How we cite our quotes:
"Don't speak like that about your father, Albert. He's been through a lot. It's not right." (1.12)
Albert's mother puts a lot emphasis on family right from the get-go. She thinks that the fact that he's Albert's father trumps any of the drunken shenanigans he often pulls. How does Albert feel about this? Let's just say he doesn't agree.
Albert and I grew up together. A yearling colt and a young boy have more in common than awkward gawkishness. (2.1)
What else do Albert and Joey have in common? We can think of a love of running around fields and a dislike for Albert's father. Oh, but Albert doesn't kick his father in the shins.
"[Joey] can't be handled that way. I know him, Father. I know him as if he were my own brother." (2.10)
The bond between Joey and Albert is much stronger than just boy and pet, or boy and partner, or even boy and best friend. These first chapters serve to tell us just how strong their relationship is.