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You keep expecting people not to be themselves. Varying degrees of sick, varying degrees of neurotic, varying degrees of self-actualized. The fundamental mistake I had always made — and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make — was this: Margo was not a miracle.

She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way. I know she is t he most important thing to you. But we graduate in, like, a week. It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. I blame her for this ridiculous, fatal chase — for putting us at risk, for making me into the kind of jackass who would stay up all night and drive too fast.

I would not be dying were it not for her. I would have stayed home, and I have always stayed home, and I would have been safe, and I would have done the one thing I have always wanted to do, which is grow up. You came here because you wanted to save poor little Margo from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body.

But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man. The only wounded man I can be is me.

But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. When did we see each other face-to-face?

Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside.

But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out. After we kiss, our foreheads touch as we stare at each other. Yes, I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness. Sign In Sign Up. All Themes Perception vs. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does.

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Page Number and Citation: Plus so much more Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes. Margo Roth Spiegelman speaker , Quentin Jacobsen. Part 1, Chapter 6 Quotes. Quentin Jacobsen speaker , Margo Roth Spiegelman. Part 1, Chapter 8 Quotes. Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes. You see how fake it all is. I mean look at it, Q: All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store.

Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. Or even Lacey, although I actually liked her. But it was the last string. It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left, and every paper girl needs at least one string, right? I turned around and splashed her.

She leaned her body into mine a little and I could feel her upper arm against my ribs. When a guy like that gets promoted to Executive Vice President of Urine Gunning, immediate action must be taken. I understand that you do not control Chuck and Jasper.

But you see, I am in a similar situation. I do not control the little devil sitting on my left shoulder. So do I little angel. They strain against the string and strain against it, and then something happens, and that string gets cut, and they just float away. It was a place you go to die. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible.

This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.

But I am not prepared. I made a feeble attempt. So grass is a metaphor for life, and for death, and for equality, and for connectedness, and for children, and for God, and for hope.

There was no shortage of ways to see her. Not like a sister loves a brother or like a friend loves a friend. I love you like a really drunk guy loves the best girl ever. Even though you suck so much! But thanks for the beer! That way no one can steal it from me! You like me anyway. And I like you. To try, even at this great remove, to hear the opera of her. I liked that they liked each other.

We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals. And I had never quite thought of her that way, not really; it was a failure of all my previous imaginings.

All along—not only since she left, but for a decade before—I had been imagining her without listening, without knowing that she made as poor a window as I did.

Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. Radar rolled his eyes. The human tongue is like wasabi: For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way.

I had engineered a most unlikely prom coupling. I had quieted the hounds of caste warfare. I had come to feel comfortable inside the rat-infested haunted house where she did her best thinking. But I could not yet become the wounded person. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey?

Pulling life out by the roots. And so when she left, she left for good. But I could not believe she had left for a perpetual journey. She had, I felt sure, left for a place—a place where she could stay long enough for it to matter, long enough for the next leaving to feel as good as the last one had.

I hand him his shirt and he wiggles into it while driving with his knees. I feel like this is an important idea, one of those ideas that your brain must wrap itself around slowly, the way pythons eat. We can hear others, and we can travel to them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system like so many leaves of grass—but the game makes me wonder whether we can really ever fully become another.

Two cows stand oblivious in the highway. They come into view all at once, a spotted cow in the left lane, and in our lane an immense creature, the entire width of our car, standing stock-still, her head turned back as she appraises us with blank eyes.

The cow is flawlessly white, a great white wall of cow that cannot be climbed or ducked or dodged. It can only be hit. He pats my uninjured cheek with a greasy hand.

by John Green

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