What quotation demonstrates David’s feelings about deviation in The Chrysalids?I am writing and essay on the different reactions to blasphemies and deviations in the Chrysalids and need quotes...

What quotation demonstrates David’s feelings about deviation in The Chrysalids?

I am writing and essay on the different reactions to blasphemies and deviations in the Chrysalids and need quotes from David Strorm to support that theme. I only need two more.

My first one was "It seemed a very small toe to cause such a degree of anxiety." (p.13) - what David is thinking after Sophie's mother makes him promise not to tell anyone about her foot. 

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An example of David’s thoughts on deviation is when he prays to be normal.

David worries about Sophie’s deviation, but he has a problem of his own.  David has a secret deviation, because he is a telepath.

David’s Uncle Axel warns him not to tell anyone, or let anyone see him taking to no one.  Someone might realize he is different, and then he would be in deep trouble.  His certificate would be revoked, and he would be expelled.

David prays:

'Oh, God,' I said, ' please, please, God, let me be like other people. I don't want to be different. Won't you make it so that when I wake up in the morning I'll be just like everyone else, please, God, please!' (ch 8)

David is not normal, but he has a deviation he can hide.  No one can see that he is telepathic, so he is safe as long as he tells no one and does not act strangely.

Please note that page numbers vary page editon.  I have given a chapter number, and this quote can be found at the beginning of the chapter.

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