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Quote #1

When we finally got together, I thought we would have fun. We did not. Either I had changed, or they had changed, or all of us had. I would not try again. I concluded that many friendships are born and maintained for purely geographical reasons. I preferred Ginger. ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".16)

Nadia's disillusioning experience with friendship takes place in Florida; in New York, she develops friendships that seem to cross time and space. Hm, wonder where we should move next?

Quote #2

Inside me there was a lot of best friendship that no one but Ginger was using. ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".98-99)

Nadia may seem jaded about friendship, but she's lonely. She's got a deep reservoir of friendship that Julian is able to see—and that must be why he invites her to tea.

Quote #3

That very first summer after Margaret Draper retired was when Eva Marie Olinski left teaching. That was the summer of her automobile accident. For all the many months following the accident, Mrs. Draper stayed in touch with the young Mrs. Olinski. They were both widows now, and they saw each other on a regular basis. (3.5)

Mrs. Draper and Mrs. Olinski become friends when Mrs. Draper pities and cares for Mrs. Olinski after her accident. But of course Konigsburg can't say that straight out.

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