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Monday, May 26, 2014

Quote-Tastic #48 Different and happy

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One of my all-time favorite books is "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. I read it as a child and related so strongly to both Meg and her little brother Charles. Later, I was able to appreciate the scientific and philosophical concepts. Today's quote is one that most of us can relate to. Meg is trying to save her brother and their father but first has to defeat IT. IT wants all people to be identical and conformist, sort of baby Stepford wives.
Charles continued his lecture. "On Camazotz we are all happy because we are all alike. Differences create problems. You know that, don't you, dear sister?"
"No," Meg said.
"Oh, yes you do. You've seen at home how true it is. You know that's the reason you're not happy at school. Because you're different."
"I'm different, and I'm happy," Calvin said.
"But you pretend that you aren't different."
"I'm different, and I like being different." Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
"Maybe I don't like being different," Meg said, "but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."

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  1. I read this series back in primary school. About the only thing I remember about it was that I loved it at the time and it totally turned me on to Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels. I really need to reread this.

  2. Hrm. I must have read this at some point but can't for the life of me remember.

  3. One of my very favorite books! Are you re-reading for the Midnight Garden readalong/discussion on Friday?


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