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: Do you like me? Alexandra Giddens
: Not today. David Hewitt
: Why, I'll come back tomorrow.
: You know, that's the first time I ever heard your mother tell you to do something, and you didn't hop to do it. Alexandra Giddens
: That's a funny thing to say David Hewitt
: You know, you take one step. And then you take another. After a while you'll find out you're walking all by yourself.
: [Referring to David, appearing in his nightclothes
] Ooh... Just getting up at 11 o'clock in the morning. Mrs. Lucy Hewitt
: Mornin', Zan. He's not just getting up, he's just going to bed. He's been writing all night. Alexandra Giddens
: Writin' things to put in the newspaper? Mrs. Lucy Hewitt
: No... He said he's writing things they WON'T put in the newspaper.
: [final lines
] Would you like to talk to me, Alexandra? Would you... like to sleep in my room tonight? Alexandra Giddens
: Why, Mama? Are you afraid?
: Alexandra, I've come to the end of my rope. Somewhere there's got to be what I want, too. Life goes too fast. You can go where you want, do what you want, think what you want. I'd like to keep you with me but I won't make you stay. No, I won't make you stay. Alexandra Giddens
] You couldn't, Mama. Because I don't want to stay with you. Because I'm beginning to understand about things. Addie said there were people who ate the earth and those that stood around and watched them do it. And just then Uncle Ben said the same thing. Really the same thing. Tell him from me, Mama, I'm not going to watch you do it.