The Lovely Bones Character Traits

The Lovely Bones Character Traits
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  • Do you miss Susie? (Sebold 121)
  • Ruth sneaks into Lindsey's bunk at camp one night and the two talk about Susie. Lindsey shows honesty by admitting that she does in fact miss her sister, like a child misses their blanket.
  • Honest
  • More than anyone will ever know (Sebold 121)
  • Mr. Salmon goes into Mr. Harvey's yard, but to his surprise he's building a tent. Mr. Harvey pretends to be sorry for Susie's death, but he was the one who murdered her. The conversation then becomes awkward.
  • Feign
  • Mr. Salmon, I'm sorry for your loss. (Sebold 55)
  • Thank you. (Sebold 55)
  • When Grandma Lynn comes around, she brings a new positive energy into the mourning Salmon household, which the family finally grasps on to. It all starts when she insists on doing Abigail's make up.
  • Susie was a good girl honey. Just like you
  • Now lift up your chin and let me have a look at those bags under your eyes. (Sebold 101)
  • Supportive
  • Since Buckley is so young, he doesn't fully understand why Susie is gone and not coming back. Over a game of Monopoly, his father tries to explain that Susie is dead. Buckley doesn't fully grasp the concept because of his age.
  • Innocent
  • You won't see Susie anymore, honey. None of us will. (Sebold 70)
  • After setting up the bridal tent in Mr. Harvey's yard,
  • Conjectural
  • To cope with Susie's death, Lindsey becomes distant like a foreign country. Although she secretly wants her dad to comfort her, she claims she's handling things by herself.
  • Distant
  • I want to be alone. Isn't it obvious? (Sebold 60)
  • Look Dad, I'm handling this alone (Sebold 61)
  • I'm here if you need me. (Sebold 61)
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