Memorable Quotes from Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen

“Did she not feel totally fulfilled when she had completed the manuscript, just as if it were another baby she had had?” (p. 166)

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Memorable Quotes from Second Class Citizen
Memorable Quotes from Second Class Citizen
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“You must know, my dear young lady, that in Lagos you may be a million publicity officers for the Americans; you may be earning a million pounds a day; you may have hundreds of servants: you may be living like an elite, but the day you land in England, you are a second-class citizen.” (p. 39)


“Adah could not stop thinking about her discovery that the whites were just as fallible as everyone else. There were bad whites and good whites, just as there were bad blacks and good blacks! Why, then did they claim to be superior?”  (p. 53)


Second Class Citizen

“Did she not feel totally fulfilled when she had completed the manuscript, just as if it were another baby she had had?” (p. 166)

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“Her children were going to be different. They were all going to be black, they were going to enjoy being black, be proud of being black, a black of a different breed.” (p. 141)


“London, having killed Adah’s congregational God, created instead a personal God who loomed large and really alive.” (p. 151)


“They were going to get the room they were asking for. Pa Noble was too old for Sue.” (p. 93)


Memorable Quotes from Second Class Citizen
Memorable Quotes from Second Class Citizen

“Hunger drove Francis to work as a clerical officer in the post office. Adah’s hopes rose. This might save the marriage after all.” (p. 162)


“This old friend of Adah’s paid for the taxi that took her home from Camden Town because he thought she was still with her husband.” (p. 175)


“So, sorry as she was for making a fool out of an old doctor, this was just one of the cases where honesty would not have been the best policy.” (p. 42)


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