"'Sirs, if you mean to take only one of us, it should be Frankie. He's one of the youngest here. Mrs. Pennyweather plans to put me out to hire soon...if I'm out working for months at a time, I won't be able to look out for Frankie'" (Pg 253).
"Frankie blurted, 'Are you going to be our new mother? You are much prettier than we 'spected and you smell lots better than Mrs. Pennyweather.' Mrs. Sturbridge's eyes filled with tears as she looked them over...She turned and hurried up the stairs. at the top, she leaned over the raliing and yelled, 'Get them to Mrs. Potter, immediately!'" (Pg 264).
"...She is a pianist of great talent...must adopt...only doing what's required...you're out of time...she's not been her usual self...all she's been through...ifs and maybes...What if it was all a dream?" (Pg 270)
"Mike succumbed to the melancholy notes, the insinuations of a march, the delicate filigree, and the final runs, slower and slower....until the final haunting note...Mrs. Sturbridge stood in the doorway, her hand on her heart, looking as if she'd seen a ghost" (Pg 274)
"'These boys are her wards,' said Mr.Howard. 'They are clean and polite. They're poorly dressed, yes...There's something very wrong about how they were treated, sir, when they were doing exactly what I told them. Do you think I need to mention this to Mr. Highlander?" (Pg 281)
"Mike opened the box, picked up the harmonica, and turned it over. He noticed a small red hand-painted M on one edge. He lifted the harmonica to his lips, ran the scale, and the last six notes of 'America the Beautiful.' During the pause after final note and before his next breath, all the instruments in the shop struck a long, echoing chord...It was stuffy in the shop and he felt light-headed" (Pg 289)