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)
[Clare:] […] just recently it's started to dawn on me that most girls don't have a Henry. (1.4.217)
Clare realizes that the reality she's living in might not be the reality her peers live in as well. It finally dawns on her that her relationship with Henry has changed her life and has made her different from her friends.
[Henry:] "The choices we're working with are a block universe, where past, present and future all coexist simultaneously and everything has already happened; […] a Christian universe in which God made everything and it's all here for a purpose but we have free will anyway. […] And what do you vote for?" [Clare:] "I don't know. I want God. Is that okay?" (1.4.261-264)
Although Clare is not sure which of the two possibilities is the truth, she chooses to believe in God. What advantages might a Christian universe have for her thirteen-year-old self?
[Gomez to Clare:] "And then he – vanished, and I was standing there, and I just… had to. Believe." (1.8.194)
Like most people faced with Henry's condition, Gomez has to first see Henry disappear before he can believe the man's a time traveler. So it seems that most people's sense of what's real or not real depends on if they can see it or not. What might someone not have to see to believe?