The Danish Girl Quotes

David Ebershoff
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Greta must have noticed his discomfort, because she reached out and held Einar’s cheeks and said, “It means nothing.” And then, “When will you stop worrying about what other people think?””
-- Greta (chapter 1 paragraph 28)

Importance: One of the main themes of the book is directly stated, with Greta telling Einar not to worry about what other people think.

Does that mean you don’t want to try on her dress?” When she said the word “dress” his stomach filled with heat, followed by a clot of shame rising in his chest. “No, I don’t think so,” Einar said.”
-- Einar (chapter 1 paragraph 45)

Importance: This early passage lets the reader know that Einar is clearly conflicted when it comes to wearing women’s clothing, which is explored throughout the rest of the book.

One night at the theatre, she gently asked, “Would you like to go as Lili?” She asked because she guessed it was what Einar wanted...
-- Greta (chapter 2 paragraph 48)

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