Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Important Quotes

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Important Quotes

1. “I think they worried that my grandfather would infect me with some incurable dreaminess from which I’d never recover—that these fantasies were somehow inoculating me against more practical ambitions.”(Prologue, p. 8)

The quote conveys the fears that hold Jacob back from trusting and understanding his grandfather early on in the story. These same fears of fantasy pervade many of the early chapters and hold Jacob back from accepting his grandfather’s stories and growing as a character.

2. “And I really did believe him—for a few years, at least—though mostly because I wanted to, like other kids my age wanted to believe in Santa Claus….We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.”(Prologue, p. 11)

Jacob embraces the fantasy of his grandfather’s stories until Abraham’s death forces him to begin confronting the truth. Franklin similarly talks about his desire to understand Abraham, which becomes muddled when the perceived price of learning the truth (that Abraham had another family) pushes him away from pursuing the story.

3. “Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After.” (Prologue, p. 13)

Before and After fully describe Jacob’s transformation in the story. Before his grandfather’s death, he is full of conflict and distrust. He feels ordinary. After his grandfather’s death, though still full of conflict and distrust, he becomes more open to what might have been true in his grandfather’s stories. Ultimately, Jacob realizes that he is extraordinary.

4. “Go to the island, Yakob. Here it’s not safe….Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940. Emerson—the letter. Tell them what happened, Yakob.” (Chapter 1, pp. 24-25)

The key words to the entire story, Abraham’s last words provide the motivation for Jacob to learn more about his story and push him to find out what his last words mean in the context of his life. It is important to note that he shares the words only with Dr. Golan, who ultimately uses them to follow Jacob to the loop in order to…

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