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Room by Emma Donoghue

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on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Room by Emma Donoghue

"..when Old Nick creaks Bed, I listen and count fives on my fingers tonight it's 217 creaks. I always have to count till he makes that gaspy sound and stops. I don't know what would happen if I didn't count because I always do."
"I think about Old Nick carrying me into the truck, I'm dizzy like I'm going to fall down.

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Scared is what you're feeling,
"
says Ma,
"
but brave is what you're doing.
"

"
Huh?
"

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Scaredybrave.
"

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Scave.
"

Word sandwiches always make her laugh but I wasn't being funny."
&
Old Nick
ROOM
follows the story of five year-old Jack, and his life with Ma in their
11 x 11 foot room. This novel explores the struggle of isolation,
self discovery, love,
and trust.
The Plan
"Dead, Truck, Wriggle Out, Jump, Run, Somebody, Note, Police, Blowtorch"
The relationship between Old Nick and Ma was complicated. She knew she had to be compliant for the survival of her son.
"Beep, beep, that's Door"
"No forget it, you're the boss."
Ma doesn't say anything
"I'm just the grocery boy,
take out your trash,
trek around the kidswear aisles,
up the ladder to deice your skylight,
at your service ma'am."
"The truck's stopped again. I can't jump, I just can move...my head hits something sore, I shout by accident - Stopped again... Old Nick's face. He's out with the maddest face I ever saw and- JUMP. The ground breaks my feet and I'm running running running...Ma, Ma, I need you for talking. She's not in my head anymore, she's not anywhere."
“Goodbye, Room."

I wave up at Skylight.
"Say goodbye,"
I tell Ma.
"Goodbye, Room."
Ma says it but on mute.
I look back one more time.
It's like a crater,
a hole where something happened.
Then we go out the door.
"I brought you into this Room, I didn't mean to but I did it and I've never once been sorry... you're the one who matters, though. Just you."
" I don't know what's- Then I see Ma's pill bottles open on the table, they look mostly empty. Never more than two, that's the rule, how could they be mostly empty? Where did all the pills go?"
ROOM's connection with the World
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