" I want that one," I said. Dad grinned. "That's Venus," he said. "I like it anyway," I said. I had admired Venus even before that christmas. "What the hell," dad said. "It's christmas. you can have a planet if you want. (39-40) -.
"You'd be destroying what makes it special," she said. " It's the Joshua tress struggle that give it its beauty."(38)
" I thought you were going to leave me behind" (31)
" You think you as good as me?" "This girl ain't got no buttons on her coat!" (139)
Thunk thunk thunk. "She asked that you kids don't laugh while you're in her house," mom said. (132)