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What are some key quotations and themes in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski?

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Two themes in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski are human-animal relationships and animal companionship. In the beginning of the book, the author writes about John’s Sawtelle’s relationship with Violet and her puppies. Wroblewski writes:

He could have given all the pups away to strangers, and he suspected he was going to have to, but the thing was, he liked having those pups around. (13)

According to the author, Mr. Sawtelle loved the puppies in an obsessive manner. He spent a lot of time with dogs and taught them new tricks. Mr. Sawtelle knew that he had to give the puppies away, but he was hesitant that they would be neglected by their new owners. Wrobleweski notes:

The best thing would be if he could place them all in the neighborhood so he could keep tabs on them, watch them grow up, even if from a distance. (14)

Mr. Sawtelle developed a strong bond with Violet and her puppies, and it was difficult for him to give away the latter. Therefore, he always wanted to keep an eye...

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