What are 10 quotes in the book Rumble Fish that show how Rusty James is scared of being or ending up alone? 


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Although Rusty-James, the main character in Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, Rumble Fish, acts tough and pretends that he can fend for himself, it is apparent that he worries about one day being completely alone. His mother has deserted him, at one point taking his brother, the Motorcycle Boy, with her; she supposedly lives in California, far from their Tulsa home. Rusty-James' father is a drunk who pays little attention to either of his sons. The Motorcycle Boy, too, has taken off, leaving Rusty-James on his own. Home is not a pleasant place, however, and he tries to surround himself with others at all times.

For a tough kid I had a bad habit of getting attached to people. (Chapter 2)

I couldn't take my eyes off the Motorcycle Boy. I thought he was gone for good. (Chapter 3)

"Aw, stick around a while." I was scared he would go. I can't stand being by myself. That is the only thing I'm honest-to-God scared of. (Chapter 3)

It makes me feel good to think of people I like--not so alone. (Chapter 3)

I tried to remember why I liked lots of people... "Maybe because I don't like bein' by myself... Makes me feel tight, like I'm bein' choked all over." (Chapter 7)

He (the Motocycle Boy) was living lin a glass bubble and watching the world from it. It was almost like being alone... and I tried to shake off the feeling. (Chapter 8)

"Apparently it is essential to some people to belong--anywhere"...  That was what scared me. (Chapter 8)

I was in a glass bubble and everyone else was outside it and I'd be alone like that for the rest of my life. (Chapter 11)




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