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Quote #4

I had not said anything about what had happened the day before—about being scared down to my very bones when I thought they had left me. I don't know what came over me. Ever since my mother left us that April day, I suspected that everyone was going to leave, one by one. (11.3)

We are struck by how much fear Sal lives with on a daily basis. She must be scared all of the time. What's worse, she doesn't feel she can tell anyone about her fears. She keeps them all bottled up inside.

Quote #5

The morning after my father learned that my mother was not coming back, he left for Lewiston, Idaho. Gram and Gramps came to stay with me. I had pleaded to go along, but my father said he didn't think I should have to go through that. (16.11)

Do you think it was right for Sal's father to not let her come with him to Lewiston? Put yourself in Dad Hiddle's shoes. Why do you think he made that decision?

Quote #6

On the day after he found out she wasn't returning, he flew to Lewiston, Idaho, and when he came back, he spent three days chipping away at the fireplace hidden behind the plaster wall. Some of the cement grouting between the bricks had to be replaced, and he wrote her name in the new cement. He wrote Chanhassen, not Sugar. (18.20)

You know what's weird? We never really learn how exactly Dad Hiddle feels right here. Is he sad, angry, or scared? Sal won't tell us. However, in describing the way that he spends three days chipping away at a fireplace, we understand that he is feeling all of those things. Sometimes a person's actions speak louder than words, and Dad Hiddle hacking at that fireplace tells us much more than a few adjectives ever could.

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