The Narrator: The narrator is the pilot.
“What moves me so deeply, about this sleeping prince...is his loyalty to a flower—the image of a rose shining within him like a flame within a lamp, even when he's asleep. And I realized he was even more fragile than I had thought. Lamps must be protected. A gust of wind can blow them out.”
“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”
“(Major Major's father) was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism. He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down. His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa.”
The Narrator: Despite popular belief, "Alice" is never mentioned as the narrator's name, although another girl with the name is alluded to within the story. The book is comprised of her diary entries. She is an average teen dealing with her family's recent move. She is consumed with loneliness and low self-esteem and these are the reasons she begins experimenting with drugs and sex, mostly drugs though. She is once referred to as Carla in the whole book, but as this is the only mention of her name, we cannot be sure. The phrase "Go Ask Alice" is a reference to a song by Jefferson Airplane.
The Narrator: Unnamed listener to the time traveler's tale; very inquisitive and seems to believe the time traveler.
“Or did he go forward, into one of the nearer ages ,in which men are still men, but with the riddles of our own time answered and its worrisome problems solved?”
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