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 to Henry:] "I wouldn't want you to miss it. […] All the things that happened. When I was a kid. I mean, so far they have only halfway happened, because you aren't there yet. So when they happen to you, then it's real." (1.8.458)
Although Clare remembers a wealth of real experiences from her childhood with Henry, she doesn't feel like they're real before he has experienced them in his present reality as well.
[Clare:] […] Henry appears, doing up his cuff links. He's wet, dirty, and unshaven. He looks about forty. But he's here, and he gives me a triumphant smile as he walks through the doors of the church and down the aisle. (1.14.46)
Only Clare knows that the Henry who is walking down the aisle to marry her is not present Henry, but an older version of him. It's interesting because the older version of Henry is the man that Clare fell in love with in the first place, when she was a child.