The Outsider: A Novel Quotes

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He’s with kids all the time, for Christ’s sake. Young boys. If he killed one of them, never mind losing our jobs, we’d never forgive ourselves.”
-- Samuels (The Arrest: July 14 — Chapter 3)

Importance: One of the rationalizations that Samuels uses to convince Ralph to arrest Terry quickly is that Terry might hurt another child. Samuels also suggests that they would feel guilty if another child were killed because Terry had not been arrested. Also, they would probably lose their jobs.

If Terry lifted him for a pinch hitter, the poor kid would have to live with the humiliation through the whole next year of middle school. If, on the other hand, he managed a single, he would recall it over beers and backyard barbecues for the rest of his life.”
-- Narrator (The Arrest: July 14 — Chapter 5)

Importance: This quote demonstrates Terry’s character. Even though Terry’s team might be able to win the game if he substituted another batter, he...

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