"I couldn't tell her that Soda had bawled all night long after they came and got Mickey Mouse. I had cried, too, if you want to know the truth, because Soda never really wanted anything except a horse, and he'd lost his."
"But Soda never touches a drop-he doesn't need to. He gets drunk on just plain living."
"He doesn't understand anything that is not plain hard fact. But he uses his head".
"We had all the money to get in- it only cost a quarter if you're not in car-but Dally hated to do things the legal way."
"If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny."
"I mean... if I see you in the hall at school or someplace and don't say hi, well, it's not personal or anything, but..."