Lily and the Octopus Quotes

Steven Rowley
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It’s when Lily suggests offhandedly we also include Chris Pratt that I notice the octopus. It’s not very often you see an octopus up close, let alone in your living room, let alone perched on your dog’s head like a birthday party hat, so I’m immediately taken aback.
-- Ted Flask ("The Octopus")

Importance: When discussing the attractiveness of actors with Lily on Thursday night, Ted notices there is an octopus clinging to Lily’s head like a hat. Ted has no idea how he could not have noticed the octopus before. He realizes the octopus is a burden to Lily, who explains it only hurts sometimes. The octopus symbolizes burdens in life. Lily’s current burden is old age.

The very best thing about dogs is how they just know when you need them most, and they’ll drop everything that they’re doing and sit with you awhile.
-- Ted Flask ("The Octopus")

Importance: Ted speaks...

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