The Wanderer

Sophie Character Analysis

Sophie, the central character of The Wanderer, is a thirteen-year-old girl who’s anxious to sail across the ocean from New England to England in order to see her grandfather, Bompie. Sophie’s diary entries are one of two first-person narratives (the other being Cody’s) that tell the story of The Wanderer. In the beginning of the book, we learn that Sophie was adopted—yet there’s something mysterious about this detail. Sophie seems to think that her foster parents are her original, biological ones, and whenever she’s asked about who her first parents were, she seems unable to really answer the question. At the end of the novel, we learn (along with Sophie) that her parents died in a tragic accident at sea, and that Sophie has been blocking this painful memory from her awareness for quite some time. Sophie’s journey to see Bompie is a quest to uncover the truth of her past, even though she may not realize it at first. Braving the sea is a way for her to put herself back in the situation that spelled her parents’ death, and to come to grips with her fear of the ocean. When she finally meets Bompie, she must come to terms with the fact that she had confused her own story with Bompie’s—it was not Bompie’s parents who died, but rather Sophie’s. Sophie is a dreamer at heart. Though she blocks out the truth of her past and to a great extent dreams her world—that she’s a biological member of her foster family, for example—she also instinctively thinks in an exotically imaginative, dreamy way, which sometimes confuses and shocks the other members of the crew. Sophie is also an adventurous spirit. She proves herself to be more than capable as a shipmate on The Wanderer, despite the doubts of her uncles and cousins, who all think that, because she’s a girl, she doesn’t have the skills and strength to brave the ocean.

Sophie Quotes in The Wanderer

The The Wanderer quotes below are all either spoken by Sophie or refer to Sophie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters 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 HarperCollins edition of The Wanderer published in 2011.
I. Preparations Quotes

And what I wanted to do was go on and on, across the sea, alone with the water and the wind and the birds, but some said I was too young and the sea was a dangerous temptress, and at night I dreamed a terrible dream. A wall of water, towering, black, crept up behind me and hovered over me and then down, down it came, but always I awoke before the water covered me, and always I felt as if I were floating when I woke up.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Open Ocean
Page Number: 1-2
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II. Shakedown Quotes

Sophie talks about my aunt and uncle as if they are her real parents, even though they are only her adopted parents and she’s only been with them three years. Brian says Sophie lives in a dream world, but I think it’s kind of neat that she does that. At least she isn’t sitting around moping about being an orphan.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Brian
Page Number: 23-24
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We are barely under way with our journey, and already everything seems more fluid and relaxed. . . . I’m ready to get out on the open ocean, though. I want to be moving, to be sailing, where it doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, where time is all connected.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 27-28
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Out here, there isn’t day and night and then a new day. Instead, there are degrees of light and dark, merging and changing. It’s like one long stream of time unfolding in front of you, all around you. There isn’t really a yesterday or a day before, which is weird, because then what is tomorrow? And what is last week or last year? And if there is no yesterday or last year—or ten years ago—then it must all be now, one huge big present thing.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 46-47
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IV. Under Way Quotes

Here we are, well out in the big blue, rolling, rolling, sailing on to England. Out here, I feel as if the ocean is alive, as if it is living and breathing, and moody, oh so moody! Sometimes it is calm and smooth, as if it were asleep; and sometimes it is playful, splashing and rolling; and sometimes it is angry and knocks us about. It’s as if the ocean has many sides, like me.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 118
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I stared out at the water and up at the sky and had the strangest rush of feelings. First I was completely peaceful, as if this was the most perfect place on earth to be, and then suddenly the peacefulness turned into wide, wide loneliness.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 144
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V. Wind and Waves Quotes

Last night I dreamed about Sophie, and this morning I asked Uncle Dock if Sophie knew what had happened to her parents. He said, “At some level, Sophie must know. But consciously? That’s something only Sophie can answer.”

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Dock
Page Number: 178-179
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I was going overboard; I was sure of it. Underwater forever, twisting and turning, scrunched in a little ball. Was this the ocean? Was I over the side and in the sea? Was I four years old? In my head, a child’s voice was screaming, “Mommy! Daddy!”

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Open Ocean
Page Number: 183
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It seems a hundred years ago that we were lobstering and clamming on Grand Manan and trekking around Wood Island, and it seems a hundred years ago that we were eager to get under way, oblivious to what lay in wait for us. I feel as if I have to start to love sailing again, because I don’t love it now. I just want to get to Bompie and forget about the ocean for a while.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Bompie
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Open Ocean
Page Number: 200
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I feel as if there were things inside me that were safely tucked away, sort of like the bilge down there, hidden under the floorboards of The Wanderer. But it feels as if the boards were blown off by The Wave and things are floating around and I don’t know where to put them.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Wave
Page Number: 200
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I am thinking about Bompie. At last I will see Bompie. Why am I scared?

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Bompie
Page Number: 202
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There's a little kid. And the little kid doesn't know what is going on. The little kid is just cold or hungry or scared and wants Mommy and Daddy. And when other people tell the little kid that Mommy and Daddy have gone to heaven . . . the little kid feels bad and wonders why they didn't take their little kid with them . . .
And everywhere the little kid goes, people ask what the little kid remembers about the grown-ups, who have gone away to the beautiful place, but the little kid doesn’t want to remember that painful thing. . . . The little kid wants to be right here, right now . . . not back at those times the little kid got left behind.
But no matter what the little kid might want, something inside pushes the little kid ahead while something or someone pulls the little kid back.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Related Symbols: The Little Kid
Page Number: 204
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I could understand what he was saying, but I wondered if the same was true of children, that sometimes you can’t control things and sometimes you have to let go. Maybe you even have to let go of your parents. But then I was all muddled in my head and I couldn’t make sense of anything, not even where I was or why I was there.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Stew
Page Number: 207
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And I keep thinking about the wave dream I used to have. What seems especially eerie is that the wave in all of those dreams was The Wave—exactly the same: the same height, the same shape. The only difference is that the wave in my dreams was black, and this one was white. . . .
I can’t get rid of the feeling that the waves of my dreams were all pointing to The Wave that got us on the ocean.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Open Ocean
Page Number: 208
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Last night, Cody and I got into this very serious talk about Life. We wondered if maybe people never die, but simply live on and on, leaving other planes behind. When you come near death, you die on one plane—so to everyone you are with, you are dead, but you—the you in you—doesn’t stop existing. Instead, you keep living the same as always and it just seems as if you’ve had a close call. We wondered if maybe we’re not each just one person, but many people existing on millions of different planes, like a line that branches off and branches again and on it goes, but it always has one central trunk.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 210
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Everyone is talking about reaching Ireland, but I feel weird, as if we’re not really going to get there, or as if I’m not ready to be there. And what will happen with Sophie when we do reach Bompie? Maybe that’s part of the reason I don’t want to get there. I’m afraid for Sophie.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Page Number: 212
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VI. Land Quotes

I reached across the bed and touched her hand. “Sophie,” I said. “Maybe that’s not Bompie’s story. Maybe that’s your story.”
Bompie whispered, “Sophie, he’s right. That’s your story, honey.”
Sophie stared at me and then at Bompie. She looked so scared and so little sitting there beside Bompie. And then she put her head down on Bompie’s chest and she cried and cried and cried.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Little Kid
Page Number: 249
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It was strange reading the ones about the car in the river, and leaping off the train tracks, and Bompie’s baptism, and Bompie in the swimming hole, and Bompie at the ocean. Most of what Sophie had told us was pretty much the way he had told it to her in his letters, except for the parts about struggling in the water. He was in the water all those times, but he hadn’t written about struggling in it.
Those parts had come from Sophie.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Page Number: 250
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Cody ripped off the wrapping. Inside was a pen-and-ink drawing of Cody juggling. He was standing on The Wanderer, and the boat was leaning way over, but Cody was perfectly balanced, and he was juggling not pretzels—or socks—but people. Each of us was a little wee tiny person up in the air, and Cody was juggling us.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Page Number: 259
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I’ve been thinking about the little kid. I think that one day the little kid got lucky and she landed in a place where it was okay if she couldn’t remember all the time, and because it was okay if she couldn’t remember all the time, and because it was okay not to remember, she started to remember. And along with the painful things came the good things to remember and maybe she felt as if she’d found some things she’d lost.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie
Related Symbols: The Little Kid
Page Number: 263
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I can tell that my now-parents are awfully relieved that I made it back in one piece. They keep coming into my room at night and sitting on the edge of my bed, and when I open my eyes, they say, “You okay? You need anything?” and I say, “I’m just fine.”

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker)
Page Number: 266
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I’m not in dreamland or earthland or mule-land. I’m just right here, right now. When I close my eyes, I can still smell the sea, but I feel as if I’ve been dunked in the clear cool water and I’ve come out all clean and new.
Bye-bye, Bompie. Bye-bye, sea.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Bompie
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 267
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Sophie Character Timeline in The Wanderer

The timeline below shows where the character Sophie appears in The Wanderer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
I. Preparations
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1. The Sea. The book begins with a journal entry by Sophie. She describes how the sea has called out to her since she was little, and... (full context)
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2. Three Sides. In her next journal entry, Sophie writes that her father calls her “Three-sided Sophie,” because one side of her personality is... (full context)
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Sophie tells us that she’s thirteen years old, and that she’s going to sail across the... (full context)
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3. Slow Time.Sophie writes that the crew of the boat, called “The Wanderer,” is hoping to set sail... (full context)
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4. The Big Baby. Sophie writes that her father drove her to Connecticut to join her uncles and cousins at... (full context)
II. Shakedown
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5. Afloat. Sophie writes that she and her fellow shipmates have begun their journey—The Wanderer has hit the... (full context)
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...stop him from barking orders at everyone. Cody writes that his aunt and uncle adopted Sophie, but Sophie talks about them as if they were her real parents. He adds that... (full context)
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7. Wildlife. Another journal entry from Sophie comes next, and she says that she, Cody, and Brian took the dinghy to land... (full context)
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8. The Dolt and the Orphan. Cody then writes about how he, Brian, and Sophie were walking along the island they visited with the dinghy, and how Brian mocked Sophie... (full context)
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Cody also says that Sophie went up high in the bosun’s chair (a sling which lifts up to the mast)... (full context)
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9. Beheading. Sophie writes an entry saying the crew has left Block Island and is headed for Martha’s... (full context)
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...an entry saying that he’s starting to enjoy “this sailing stuff.” He also says that Sophie is fun to watch catching fish, adding that he’s “never seen anyone so happy about... (full context)
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11. Juggling. Sophie writes another entry, and says that Cody is still getting on Mo, Brian, and Stew’s... (full context)
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...was “blah-blah-blahing about points of sail”like a know-it-all. Further, Brian asked Cody if he liked Sophie better than him, and Cody replied, “Yep.” Cody writes that Sophie is going to tell... (full context)
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13. Shakedown. Out at sea, Sophie writes about how her sense of time is being warped by being out on the... (full context)
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Sophie says that when she was on watch, peering through the fog, she suddenly had a... (full context)
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14. Bompie and the Car. Cody writes an entry about the first Bompie story Sophie tells aboard The Wanderer. Bompie lived on a farm when he was young, and his... (full context)
III. The Island
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15. Grand Manan. Sophie writes a journal entry about arriving at Gran Manan, an Island in the Bay of... (full context)
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...writes an entry in his log saying that he asked Uncle Dock what happened to Sophie’s parents. Dock replies by saying that they’re back in Kentucky, but Cody tells him that... (full context)
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17. Tradition. Sophie then writes an entry about how Frank and Frank’s wife treat Sophie as if she’s... (full context)
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18. Bompie and the Train. Cody writes in his log that he can’t figure Sophie out. She’s amazed by the smallest things, like a simple lobster pot, and will get... (full context)
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Cody then writes about another Bompie story Sophie tells. When Bompie was young, he lived near the Ohio River, where it was very... (full context)
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19. Wood Island. Still on Grand Manan, Sophie writes that she and Cody met an interesting woman who told them about an abandoned... (full context)
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When Sophie and Cody return to Grand Manan, Uncle Mo scolds them for getting themselves into potential... (full context)
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20. The Little Kid. Cody writes his own entry about his trip with Sophie to Wood Island. He says that he felt the presence of ghosts when he was... (full context)
21. The Baptism. In Sophie’s next journal entry, she describes how she, Cody, and Brian all went to a boat-building... (full context)
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Later, the crew of The Wanderer goes to a baptism for Frank’s grandson. When Sophiesees the people being baptized get dunked into the holy water, she starts getting woozy. “Amazing... (full context)
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Cody then retells another Bompie story from Sophie, this time about when Bompie was baptized. When Bompie was a teenager, his mother decided... (full context)
IV. Under Way
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23. Whoosh!.The fourth section of the book begins with Sophie writing about The Wanderer finally setting sail from Grand Manan towards England. Sophie says that... (full context)
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25. Fired. In Sophie’s next journal entry, she describes how one morning on The Wanderer, she overhears Uncle Dock... (full context)
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27. Insurance.Sophie writes about a conversation she had with Uncle Stew; she asked him about what he... (full context)
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...fog . . . makes everything look like a horror movie.” He then translates his,Mo’s, Sophie’s, and Brian’s names into radio code. (full context)
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29. Blips. Sophienow writes about a big argument that broke out on the ship. The grommets (metal rings... (full context)
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Sophie then says that, while she was helping to repair the sail by sewing the ripped... (full context)
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Sophie writes that morale seems to improve among her boat family the next day, though they... (full context)
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Sophie concludes her entry by saying that her recurring dream about “The Wave” happened again the... (full context)
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30. Knots.Cody writes that he learned how to tie a new kind of knot from Sophie. When he asks Sophie where she learned how to tie all kinds of knots, she... (full context)
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31. Rosalie. In her next entry, Sophie writes about how, while she was watching whales with Dock, he started to tell a... (full context)
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...and the Swimming Hole. Cody then writes a log entry that records another one of Sophie’sBompie stories. When Bompie was growing up, next to his house there was a swimming hole... (full context)
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After Sophie finishes her story, Brian asks why Bompie, in story after story, keeps going in the... (full context)
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33. Life. In her next journal entry, Sophie asks Uncle Stew if he knew Rosalie and if Dock liked her a lot. Stew... (full context)
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Sophie also writes that Dock had worried her the night before when they were both on... (full context)
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...Cody says that, whenever he does finally get to sleep, he gets woken up by Sophie screaming, because she’s experiencing nightmares. While Sophie won’t tell Cody what the dreams are about,... (full context)
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35. The Blue Bopper. Sophie’s next journal entry focuses on recounting a story the three uncles tell about a rubber... (full context)
V. Wind and Waves
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37. Wind.Sophie writes about the violent wind and waves the crew is currently experiencing. She says that... (full context)
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39. Bobbing.Sophie writes that the crew has lashed down every loose object on The Wanderer, and that... (full context)
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...didn’t want to die. Mo replied by telling Cody that he couldn’t die, and that “Sophie can’t die like this.” This confuses Cody—he thinks his father means something special by this... (full context)
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41. Surfing.Sophie writes that the storm is getting out of control; without sails, the boat is simply... (full context)
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42. Battling. As the storm gets worse, Sophie and Cody’s journal entries become short and terse for several chapters. In Battling, Cody says... (full context)
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43. Weary.Sophie writes that everyone aboard the ship has cried on the day she makes her entry,... (full context)
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45. Alone. Sophie writes that, when she was at the helm, she turned and saw Uncle Stew with... (full context)
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46. Bompie at the Ocean. Cody writes another entry about one of Sophie’s Bompie stories, which she told to Cody while they were trying to fall asleep in... (full context)
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47. Force Ten.Sophie writes that the winds have intensified even more—Uncle Dock says that they’re in a force-ten... (full context)
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...saying he loves her, just in case. He writes that he asked Uncle Dock about Sophie—does she know what happened to her parents? Dock replies that, “at some level, Sophie must... (full context)
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49. Spinning. In Sophie’s next two journal entries, she describes her and the crew’s encounter with a nearly fatal... (full context)
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50. The Wave. Sophie says that the wave, which she calls “The Wave,” like the one that haunts her... (full context)
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52. Jumbled. Sophie writes, in a new entry, that the crew is afraid to sleep—they’re afraid that the... (full context)
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53. Bompie and his Father. Cody writes an entry about another Bompie story Sophie tells—she mentioned it after Cody asked if Bompie’s father ever felt sorry for whipping him.... (full context)
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54. Mr. Fix-It.In her next journal entry, Sophie writes that Cody has been very active in making boat repairs, working non-stop while the... (full context)
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55. Wet.Sophie says in a brief entry that nearly everything on the boat is wet, but at... (full context)
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56. Useful. After Cody writes that The Wanderer has sails again (in Wet), Sophie writes an entry saying that Brian and Uncle Stew have been using the sextant for... (full context)
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57. Thinking.Sophiewrites a brief entry saying that she is thinking about finally seeing Bompie, but feels scared,... (full context)
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59. New Dreams. In Sophie’s next journal entry, she writes that Mo is trying to be kinder to Cody—Mo’s stopped... (full context)
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Sophie then writes that she keeps thinking about the dream of The Wave that she always... (full context)
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Sophie then mentions a discussion she had with Cody about life. They wondered if people actually... (full context)
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...he’s been asleep his entire life; he wishes he had been more inquisitive before, like Sophie, and wishes that he knew more, but says he doesn’t know how to become someone... (full context)
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Cody adds that he’s still not sure how Sophie knows Bompie’sstories, or if they even really are Bompie’s stories. If they are, did he... (full context)
VI. Land
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61. Ahoy Ahoy. Sophie opens the last section of the book with a journal entry announcing that she and... (full context)
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63. Bursting.Sophie writes an entry saying that she and the crew all went to a pub once... (full context)
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65. Push-Pull. In Sophie’s next entry, she says the whole crew is piled in a rental car on the... (full context)
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66. The Visitor. Sophie’s next entry details their arrival at Dock’s friend’s house. Everyone stayed inside the car while... (full context)
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67. Phone Call. Cody then writes, in his own journal, that he and Sophie were able to phone home at the cottage of Dock’s friend. He says Sophie was... (full context)
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...everyone is on a ferry crossing the Irish Sea towards Wales. He says Brian asked Sophie if she thought that Bompie would recognize everyone or not—she says “Of course,” and Cody... (full context)
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68. Wales.Sophie writes that the crew is driving across Wales; she says that the countryside is “lush... (full context)
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...that the crew has stopped at an Inn in Wales. While everyone was waiting for Sophie downstairs before dinner, Brian demanded that Dock tell everyone what happened to Sophie’s parents. Uncle... (full context)
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When Sophie arrives downstairs, everyone stops talking and stares at her. Then, the whole crew has dinner—and... (full context)
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...where their father was born. Brian whispers to Cody, saying that he still wonders how Sophie knows Bompie’sstories—did she make them up? Cody says he doesn’t know, and then writes that... (full context)
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70. Castle.Sophie writes that the crew are sitting at a bench outside Windsor Castle, a royal castle... (full context)
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72. Bompie.Sophie’s following entry picks up where the last one left off, and says that, after Dock... (full context)
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...a week after they’ve arrived at Bompie’s. On the second day there, Cody says that Sophie began telling Bompie his own stories. She told him the story about the car and... (full context)
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After realizing that the story is her own, Sophie puts her head on Bompie’s chest and cries. Cody says he left them there together,... (full context)
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74. Apples. In her next entry, Sophie says that, even though Bompie was so weak and bedridden, it didn’t stop Stew and... (full context)
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76. Gifts. Sophie writes that, on their last night with Bompie, Mo gave everyone a drawing he had... (full context)
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...that he and the rest of the crew had sailed across it. He adds that Sophie is staying with him for a week before returning to Kentucky, and that they went... (full context)
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...then writes that, while walking on the beach, he tried to suggest that the grandfather Sophie mentioned going clamming with on Block Island when she was little was actually her “first... (full context)
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...has enrolled in art classes at night. He concludes by saying that next week he, Sophie, and Brian are going to get together at Sophie’s place in Kentucky and explore the... (full context)
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78. Home. In her last journal entry, Sophie says that she’s happy to be home, and that Cody and Brian are staying with... (full context)