I Am the Cheese

by: Robert Cormier

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

"...there are the Never Knows. Never knowing who can be trusted. Never knowing who that stranger in town can be."

Louise tells Adam about her fears of living as a refugee after he confronts her in TAPEOZK013 (Section 8). Similarly, Adam harbored fears of the Never Knows all along without ever knowing why. This revelation helps Adam better understand the nature of why he is scared, and that his fears are justified. Louise's fears center around distrust and anxiety, and worst of all, they isolate the Farmers from their community and loved ones. This is extremely painful for Louise, who is only allowed to speak with her sister Martha once a week at a particular time. The confinement is also difficult for Adam, who yearns to share his secrets with Amy.