Emalie Kate Rabon
Quotes from the Book
This quote is said by Hal's father to him and proves his verbal abuse to Hal. His father is pointing out to him that he is of no use and that he is worthless, which shows why he changed his character.
"Catherine is the problem, I need a new wife."
Hal goes to court and attempts to convince the Pope to let him divorce his wife, for another woman, Ann. He wants to marry her because he says it was wrong to marry Catherine. He goes on to persuade them, which shows his on going divorces like Henry VIII who marries six women and all of them but one die.
"The boy grips the window...He stares out at the world, drinking it in urgently, drinking it in as though he will never see the world again. No, it is not the boy: It is me. It is him in me and me in him."
Hal finally realizes that the figure is in fact himself. He realizes that the boy reflects him when he was younger. He has no changed into a completely different person now and this boy gives him a visual of the person he used to be and should be. He finally sees and figures out that he has learned that he really has changed into a different person.
Three Interesting Details
In the book, Hal receives very little to no love from his parents and is seen as unfit for the throne instead of amazing and a great role-model for his country. He also marries his brother's wife when he dies and they are married. She was considered his sister when she and Arthur married, so they had to get permission from the Pope and they eventually do, so he marries his sister basically. Hal sees this ghostly figure throughout the book also, and every time he sees the figure, it is the same age as him. He figures out that the figure is actually he himself and that it is the figure and a reflection of the person he used to be to show him the difference between the person he used to be and the person he has become.