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'James and the Giant Peach' Quotes

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James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, is about a young, abused boy who escapes from his aunts in a magic peach (which sprouts from magic beans). He experiences adventures with a Grasshopper, a Ladybug, a Spider, and a Centipede. Here are some quotes from the book.

Quotes

  • "Inside, James could see a mass of tiny green things that looked like little stones or crystals, each one about the size of a grain of rice. They were extraordinarily beautiful, and there was a strange brightness about them, a sort of luminous quality that made them glow and sparkle in a most wonderful way."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "Because if they do escape, then they will be working their magic upon somebody else instead of upon you! And that isn't what you want at all, is it, my dear? Whoever they first meet, be it bug, insect, animal, or tree, that will be the one who gets the full power of their magic!"
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "'Something is about to happen,' he told himself. 'Something peculiar is about to happen at any moment.' He hadn't the faintest idea what it might be, but he could feel it in his bones that something was going to happen soon. He could feel it in the air around him ... in the sudden stillness that had fallen upon the garden."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "James decided that he rather like the Centipede. He was obviously a rascal, but what a change it was to hear somebody laughing once in a while. He had never heard Aunt Sponge or Aunt Spiker laughing aloud in all the time he had been with them."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "A strong current and a high wind had carried the peach so quickly away from the shore that already the land was out of sight. All around them lay the vast black ocean, deep and hungry."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "But the peach ... ah, yes ... the peach was a soft, stealthy traveller, making no noise at all as it floated along. And several times during that long silent night ride high up over the middle of the ocean in the moonlight, James and his friends saw things that no one had ever seen before."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "People who had not yet reached the underground shelters looked up and saw it coming, and they stopped running and stood there in a sort of stupor at what they thought was the biggest bomb in all the world falling out of the sky onto their heads."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

  • "And James Henry Trotter, who once, if you remember, had been the saddest and loneliest boy that you could find, now had all the friends and playmates in the world."
    -Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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