Study Guide

Hope Was Here Principles

By Joan Bauer

Principles

"I've learned things with this disease I never would have otherwise. Mostly I've learned how important it is to do the right thing, no matter who opposes you." (32)

When G.T. announces his plan to run for mayor, he makes it clear that he's not going to play dirty like Millstone. He sets the tone for his campaign right then and there by referring to Millstone without naming names. It's a sad statement on the state of politics when a principled guy like G.T. is the exception, not the rule.

Adam Pulver faced the group. "It's not going to be easy out there today. But remember, our cause is just." (49)

It's your belief in your principles that lets you deal with the difficult stuff. If you're 100% committed, like Adam, you won't mind taking the heat.

"Because no one understands how important it is to say and do what's right while you've got the time, more than a person who's living with a short wick." (54)

G.T. has to work extra hard to change the mindset of Mulhoney's voters who only focus on what a dying man with no political experience won't be able to do, rather than what he will.

"Because he's totally honest, completely fair, and he cares about everyone's welfare." (92)

Hope's succinct and concise response to Jillian's question, "Why do you think G.T. should be mayor?" characterizes the man perfectly.

"What has the cancer taught you?" a reporter asked G.T.

"It's never too late to do the right thing," G.T. answered. (129)

Once again, G.T. takes the high road here by not saying outright what he really means: Listen up people of Mulhoney. You've let Millhouse mess things up for eight years. I can clean up his mess but you've got to let me do it now!

"G.T. isn't fake like so many politicians, he really wants to help people, he's not in it for the power or the glory."

"Where is he now?"

I know he's upstairs taking a nap because he's not feeling well, but I don't think that's the right thing to say. Then I think that G.T. would probably want me to tell the truth, so I do. (133)

When you're so firm on your own principles like G.T., you inspire others who might have practical reasons to back down.

Everyone there knew we'd heard an honest man make a pledge that he would take to heart every day he was mayor. (168)

When G.T. is finally sworn in as mayor of Mulhoney and promises "to uphold the laws of Mulhoney to the best of his ability," Hope knows that G.T. will give it his "best" until he is no longer physically able.

"I don't believe that you'll ever enjoy that money just like I don't believe that people who lie or cheat or get away with things really enjoy themselves because there's a price to pay in this world." (179)

The letter Hope wrote (but never mailed) to Gleason Beal after he conned Addie out of her money reveals the same moral code that her father lives by. Not the father she was searching for back then, but the father she found when she finally stopped searching.

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