Thursday, December 27, 2007
*efficacious: Possessing the quality of being effective; producing, or capable of producing, the effect intended; as, an efficacious law. (245)
>One of the emerging themes from the book is "Don't go looking for something that is right in front of you." I chose this theme to represent this section because it describes many different events that happened in this section. A lot of this section was about the rape case diseasing because of Jason Underhill's death. Because of his death people were looking for how it happened and concluded that someone had pushed him. They accuse almost everyone until they realize that the suspect was right there before them, Trixie.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
* Quarantined: a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease. (188)
>*"'What?' He could hear the bright blue edge of panic in Laura's voice." (213) I knew this was personification because the author gave the character, Laura's, eyes, which are inanimate objects an action.
*"She'd held the word adolescent on her tongue, enjoying the way it fizzed like a bath bomb." (217) This is a metaphor because it says that a word fizzed on her tongue like a bath bomb. This is giving a something a literal stance.
*"Seeing Trixie, her eyes wide, her face as white as chalk." (218) I chose this quote to represent a simile. It compares Trixie's face to chalk using the word "like".
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Section three starts out with Trixie starting back at school. She gets all sorts of mean looks from people. Zephyr doesn’t believe Trixie and Trixie goes even further into depression. People play mean pranks on her and she wants to go home immediately. Her father comes and picks her up and while they drive away they get a bottle thrown at their car and kids yelling at them. Later, Laura and Daniel start mending their relationship. The mending starts out really slow and doesn’t seem like it would happen. This doesn’t help Laura either. Laura is also having a hard time. She is breaking things off with Seth and is still afraid Trixie will find out. When Trixie does find out they have a huge argument and but it ended really well and they were closer than ever before. Trixie’s case is not looking good with the information coming from witnesses. It shows that Trixie had been lying and that she was the one endangering herself, not just Jason. Later we find out that Trixie was only lying because she was afraid that no one would believe her. She was hoping that it would help her win her case. Later on in the section Laura opened the bathroom door looking for Trixie and saw her on the bathroom floor covered in blood. She saw that her wrists had been bleeding and that she was bleeding to death. "Laura held her daughter's limp body up againt her own, knowing that she had to get to a phone and equally sure that if she left Trixie alone, she'd never see her alive again." (165) I chose this quote because it shows how far in a hole Trixie is at this point. She feels there is no way out of the way she is feeling except death. This connects to a lot of girls her age. There are many girls out there that are very unhappy whether its with their self image or lack of friends. These girls result in suicides and leave their family and friends behind because they feel there is no way out.
* profuse (147)- Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; giving or given liberally and abundantly; extravagant.
>" She was crying just as hard as Trixie was now, to the point where it was impossible to tell which one of them was clinging to the other. Laura felt, in that moment, like the survivor of the train wreck, the woman who steps outside the smoking wreckage to realize that her arms and legs still works, that she has somehow come through a catastrophe unscathed." (160)
This quote was significant to the story because it shows how no matter your age you need someone to take care of you. The comfort of your own child can sometimes help you get over everything else that is happening in your life. When you are having trouble with your husband and all you have left is knowing your child will forgive you can sometimes help you get over the other things in your life.