“Mary Anne Bell was an attractive girl. Too wide in the shoulders, maybe, but she had terrific legs, a bubbly personality, a happy smile. The men genuinely liked her” (O’Brien 90-91)
“There was a new confidence in her voice, a new authority in the way she carried herself. In many ways she remained naive and immature, still a kid, but Cleveland Heights now seemed very far away” (O’Brien 94)
“Rat smiled. ‘Ambush. All night long, man, Mary Anne's out on fuckin' ambush.’" (O’Brien 97)
Wearing human tongues around her neck, Mary Anne explains, “Sometimes I want to eat this place. Vietnam. I want to swallow the whole country—the dirt, the death—I just want to eat it and have it there inside me. That's how I feel. It's like . . . this appetite. I get scared sometimes—lots of times—but it's not bad. You know? I feel close to myself” (O’Brien 106)
“Vietnam made her glow in the dark. She wanted more, she wanted to penetrate deeper into the mystery of herself, and after a time the wanting became needing, which turned then to craving” (O’Brien 109)
“And then one morning, all alone, Mary Anne walked off into the mountains and did not come back” (O’Brien 110).