| Quote #4
"You've got to try to understand [your father], Albert. He deserves that much." (3.3)
Once again, Albert's mother tries to get her son to see the goodness in his father. It's a little difficult because, right after this, drunk dad sells Joey to the military. Somehow Albert forgives him by the end of the novel, and they're all one big happy family. If you were in his shoes, would you be able to forgive your dad?
| Quote #5
"Joey is my horse. He's my horse and he always will be, no matter who buys him." (4.16)
Substitute "brother" for "horse" and you've got yourself one adorable sibling relationship. Except for the whole someone purchasing your brother thing.
| Quote #6
Albert, his face and his voice, stayed clear in my mind despite the unerring routine of the work that was turning me imperceptibly into an army horse. (5.14)
Although Joey never thinks of his mother again—not what she looked like or the sound of her neigh—he remembers every detail of Albert while he is at war. What gives? Why is he more connected to Albert than to his mother?