"'You won't see Susie anymore, honey. None of us will.' My father cried. Buckley looked up into the eyes of our father and did not fully understand" (Sebold 78).
In this quote, Buckley explains to his friend, Ben, that he can still see Susie while they sit under a framed grave rubbing.
This shows Buckley is naive, he still has his youthful, childlike imagination.
"'Do you see her?'" (Sebold 103).
Mr. Salmon sat in his office surrounded by the bottled ships he and Susie created together. There was one that him and Susie had failed to complete successfully before she had died. "He smashed that one first" (Sebold 52).
This shows how Mr. Salmon deals with Susie's death and his emotions through violence. This quote also shows the author's use of minimalism.
In this quote, Mr. Salmon tries to find out how Lindsey is doing. She replies harshly.
"'I want to be alone.'"(Sebold 68).
This shows how Lindsey isolated herself while mourning the loss of her sister.
"Lindsey lay down on the earth with Samuel Heckler and he held her"(Sebold 142).
This shows how Lindsey finds a way to deal with her loss, Samuel Heckler is here support. This quote also displays the use of alliteration
In this quote, Mr. Salmon went into Susie's room with intentions to break her things, but ended up crying in her sheets. Buckley came in to see what was wrong. "[Mr. Salmon] would find his Susie now inside his young son" (Sebold 54).
Mr. Salmon finds comfort in Buckley, one of his still living children, while dealing with Susie's death.