"'Look, Dad,' my sister said, making her one concession for him, 'I'm handling this alone'" (Sebold 68).
Lindsey is isolating herself from her family and all others because she prefers to mourn the death of her sister in solitude. In this situation, Lindsey refuses to talk to her dad who reaches out to her.
"Closed the door and found himself standing in the front yard with a baseball bat and these words: find a quiet way" (Sebold 156).
Mr. Salmon is intent on uncovering more details to the murder of his daughter Susie and discovering her killer, to whom he presumes is their neighbor Mr. Harvey. In this scene, Jack sees a light coming from Mr. Harvey's house and is set on quietly murdering him when he has the chance.
Abigail Salmon has become detached from her family and so mournful that she looks for happiness and self reassurance through adultery and has lost control of herself and emotions. In this scene, we see Abigail being unfaithful to her husband and family, showing us that she can no longer keep up the facade.
"Bottled up for years behind that wall, that needy part of her had grown, not shrunk, and in Len, the greed to get out, to smash, destroy, rescind, overtook her" (Sebold 172).
Mr. Harvey is a sadistic murderer who seeks comfort in the rape and murder of women every few years. Although trying to stop himself from killing people by killing animals, he is still unable to resist the urge to take the life of something or someone, and this makes Mr. Harvey a confirmed psychopath with a troubled past.
"He had killed animals, taking lesser lives to keep from killing a child" (Sebold 149).
"Buckley followed the three of them
Buckley, Susie's younger brother is unaware of the events that are unfolding and is too young to understand them. After explained in a way easily comprehendible by him, Buckley understands that his sister Susie is gone for good.