The Graveyard Book
Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Jack leaned over, raised his right hand, the one holding the knife, and he aimed for the chest… … and then he lowered his hand. The shape in the crib was a teddy bear. There was no child. (1.10)
Trying to stab a baby in the chest? Now that sounds like pure evil to us.
In a voice like the chiming of a hundred tiny silver bells she said only, “The dead should have charity.” And she smiled. (1.161)
The Lady on the Grey, a mysterious and powerful figure deeply involved in death, is the opposite of Jack. She doesn’t want to kill babies – nope, she wants to protect them and keep them safe. She might well know that Bod is no ordinary baby, but a baby meant to take a big bite out of evil. We still think she would be nice to any baby she came in contact with, though, no matter what their his destiny was.
“You are ignorant, boy,” said Miss Lupescu. “This is bad. And you are content to be ignorant, which is worse.” (3.60)
With statements like this – and lots of “crazy” food – Miss Lupescu seems evil to Bod at first (though readers can see she’s probably not). When she saves his life, he learns that she’s one of the best people (she calls herself a person) he could hope to have as a teacher.