I tend to prefer picking quotes that help illustrate a character or a theme. The following quotes all help show readers that Rusty is a character that appears to be quite tough; however, he does have fears. One such fear for Rusty is the fear of being alone. Readers are...
I tend to prefer picking quotes that help illustrate a character or a theme. The following quotes all help show readers that Rusty is a character that appears to be quite tough; however, he does have fears. One such fear for Rusty is the fear of being alone. Readers are clued into this fear very early on in the book as chapter one gives us two solid quotes that address this particular fear.
Like I said. My memory's screwed up some. If somebody says something to remind, I can remember things. But if I'm left alone I don't seem to be able to.
This is a scary quote because it shows that Rusty is suffering from some kind of memory disorder. Being a Hinton book, readers could suspect that Rusty's memory problems are the result of some violent head trauma. The memory issue is a sign and symptom of multiple concussions. Rusty is aware of being forgetful. That happens to everybody, but Rusty's situation is more severe, and he knows that it is triggered more often when he is alone.
A bit later in the chapter, Rusty tells about the time he was put in solitary confinement. Readers can figure out that the experience was bad, and Motorcycle Boy explains later in the book that Rusty is likely afraid of being alone because of something that happened much earlier in his life.
Anyway, he left you alone in the house for those three days. We didn't live where we do now. It was a very large house. She abandoned me eventually, and they took me back to the old man. He'd sobered up enough to go home. I suppose you developed your fear of being alone then.
A third quote about Rusty's fear of being alone occurs after Rusty regains consciousness. He wakes up and realizes that nobody is around, and he panics.
I wasn't out too long, just long enough to scare Steve into looking for some help, so when I came to I was laying there on the roof by myself. I fixed that as soon as possible, almost running to the roof door.