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by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies Betrayal Quotes

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Quote #1

Finally, Shay said the words Tally had been thinking. "I'm going to lose you, aren't I?"

"You're the one who's running away." (11.75-6)

The first examples of betrayal in this book are abandonment—which is a form of betrayal most of us are familiar with. Tally feels betrayed by Peris when he turned pretty and no longer seemed to care about their friendship. And here are Tally and Shay talking about how they feel abandoned by the other. Yay for equal feelings of abandonment?

Quote #2

"I can't help you," Tally said. "I made a promise." (13.84)

This quote reminds us that we need two things for a betrayal: (1) you need to have loyalty to someone else (which, in this case, is the promise that Tally made Shay)—and then (2) you need to go against that loyalty (as Tally will break that promise to Shay).

Quote #3

His eyes narrowed, and for a moment he looked like the old Peris: serious, thoughtful, even a little bit unhappy. "Tally, you made me a promise too." (15.58)

Ah, things would be so easy for Tally if she didn't have any friends or only had one friend. (For one thing, she'd only have to remember one birthday. But her Facebook wall would look a little sad.) Tally's problem is that she has many friends and has made many conflicting promises.

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