the next morning, not reality, which allowed him to enjoy it.
[Henry:] "Maybe [fairytales] are real. Or some little thing in them is real and then people just added to it, you know?" (1.4.194)
His experience of being a time traveler has made Henry more open to the possibilities of other realities out there that most people just consider fiction, such as fairytales.