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The Whole Universev
Hushpuppy: "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted."
As Hushpuppy explains, everything in this world is connected. One small shift in the natural order of things might seem minor but that one change might have a ripple effect that can spread far and wide.
- 2+ 15- 1
Miss Bathsheba: "This here is an auroch, a fierce creature. Y'all better learn how to survive."
Prior to the storm hitting, Hushpuppy's teacher, Miss Bathsheba, teaches the class about the ancient creature of the auroch. Once a ruthless prehistoric predator, the aurochs were trapped in frozen ice caps decades ago however the melting of those caps could lead to the release of the aurochs.
- 3+ 17- 4
Little Piece of a Big, Big Universev
Hushpuppy: "When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces. I see that I'm a little piece of a big, big universe."
Hushpuppy sees the world much differently from most children her age. She doesn't focus on the here and now, she sees the bigger picture and where in that world she fits.
- 4+ 10- 3
Hushpuppy: "In a million years when kids go to school, they're gonna know, there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub."
Hushpuppy has big plans for her life and nothing, not even a storm, will stop in her way. Someday, she says, people will know her name.
- 5+ 7- 1
We Stay Right Herev
Hushpuppy: "One day, the storm's gonna blow, the ground's gonna sink and the water's gonna rise up so high ain't gonna be no Bathtub, just a whole bunch of water… But me and my daddy, we stay right here. We is who the earth is for."
Showing she is wise beyond her years, Hushpuppy does not stress over the storm that will soon destroy her town, instead she appreciates what she has, the beauty of the earth.
- 6+ 5- 3
Hushpuppy: "All the time, everywhere, everything's hearts are beating and squirting and talking to each other in ways I can't understand. Most of the time they probably be saying, 'I'm hungry or I gotta poop' or sometimes they be talking in codes."
Hushpuppy takes in everything around her, the animal life, the plants, the people. She analyses what she sees, she reflects upon it and thinks about it in ways most other people do not.
- 7+ 1- 0
Jean Battiste: "Come here, Hushpuppy. Come sit by your uncle Jean here. Let me show you how to do this. Here, baby, don't be scared of it. Keep turning it upside down, there you go. Now push it with your thumb. Good girl. That's it. Now be real careful. Take your knife and pop this off. That's beautiful."
Wink: "No, that's not how you all eat it. Beast it! Beast it! Show me you can do it. Come on! Come on! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it! Beast it!"
With little resources, the people of Bathtub are forced to go back to their roots to eat and survive. In this instance, that means breaking open a crab with their hands and eating it, like a beast.
- 8+ 1- 0
We Ain't Going Nowherev
Hushpuppy: "They think we all gonna drown down here but we ain't going nowhere. The Bathtub had more holidays than the rest of the world."
Stronger than men much older than her, Hushpuppy perseveres through the storm and is confident that her small village will do the same. Despite what the rest of the world might be saying, they are not going anywhere.
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