• The house

    • "She opened her pocketbook and thumbed through it until she came to a folded-up piece of newspaper. After taking it out slowly, almost reverently, being careful not to rip it, she unfolded it and stared at it for a while. "This is why," she finally said to herself, "this is what it's all about."
      • Allie is describing why she came to visit Noah. She found an article in the paper about Noah finishing a beautiful vintage cottage. The house brings back memories to Allie because it is the place where Noah and her made love for the first time. When she sees his picture she realizes that she must go and see him secretly. The house is a symbol of their love for another and is full of memories between the two. Noah was going to build the house for Allie.
  • The letters

    • ""These are the letters that Noah wrote you. I never threw them away, and they havn't been opened. I know i shouldnt have kept them from you, and im sorry for that. But i was just trying to protect you. I didnt realize...""
    • "She kept them, these letters, and now i keep them, for she made me promise to do so. She said i would know what to do with them. She was right; i find i enjoy reading bits and pieces of them just as she used to."
      • The letters are a recording of their feelings for one another, memories together, and their time apart. The letters symbolize their true love for each other in the past and the present. They will forget how much they love each other because it is recorded on paper. the letters being kept represent them never throwing their relationship away. The letters from Noah that were kept sealed represent him never opening himself up to anyone else.
  • The dusk

    • "Dusk, I realized then, is just an illusion, because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are liked in a way that few things are; there cannot be one without the other yet they can not exist at the same time. How would it feel, I remember wondering, to be always together, yet forever apart? Looking back, I find it ironic that she chose to read the letter at the exact moment that question popped into my head. It is ironic, of course, because I know the answer now. I know what it is like to be day and night now; always together, forever apart." (pg 170-171)
      • In this wuote Noah is speaking about the sun setting, and he is explaining basically that there is no such thing as dusk because the sun is either setting or rising. Noah used this unintentionally as a metaphor for his relationship with Allie. Then he started getting into his relationship with her seeing how he loves her, and always wants to be with her but they are not together. They are always together through their heart in love, but apart due to her move.
  • Nature

    • "The evening passes, staying warm, nice. Noah listened to the crickets and the rustling leaves, thinking that the sound of nature was more real and aroused more emotion than things like cars and planes. Natural things gave back more than they took, and their sounds always brought him back to the way man was supposed to be." (pg 9)
      • I believe that through this quote Noah had thought about the days and nights that Noah and Allie had spent together, just surviving and loving each other in nature with no technology needed. Noah remains to live without this, and probably continues to wonder what Allie is doing, and if she has changed.
  • The porch swing

    • "Earlier that evening and a hundred miles away, she sat alone on the porch swing of her parents' home, one leg crossed beneath her. The seat had been slightly damp when she sat down; rain had fallen earlier, hard and stinging, but the clouds were fading now and she looked past them, toward the stars, wondering she'd made the right decision. She'd struggled some more this evening-but in the end, she knew she would never forgive herself if she let the opportunity slip away." (pg 15)
      • In Noah and Allie's close relationship they had spent a majority of their time sitting on the porch, in the swing, watching the sun set and rise. So whenever Allie or Noah sat on the porch it was instinct and unintentional to begin thinking of each other.
  • Swans

    • "The air was filled with honking and chirping as Noah moved the canoe through the water. The birds ignored them for the most part. The only ones who seemed bothered were those forced to move when the canoe approached them. (pg 107)
      • Swans are birds that mate for life and once they have a partner they will never leave their side. Noah and Allie are like this in that they fell and love and both of them know that they never really stopped loving on another. When the birds are forced to move away, they are bothered, this is also like Noah and Allie's relationship because they are forced to move away from each other because of social status, but never lost love.