Nightjohn Voice Quotes

We use the following quotes when talking about voice in Nightjohn. We use a graphic organizer like this.

  • “I’m Sarny and they be thinking I’m dumb and maybe up to witchin’ and got a stuck tongue because when I birthed they say I come out wrong, come out all backwards and twixt-and-twinst.”
  • “…they be thinking because I don’t make noise and go to twattering all the time that I be dumb.”
  • “I’m Sarny and the other part of my name be the same as old Waller who wants to be master but is nothing. Nothing. I don’t back part of my name no more than I count old Waller himself. No more than I count spit.”
  • “Waller puts great store in the sticks and watches them like an old hawk watching the chicken pens.”
  • “It isn’t for certain how old I am except for the sticks…. By the stick I am going into the same year as all the fingers on both hands, fold them down, then hold up the thumbs.”
  • “The house women are fond of leaving the window open and talking all their business right there.”
  • “I thinks of all the things I have learned that day and then I tries to add them to the things I learned the day before that. I’ve been doing that as long as I can remember, since I was almost just walking, and I remember all the parts of my life. If there is time of an evening and I haven’t been worked to the bone I can just lay there in the dark and think on all my time and remember it.”


  1. Not what i needed [expletive deleted]

  2. Sorry. Next time, try not to show off your limited vocabulary with expletives.

  3. Some or phrases some or not

  4. I’m confused. Do you mean “some are phrases” or “some or phrases”, as you wrote?

  5. I’m glad the resource helped, and your’re right: it’s a good book.

  6. What is the page # to the first and second one

  7. Sorry, but I’m not sure, and I don’t have a copy of the novel with me at the moment.

  8. Thank you for your comment. I chose to redact your profanity since it has no place here (though it might there in Kent, Washington, where you live) and since it really does nothing more than embarrass you. In the future, remember that even when you think you’re being an anonymous ninnyhammer, you’re only half correct.

  9. Dear Mr. Scott,
    I have found that you are quite the peace keeper, and I have grown to respect you. You are right when you say that profanity is not acceptable. But I do have to say, when you say to a person, ” where you live,” it gives you a stalker-esque persona.

    P.S: what is a ninny hammer?

    Just a comment,

    Elatia Taves

  10. I believe you mis-read the comment. This person trolled the site with a couple of profanity-laced comments. Because I have a modicum of technical skills, I was able to trace the user back not only to the town he/she lived but also the institution from which the individual accessed the site. I wasn’t stalking, just using basic internet skills. Re-read the comment and you’ll understand.

    Regarding ninnyhammer, why not use Google?

  11. dude mr scott ur such and [redacted]

  12. Thank you for visiting the site. I appreciate your constructive feedback. Might I offer some in return?

    First of, “dude” is really quite dated. The only people who call others “dude” are usually in their forties by now.

    Second, and most disturbing, you really have no sense of punctuation or capitalization. “Dude” is a noun of address, so you should follow with a comma. It should also be capitalized because it is the beginning of a sentence. My name would also be capitalized, and there should be a period after “Mr” as it is an abbreviation of “mister.” There should be a comma after “Mr. Scott” as well as it is functioning as an appositive in this sentence. And of course you left off your final period.

    Finally, that amusing typo “and” when you probably meant “an” (though I must give you kudos for knowing to use “an”). It renders the whole sentence, such as it is (and it’s really just a pile of letters and words masquerading as a sentence), complete nonsense.

    You know, if you’re going to try to insult me, you should probably put more thought and effort into it than that, because you just look foolish when it appears that the best you can do is an error-laden pile of nonsense.

    Want to take another shot?

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