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:] I'm at a loss because I am in love with a man who is standing before me with no memories of me at all. [...] I'm flooded with years of knowledge of Henry, while he's looking at me, perplexed and fearful. (1.1.6.)
In the universe of Clare's life, Henry already plays a big role. His presence has changed her life – he has become part of who she is. In the reality of Henry's present life, however, she's a complete stranger to him.
[Henry to Clare:] "Could we back up? Could we pretend that this is a normal first date between two normal people?" (1.1.50)
Henry seems to be insecure about the fact that Clare knows more about him than he knows yet about himself. That's why he asks her to level the playing field and pretend that they don't know each other.
[Clare:] I stand there, holding the lipstick. I feel a little sick. I wonder what she looks like, what her name is. I wonder how long they've been going out. […] Well, whoever you are, I'm here now. You may be Henry's past, but I'm his future. (1.1.120)
Clare struggles at first with the reality that in Henry's present he is or has been with another woman. Yet she knows that Henry will choose her for his future, which reassures her that this woman poses no real danger to her. That woman now inhabits Henry's past.