Skin (Roald Dahl) Quotes

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That year ' 1946 - winter was a long time going. Although it was April, a freezing wind blew through the streets of the city,
-- Narrator

Importance: This quote establishes a dreary atmosphere. Winter and snow represent hopelessness. Therefore, beginning the story with this atmosphere foreshadows the notion that Drioli is in a dire situation.

The door of a cafe opened and the faint whiff of roasting chicken brought a pain of yearning to the top of his stomach.
-- Narrator

Importance: This quote highlights the fact that Drioli has a personality of excess. This is because a "faint whiff" causes such a strong feeling as "yearning" in Drioli. Alternatively, this quote signifies that Drioli is starving. Even the slightest smell of chicken causes Drioli to feel an intense desire to eat, so Drioli has been devoid of proper sustenance for a long time.

I like it.' 'It's terrible.
-- Drioli and Soutine

Importance: The juxtaposition of Drioli and...

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