The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Quotes

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Until we find a house of our own.
-- Hattie (Philadelphia and Jubilee paragraph 1)

Importance: This is what Hattie says to August when they are first married and moved into the rented house on Wayne Street. This expresses a desire that is a driving force of the book, so it is noteworthy that Hattie says this to August in the beginning fo the book and their marriage.

Mama," said Hattie. "I'll never go back. Never.
-- Hattie (Philadelphia and Jubilee paragraph 27)

Importance: This quote is important because it shows Hattie's commitment to freedom. It foreshadows that life in Philadelphia will not be easy and that it will not be easy to live here. There will surely be times of nostalgia and times of temptation. However, if Hattie does go back, it will be a significant event. Later on, when times are hard and Hattie does not return to the South as her sisters did her integrity is demonstrated.

They were companions, mother and children...
-- Narrator (Floyd paragraph 15)

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