The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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Quiromantic Term Analysis

Someone who “doesn’t understand the difference between romantic and platonic love.” Sasha also identifies as quiromantic, and the relationship they share with Nemo is not romantic. Sasha and Nemo “cuddle,” but their relationship is not sexual, and “instead of ‘I love you’s’ it’s like, ‘You’re the greatest.’”

Quiromantic Quotes in The 57 Bus

The The 57 Bus quotes below are all either spoken by Quiromantic or refer to Quiromantic. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Macmillan edition of The 57 Bus published in 2017.
Part 1: Genderqueer Quotes

Most of us see gender and sexuality and romance as one big interconnected tangle of feelings—this is who I am, this is who I’m attracted to, this is who I love. But as Sasha began exploring the topic online, they found that some people had developed language for combing the tangle into individual strands. In these online conversations, the word sex referred purely to biology—the chromosomes, organs, and anatomy that define male and female from the outside. Gender was the word for what people felt about themselves, how they felt inside. Sexuality was the category for who you were physically attracted to. Romantic was the category for who you felt romantic attraction to. And there was a whole array of distinctions within each category as well. It was like a gigantic menu, with columns and columns of choices.

Related Characters: Sasha
Page Number: 32
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Quiromantic Term Timeline in The 57 Bus

The timeline below shows where the term Quiromantic appears in The 57 Bus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Gender, Sex, Sexuality, Romance: Some Terms
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...same gender.  A “panromantic” is interested romantically in those “across the gender spectrum,” and a “quoiromantic” does not “understand the difference between romantic and platonic love.” (full context)
Part 1: Sasha’s Terms
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Slater also includes a list of Sasha’s preferred terms. It reads: “Agender. / Gray-cupiosexual. / Quoiromantic / Also: Vegan.” (full context)