“Checkouts” For 8th Grade

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Home
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8th grade: Here is the passage by Longfellow that seems to reflect this story. Read it, think about the story, and decide why I’ve chosen this passage. Comment below to let me know you’re reading!

“Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another; Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

What are your thoughts? Comment below. How does this quote reflect the story?

Comments
  1. hannahtowle says:

    The quote relates to the story because, in Checkouts the boy and the girl just pass eachother with a glance. But they dont talk and then once they stare and glance they may never see eachother again.

  2. This quote is connected with the story because, “the ships that pass in the night” represents them not talking to each other during the day or when there not together. The other quote represents “only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness so on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another only a look and a voice” means they talk in the supermarket but not for long because there both nervous. and the last quote “then darkness again and a silence” means they moved on and both met new people. SC

  3. jeffalty says:

    It reflects how when the girl and the boy saw each other they kind of passed each other in silence and didn’t think of talking to each other

  4. I think this reflects the story because it shows how the boy and the girl saw “Only a look and a voice; then darkness again in silence.” when they saw each other at the movies they looked and smiled. They knew that they weren’t meant to be.

  5. Olivia Sweeney says:

    The boy and the girl from “Checkouts” are represented by the ships in the quote. When they see each other at the movies, they smile as if they share a secret. Just a nod and a glance is all it takes for them to recognize each other, but nothing more. They go on with their lives as if they hadn’t ever met. Their eyes meet, then blink out into darkness.

  6. This passage is just like the story “Checkouts” because in the being of the story, the boy and girl see each other but don’t say a word to each other. In the passage it states that “Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;” Just like the boy and girl, the ships pass with out saying a word and drifting away not seeing each other again.

  7. Brenda Miele says:

    You chose this passage because the ships represent the boy and girl passing each other in the super market both times they meet. The silence symbolizes the words unspoken by them, that could have lead to something great. Also, the darkness in which they pass signifies the unknown and what is yet to explore in their relationship.

  8. livielitz says:

    I believe the quote above relates to the story because the ships are but strangers to each other. The 2 parts of the quote,Ships that pass in the night-” and, “So on the ocean of life we pass.” relates to the last paragraph of, Checkouts, where it states that they were , “-glancing toward the other, each smiling slightly, then looked away, as strangers public buses often do, when one is moving off the bus and the other is moving on.” just as the girl and boy are going in opposite in directions in life with so little as glance towards each other the ships pass each other with little acknowledgment except for,”a distant voice in the darkness” Then they pass, never to meet the same way again if at all.

  9. This quote reflects the story in many ways. One of which is how the boy and girl meet the two show signs of compassion but do nothing to embrace this feeling. Much like in the passage above when the boat signals passing and then the two never speak again.

  10. How I believe that this quote reflects the story is that, the boy and girl in the story are like ships in the quote. Picture this, they live like their riding on a boat, they just sail past each other for a moment, and disappear into the darkness. It’s like a metaphor, they sail right past each other’s lives, and go away in an instant. One ship could’ve made it’s move like in the story, but they decided to just make a signal like in quote, and just go along with their rides, or in other words, their lives. -E.A.

  11. buck beak says:

    DJ Collins
    this passage is special because the boy and girl walk past each other as ships pass each other in the darkness. people always nod at each other give a smile to make someone’s day if they are having a bad day .

  12. This quote relates to the story because the boy and the girl are the ships who pass each other with only a nod of consideration instead of launching in to a conversation. They are ships that pass in the night.

  13. Brady Noll says:

    This quote reflects back to the story because it exemplifies the relationship between the Girl and the Bag Boy in that they are the ships and they briefly exchange looks but they never dive deep into a conversation and get to know each other.

  14. Caitlin Casey says:

    C.C This reflects the story because it represents the boy and the girl when they meet for the second time at the movies. They only smiled at each other and then walked on pretending like they never met at the supermarket. They realized that they were not meant for each other and passed like the two ships.

  15. The passage that you have posted relates to the story Checkouts because the two of them only noticed each other once and reacted, just like the quote where Longfellow said ” Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another”. Then his quote talks about how it is silent and dark after that and I believe that is how it was after, they never talked or even noticed each other.

  16. Ryan Mahoney says:

    I think that you chose the passage because the ships represent the boy and the girl from the story. I think that because they don’t talk to each other, they only speak in looks.

    • In the first part of the quote it says “ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing” this I think would be in the beginning of the story of “checkouts” when the boy and girl meet and even without words they speak to each other as if they knew each other. Then the quote says “only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkeness so on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another only a look and a voice” this I would think shows how they first signaled they wanted each other but only there little voice in the big world of darkness could not force there way to each other. So as life passed on they grew apart and only a look at each other later on would be nothing. Lastly the quote stated ” then darkness again and a silence” meaning they drifted so far apart in this mysterious world only darkness came to each other and they seperated permanently.