The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

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  • I'm sorry about your face
  • Junior
  • I'm sorry they suspended you. It wasn't my idea.
  • Mr P.
  • You killed Indians?!
  • I don't mean to be rude or anything, but why are you here, exactly?
  • To apologize. I used to kill Indians to save the child. That's how we were taught to teach you.
  • It's just a saying. We didn't kill the person, but the culture.
  • You need to leave the reservation forever People here are being taught to give up. You'll get killed if you stay here. You can't fight us forever
  • Where is hope? Who has hope?
  • I don't want to fight anyone
  • You've been fighting since you were born. You kept your hope. And now, you have to take your hope and go somewhere where other people have hope.”
  • You’re going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad reservation.
  • A week after Junior threw a book at Mr P.'s face, he appeared at Junior's front porch.
  • Who has the most hope?
  • I want to move to Reardan. Tomorrow
  • White people
  • Junior's parents
  • Junior gets scared of how Mr P. is being so nice to him. Mr P. confesses to Junior of the horrible method of teaching he used when he was younger.
  • I'm moving to Reardan. Do you want to come with me?
  • It's not supposed to be. I'm really moving.
  • That's not funny.
  • Mr P. tells Junior that he has to leave the reservation because the people there are being taught to give up. Junior has been fighting illnesses since he was born and if he stays at the reservation any longer, he will lose. He needs to move to a place where people have hope
  • You think you're better than everyone else don't you? Don't touch me!
  • Junior asks his parents who has the most hope, to which they hesitantly replied, "white people". He tells them that he wants to transfer schools to Reardan, a town filled with rich white people. His parents are shocked, asking him if he wants to wait until term break to transfer, to get a fresh start. He says he wants to move the next day. His parents agree, wanting a better environment for Junior and his sister.
  • Okay
  • Junior tells Rowdy that he is moving to Reardan the next day and asks if he wants to come along. Rowdy reacts negatively, thinking it is a joke. He detests Reardan, where the white people are. He calls Junior a wuss when Junior keeps on telling him that he is moving.
  • I am moving tomorrow.
  • You'll never do it. You're to scared. A wuss.
  • Rowdy
  • Junior touches Rowdy's shoulder,trying to convince him to go to Reardan as well, but Rowdy thinks that Junior sees himself as better than everyone else, to which Junior denies. This makes Rowdy even more angry and he punches Junior before running away, leaving Junior bleeding on the ground. When Junior finally stood up, he knew Rowdy had become his worst enemy.
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