Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Tenth Circle: 2 Post B

The second section starts out with Trixie being at the hospital. She is being examined for infections because she had just gotten raped. Doctors question what happened and what she had been doing that evening. When Daniel goes back to their house to get Trixie new clothes, Laura come the the hospital because she got the message that Daniel had sent her. When Daniel gets back from the house, he's surprised to see Laura with Trixie. When they finally get to go home from the hospital, 27 hours later, Trixie is deathly tired but can't sleep. She can't get what happened with her and Jason out of her head. She is always replaying it over and over in her head and she can't focus on anything. Daniel also finds out about Laura's affair. This puts a major dent in their relationship and marriage. Laura tried really hard to make up what she did to Daniel but he has no interest in what she has to say. Trixie tried to go back to school. Daniel doesn't feel she should go back to school but the counselor feels its the best thing to do. Trixie's best friend Zephyr also hasn't spoken to her since that night. Trixie is hoping its because she doesn't know how to apologize to her but not sure if that is the reason why.

The Tenth Circle:2 Post A

> *Florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate. (80)
*Facetious: playfully jocular; humorous (87)

> One theme that is emerging in the book is, things might not be as they appear. I chose this theme because of the way Trixie wanted to have Jason so badly and when she finally got him back for a little bit, he took advantage of her condition and raped her. Trixie thought that she wanted to have sex with him until it was actually happening. She begged him to stop but he didn't listen. She also thought that Jason was the whole package in the sense that he was a nice guy and really cared about her, along with being the schools hockey all-star. Jason just ended up being a shallow guy that only cared about himself and his image.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Tenth Circle: 1 Post B

The Beginning of the book, The Tenth Circle, was very interesting. We find out that Daniel, Trixie’s father, is a successful comic’s writer. He has a rocky relationship with his wife Laura. Laura is a College professor teaching a very popular course on hell. We find out that Laura is having an affair with a college student but breaks it off and becomes very upset. Trixie is fourteen, and has a best friend named Zephyr. Trixie becomes some sort of a rebel when she is with Zephyr. One night Trixie tells her dad that she is having a low key night at Zephyr’s house and then sleeping over there. What her father doesn’t know is that Zephyr was planning on having a big party at her house including all kinds of inappropriate games. Trixie was planning on fooling around with other boys to make her X-boyfriend, who she is still crazy about, jealous. When Trixie starts drinking her head was spinning and all she could think about was Jason. When everyone left except Jason, and, Jason’s friend, Moss, Trixie was ashamed and embarrassed so she hid in the bathroom. Jason went up to meet her and they started kissing. We later find out that Jason had raped her. When Daniel finds out, he takes Trixie to the hospital for some exams.

The Tenth Circle:1 Post A

> * foundling (7) - A deserted or abandoned infant; a child found without a parent or caretaker
*maladroit (38) - Lacking adroitness; clumsy; awkward; unskillful; inept.

> "You should work at home, Daniel said, when what he really meant was, why does it sound like you've been crying?
No, I'll get more done here,
Laura answered, when what she really meant was, Please don't ask." (49) I picked this quote from the book because it helps the reader understand the marriage between the two. As a reader, the quote helped me understand that the marriage between Laura and Daniel is slowly falling apart. They have some communication problems and don't like to talk out their problems. The quote helped set the mood of their relationship.