- "Two men alone are constantly on the verge of fighting, and they know it."
- "You don't have to get up. But if you're going to farm, you'd better farm." (I love the exchanged between Adam and Charles.)
- "I bet you get up because you want to, and then you take credit or it--like taking credit for six fingers." You all know someone like this.
- Adam: "Every morning in the army that damned bugle would sound. And I swore to God if I ever got out I would sleep till noon every day. And here I get up a half-hour before reveille. Will you tell me, Charles, what in hell we're working for?" And Charles says: " You can't lay in bed and run a farm." These are the words Charles says, but they're not really a viable answer. What are they working for?
- Summary of the brothers' existence, from Charles: "I can just see it all over again. You'll stay around a year or so and then you'll get restless and you'll make me restless. We'll get mad at each other and then we'll get polite to each other--and that's worse. Then we'll blow up and you'll go away again, and then you'll come back and we'll do it all over again."
- "There were no borders to time so that it seemed endless passing."
- Why doesn't Charles want Adam to build a new house? He keeps saying, "I'll buy you out." What's his problem?
- Why is Charles so happy to hear that Adam was a "jailbird?" And what about this revelation leads to the evident peace at the end of the chapter?