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The Good People Quotes

Hannah Kent
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How hidden the heart, Nance thought. How frightened we are of being known, and yet how desperately we long for it.”
-- Nance (chapter 5)

Importance: This quote highlights how adamantly people try to hide their true selves from one another, and the conflicting feelings we have about wanting to connect with other people. Much of the novel involves the rumors and personal, unfounded beliefs that the characters share about others. In this case, everyone must be aware of their image because they could become suspicious if they reveal the slightest unusual quality. Nance reveals her wisdom when she acknowledges this. She is perceptive about human emotions and behaviors and can detect this conflict within the members of the valley who need her help, but are uncomfortable with letting their vulnerabilities be seen.

You’ve no man now, Nóra. If you don’t have your reputation, what will protect you?’”
-- Peg (chapter 14)

Importance: Peg points out the...

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