The Echo Maker Quotes

Richard Powers
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Would you look at that," the orderly said. "He's trying to hug you!
-- A hospital orderly (Two weeks in, Mark sat up and groaned paragraph 13)

Importance: Karin has been at Mark's bedside for two solid weeks and his communications, as expected are very limited. But one day, after Karin talks to Mark about some things from their childhood, Mark is overwhelmed and starts to make wild movements. Karin is frightened thinking that Mark is out of control when really he is trying to hug her, a gesture that she thought might never come again.

G-G-G-go goo god damn. Damn it to hell. God shit piss bitch. Suck a flaming cunt up your ass.
-- Mark (Some days his rage was so bad that even lying still infuriated him. paragraph 7)

Importance: Mark's frustrations at being unable to speak correctly exhibit in outbursts of profane language. This is shocking but also shows that Mark knows he is not doing what he could be which will motivate him to keep trying.

Nobody's ever who they were. We just have to watch and listen...
-- Daniel (She went to Daniel, after the hospital calamity paragraph 39)

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