The Book of Dust Quotes

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Words belong in contexts, not pegged out like biological specimens.”
-- Hannah's daemon (Chapter 5: "The Scholar")

Importance: As Hannah works on a newspaper crossword puzzle and struggles to complete it, her daemon voices her frustration. This line reinforces the connection between a human and their animal daemon - they are the same person and feel the same things. This is a subtle way in which the author reinforces the mythology of the novel, even as the character does something as mundane as solving a crossword puzzle.

He was liked when noticed, but not noticed much, and that did him no harm either.”
-- Malcolm (Chapter 1: "The Terrace Room")

Importance: This quote is significant because it gives the reader insight into who Malcolm is at the start of the novel. Malcolm is not extraordinary, he is not even especially noticed. He is an ordinary 11 year old boy working at his parents' inn who has a talent for listening in on conversations without being "noticed much...

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