quotes compiled by Mr. Miller's English 10 classes, periods 4,6 2007-08
"I don't know, I must have just lost my balance. It must have been that. I did have this idea, this feeling that when you were standing there beside me, y-i don't know, i had a kind of feeling. But you can't say anything for sure from just feelings. And this feeling does make any sense."
"Hit me! I looked at him. Hit me! You can't even get up! You can't evecome near me!"
"If i was head of the class on Graduation Day and made a speech and won the Ne Plus Ultra Scholastic Achievement Citation, then we would both come out on top, we would be even, tht was all. We would be even...." (52)
"It was surprising how well we got along in these weeks. Sometimes I found it hard to remember his treachery, sometimes I discovered myself thoughtlessly slipping back into affection for him again."(55)
“We kid around a lot and everything, but you have to be serious sometimes, about something. If you’re really good at something, I mean if there’s nobody, or hardly anybody, who’s as good as you are, then you’ve got to be serious about that.
"it struck me then that i was injuring him again.it occurred to me taht this could be an even deeper than what i had done before......had i really and definitely and knowingly done it to him after all?i could not remember ,i couldn't think.However it was ,it was worse for him to know it.i had to take it back."
"But I always jumped. Otherwise I would have lost face with Phineas, and that would have been unthinkable." (34)
"Sure, he wanted everything to share everything with me, especially his procession of D's in every subject. The way he, the great athlete, would be way ahead of me. It was all cold trickery, it was all calculated, it was all enmity." (53)
"My misery was too deep to speak any more. I scanned the page; I was having trouble breathing, as though the oxygen were leaving the room" (53)
"was that it! with his head bent over in the lamplight I could discern a slight mound in his brow above the eyebrows, the faint bulge which is usually believed to indicate mental power. Phineas would be the first to disclaim any great mental perwe in himslef. Bt what did go on in his mind? I I was the head of the class and won that prize, then we would be even...."
"I think I'd better get back to the station. I'm already a day late at devon. Finny, "You aren't going to start living by the rules, are you?" (71)
"I don't know, I must have just lost my balance. It must have been that. I did have this idea, this feeling that when you were standing there beside me, y-i don't know, i had a kind of feeling. But you can't say anything for sure from just felings. And this feeling does make any sense. It was a crazy idea, i must have been delirious." (66)
"I know, I know. I'm going to work. I really am going to work. You're going to pull me through mostly, but I am going to work as hard as I can.
"The thought was, You and Finny were even already."(53)
"...in those days almost always moved in groups the size of a hockey team." (15)
Finny must have had a good personality to be popular enough to travel in "groups the size of hockey teams."
"...if Finny pushed hard enough, that there might be a flow of simple, unregulated friendliness between them, and such flows were one of Finny's reasons for living." (22)
Finny lived the suspense that he had experienced when he had to argue or fight his way out of a situation he should not have been in.
"Phineas was the essence of this careless peace." (24)
"Phineas was shocked at the idea of me leaving. in some way he needed me. I was the least trustworthy person he had ever met. He wanted me around. The war then passed away from, and dreams of enlistment and escape and a clean start lost their meaning for me."
"Yes, he had practically saved my life. He had also practically lost it
for me. I wouldn't have been on that damn limb except for him. I
wouldn't have turned around, and so lost my balance, if he had't been
there. I didn't need to feel any tremendous rush of gratitude toward
"He had the blue kite in his hand, that was the first thing I saw. And I can't lie now, and say my eyes didn't scan it for rips." (78)
“Maybe it would be best, lessen his suffering and mine too. Either way, one of us had to go.” (102)
"I lifted Hassan's mattress an planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes, Then I knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped to be the last in a long line of shameful lies." (116)
"I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan, and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. I ran." (77)
"He knew I'd betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time. I loved him in that moment, loved him more than I'd ever loved anyone..." (105)
"Hassan was crying. Ali pulled him close, clutched him with tenderness. Later, I would tell myself I hadn't been envious of Hassan." The Kite Runner, page 35
"I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That's what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan. That's what I made myself believe. I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart: He was just a Hazara, wasn't he?" (77)
"You never waste your time. That's why I have to do it for you." (p. 51)
"I used to tell Hassan that someday we'd walk on a strip of seaweed- strewn beach, sink our feet in the sand , and watch the water rude from our toes . The first time I saw the pacific, I almost cried" (136)
"I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either. Not in the usual sense, any how." (25)
"Then a second realization broke as clearly and bleakly as dawn at the beach. Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies. That explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society, that explained his insistence that I share all his diversions." (53)
"...Baba would buy it for me and then he'd buy it for Hassan too... wished he'd let me be the favorite." (51)
"I watched Hassan get raped. I said to no one. A part of me was hoping that someone would wake up and hear so I wouldn't have to live with this lie anymore. That night I became an insomniac." (86)
"But he's not my friend! I almost blurted. He's my servant! Had I really thought that? Of course I hadn't. I hadn't. I treated Hassan well just like a friend, better even, more like a brother. But if so, then why when Baba's friends came to visit with their kids, didn't I ever include Hassan in our games? Why did I play with Hassan only when no one else was around?" (41)
"I lifted Hassan's matress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghan bills under it. I waited 30 minutes. Then, I knocked on Baba's door and told him what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies." (104)
"I hit him with another pomergrant in the shoulder this time. The juice splattered his face. `Hit me back,' I spat. `Hit me back, goddam you!' I wished he would. I wished he'd give me the punishment I craved, so maybe I'd finally sleep at night." (92)
Nick period 6
"I spent as much time as i could alone in our room, trying to empty my mind of every thought, to forget where i was, even who i was." (62)
"you, Quackenbush, don't know aynthing about who i am." That launched mee, and i had to go on and say, "or anything else." "Listen you maimed son-of-a-bitch..." i hit him hard across the face. i didn't know why for an instant; it was almost as though i were maimed. then the realization that there was someone who was flashed over me.
I found some sheets and made up his bed for him. He wasnt a bit sensitive about being helped.
"I jounced the limb, i caused it...of course you didnt do it. You damn fool, sit down you damn fool...Im going to hit you if you dont sit down." (70)
"god damnit, shut up! I swear to god you ride a joke longer than anyone i know." (89)
Pat m. p.6
Justin Norman Period 6
Gene: Page 52
""You would'nt" I wasn't sure I had the control to put this question-"mind if i wound up head of the class, would you.""
""Mind?"" Two clear green-blue eyes looked at me."
Fat chance you've got, anyway with Chet Douglass around." But you wouldnt mind, would you" I repated in a lower more distinct voice."
"his glance flikered out at me from his defeat, and i saw to my surprise that i had, by making a little fun of him, brought upon myself his unmixed hatred. for my escape this was a price i was willing to pay. page (91)
Then a second realization broke as clealy and bleakly as dawn at the beach. finny had deliberayely set out to wreck my studies. that explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meeting of the super suicide society, thatexplained his insistence that i share all his diversions. the way i blevied that you're-mybest friend blabber! the shadow falling across his fac if i didnt want to do some-thing with him! his instinct for sharing everythingwith mw? sure, he wanted to share every thing with me especially his procession of D'S
"I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall off". He looked older then I had ever seen him. "Of course you didn't do it. You damn fool. Sit down, you damn fool."(70)
"You never waste your time. That's why I have to do it for you."
"Anyway," I grudgingly added,"somebody's got to be the head of the class."
"You see, I knew that's what you were aiming at," he concluded quietly."(51)