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Copy of Kit's Law

Morrissey, Donna. Kit's Law. Toronto: Penguin Group Canada, 1999.

I Wonder..

"Christ Drucie, you'd sleep through your own funeral if you had a chance to sit through it," said Nan. (pg 4)

"..he slouched against a limb-bared popular tree outside of the cemetery, was Shine, the moonshine runner.." (pg 4)

"'Tis not every man who'd put up with Josie and her ways," Nan (pg 12)

I wonder who Kit's father is?

"Can't I just go home from the fire?" Kit (pg 22)

" Shine held the struggling youngster even closer to the fire." (pg 24)

Why doesn't Kit call Josie "mother"?

Who are they referring to when they say "gully tramps girl"? (pg 31)

Why didn't Kit stick up for herself when Mr. Haynes approached her about Margaret? (pg 33)

Why is Kit protecting Margaret by lying to Nan? (pg 35)

"Your grandfather and me use to climb down to the beach and build a fire for our cup of tea, years ago when he was alive, God bless him," Nan (pg 44)

Who is Mary Magdalene? (pg 51)

What will happen to Kit and Josie now that Nan is gone? (pg 53)

"And it was a dirty deed the reverend done her, when halfway through the service he went into his sermon on sin with such a vengeance that I could feel Nan's toenails uncurling," (pg 60)

"...most of the congregation hung theirs heads in shame for the way he was taking the final say in the bad blood between him and Nan,"(pg 61)

"For sure they're all frightened to death that you're goin' to start lookin' likeone of theirs someday,"Nan (pg 73)

I wonder tif the reverend will try to get at Kit now that the Doctor has left town for a while?

"However, we will do our Christian duty" Mrs. Ropson (pg 104)

"For sure it would seem that she's been left to you. But perhaps she wasn't. Perhaps shes been left to all of us. Think, Kit, is it sacrifice that keeps you here, or fear?"Doctor Hodgins (pg 166)

"I grabbed hold of the shovel and plunged it deep into the thick, dark soil and start pitching it over the glass and feathers, cursing like a sailor as I went," Kit (pg 169)

Will the authorities find Shine's body after they dispose of it?

"We can't let our hearts stand in the way of justice-no matter who or what the situation calls for." Sid (pg 223)

Will Sid go to jail?

Why won't Sid write to Kit from jail?

Where is Sid taking Josie and Kit? (pg 259)

I wonder if Sid is lying to Kit about having another girl? (pg 314)

Will they find Old Joe? (pg 334)

What is in Josie's secret box? (pg 375)


"...we have broken this law! And we pay! Perhaps not today. Or tomorrow. But, hell burns forever, my brethren! And no sinner escapes!" Reverend pg 2

"'Cuz for sure there won't be many lilies sproutin' roots outta the likes of Rube Gale's liquor-rotted corpse," Nan pg 7

"..till finally I was racing down onto the beach, with the wind washing my hair.." pg 16

Connected Idea to Reminder

"I wants me own candies, " Margaret yelled pg 21

"Nan leaned forward and popped another candy in her mouth, getting herself a good view of Mrs. Ropson's cards." Pg 26

"The bell rung for recess saving us from more writing, and flexing my fingers to get the cramp out of my hand..." pg 32

I can't believe Kit would let Margaret get away with something like that! Especially when it puts Kit in a bad spot with her teacher. I wish she had've stuck up for herself. (event on pg 33)

"As long as I walks the face of this earth, no one got the guts to come after you,again," Nan pg 44

"She might be a tramp, but she's better than them that made her so.." Nan pg 52

"I nodded, as I did to everything asked of me the past days, my heart too laden to do much of anything else," pg 56

"Your very own star. And if it don't bring you what you wishes for, you come to Old Joe, and he'll get it for you," Old Joe pg 58

"..I was back to thinking on Nan buffing turrs again, and being careful not to break the skin and sap the oil," pg 68

" when you have a dream sometimes and you wake up and you can't remember it, but the feeling is so strong that it's almost if the feeling is the dream itself," pg 70

"Everybody's afraid of something. Most times, whatever they're afraid of never happens," Sid pg 95

I knew someone was going to get hurt by the axe! Saw that coming from a mile away. (event on pg 116)

"It's his twisted sense of Christian duty that made him treat her-and Josie-the way he did. Hell, there's times I wish the devil'd take them both and spare Christ the bother." Sid pg 123

"See the world through different colours. Its when everyone starts thinking that theirs is the only colour that things start getting hairy." Sid pg 129

"'s fittin' in with the rest of the girls that's part of growing up, and if you're not fittin' in, then perhaps there should be another meeting," May Eveleigh pg 137

"Funny how you can see something most every day of your life and never pause to think on it," pg 153

"It ain't only in church that we finds God," Kit pg 161

"..he reached inside his pants, and pulled out his dick, as big and ugly a thing as ever I'd seen, with purple veins snaking aorund its sides, and the smell of rotting dogberries dripping from it's head." pg 186

"That's God's law, do you hear me, Josie? What don't belong, don't get out!" Sid pg 197

I can't believe those women would just refuse their doctor appointment for their sick children just so that they could be informed of the latest gossip. (event on pg 202)

Amazing how many people got away with crimes back then without all of the technology we have. I'm sure many people dodged a lot of prison bullets because of their intelligence or because of the lack of technology the authorities had. (event on pg 202)

"By God, speak or hell's damnation on your soul!" Reverend pg 224

"She's your sister!" Mrs. Ropson pg 285

It was really sad that Sid and Kit couldn't be together anymore, they were perfect for each other.

I thought the book was rather enjoyable, however the first half is very slow. I would suggest a better hook at the beginning of the novel to capture the reader's interest immediately, instead of making them read til the halfway point.


When I read that passage it reminds me of the Southern American accent which then makes me think of one of my favourite shows called True Blood.

Guy Fawkes night reminds me of the movie V for Vendetta, as it is the story of what that day is actually about.

That passage reminds me of Long Point Beach

This quote reminded me of Forest Gump because he had a mental handicap, yet it never stopped him from successfully raising a child.

When Nan mentioned the gloves it reminded me of the first class women from the Titanic. They always wore the best clothes and drank the best water and ate the best food, all while wearing their fancy white gloves.

Kit named her cat Pirate int he book, which automatically made me think of Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Anytime I hear the word savage I think of Pocahontas, and the song that the white men sung about the Indians which was called Savages.

This passage reminds me of one of the Harry Potter books because of one of the characters, Professor Snape. I remember Harry talking about his nose always being red and turning to purple from his rage.

When Kit talks about the orphanage and how badly the kids are treated, it reminded me of my mother when she used to threaten to take my brother to Mrs. Crab's house, a fictional character that she made up to keep him from doing bad behaviour. (event on pg 34)

Pirate always follows Kit and it reminded me of how stray animals seem to always follow me too. I'm not sure why, but I kind of enjoy the random furry company. (event on pg 42)

I'll never forget when my mother said that to me, I felt so loved and cherished as a child.

This reminded me of the second season finale of my other favourite show Supernatural, because it was titled All Hell Breaks Loose.

This reminded me of a lyric in the Flyleaf song called Cassie, because it is exactly that quote (minus the reference to the character).

Flyleaf Lyrics-Cassie.AZ Lyrics, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.

Her grandmother's quilt reminds me of the book Number the Stars because of the main character's mother made beautiful quilts out of pieces of fabric.

One time I rescued a baby bird when it had a broken wing. The next day it was gone, so I hope it flew away rather than getting eaten by something.

Like Kit, my friend Candace collects pieces of coloured glass she finds on all of the beaches she travels to. (event on pg 75)

I do that when my dog sleeps with me, it is the warmest spot to put my cold feet when I sleep.

This made me think of the events from Alice in Wonderland. To most people the things in that movie do not makes sense, but to Alice she is learning things about herself that she never knew before.

When I was young we lived in an old farmhouse that had miles of forest at the back. I remember always going there and picking the pussy willows because they were so soft.

I get paranoid of things like that all the time. I always think that something is wrong with me, whether my zipper to my pants is undone or I have a boger in my nose, something always feels off.

This made me think of the book The Chrysalids, because it is about the genocide of mutant people (in the future). The main character meets a girl with 6 toes, and makes sure that she doesn't get caught.

This reminded me of the Billy Talent song Devil in a Midnight Mass because of the lyric, "The holy water in his hands, could never wash away his sins." It reminded me of the reverend.

Billy Talent-Devil in a Midnight Mass.AZ Lyrics, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.

This reminded me of the Red Queen's famous quote "Off with your head!"

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: Sea Star Books, 2002.

This reminded me of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars when he finds out the Princess Leiya is his sister.

Puzzle Piece

This explains why Nan is so harsh towards the drinkers.

Josie is Kit's mother and according to Nan she has a mental handicap.

"..when your own kind turns on you, that's what turned my stomach that day," Nan pg 45

This quote helps me understand the reverend better.

"That's why I left when he ordered me to-so's he wouldn't say anything else to hurt you," Sid pg 155

"Play. The word sounded as foreign as Latin." pg 158

"It's because I was afraid of kissin' you, that I said what I did," Kit pg 173

"But they aren't so clearly written. And it's those the reverend don't spend much time on, like those of the mind." Sid pg 199

"I'm sorry,Kit, I'm so sorry, it was the only thing left..." Sid pg 225

"A man with learning can't lay claim to the youthful truths that he had talked about that evening sitting by the sea. So it was mine that he clung to, and Sid's. And that's why he kept coming to the gully like he did," pg 243

"..told me what I've suspected all along, that none of my letters have been getting to you. I expect the reverend has seen to that," Sid pg 252

The reverend turns out to be Kit's father, and Sid turns out to be Kit's brother. pg 285

"Each time I attempt to get rid of you, God brings you back to me," Reverend pg 287

"I can't think of her as my mother. I only remember of Nan, and this big, gallopin' person who Nan had to protect me from, else she'd have trampled me to death." Kit pg 316

"..when she starts menstruating, that's when she becomes a woman. I guessed somewhere I had crossed a line without knowing it. Till Sid came along." pg 321

Character Development





Doctor Hodgins


"..her short, fat arms flapping off from her sides like a pair of seal's flippers," pg 10

"Simply close your eyes to the burst of red the sun made burning onto your eyelids," pg 17

"I couldn't see her face from here, only the bottoms of her feet sticking out from beneath the blanket-greyish white, the creases caked white with dried dead skin, and her toenails, thick and yellowed, curling back over the pads of her toes," pg 52

"..I always remember the way she looked walking off across the meadow that day with the grass up to her waist, and the sun, a bloody red, going down behind the hill," pg 72

"..when she seen the reverend swooping down before her, his black-clad arms flapping like a crow's wings." pg 150

"Pirate was skivvered to the floor with a pig knife, his blood in a thick pool around him and his eyes and mouth shocked open," pg 184

"With beads of sweat popping out on his already sweating forehead," pg 205

"..looking pleased as a fox with feathers still floating around him." pg 220

"..anxious to shut out the picture of Mrs. Ropson handling my squirming, naked body at birth," pg 244

"Behind her came a youngster, and another...until they were all shooting out the door and coming towards us like a load of of buckshot," pg 266