From The Readers’ Guide to The Girls: “Do you find yourself forgetting that Rose and Ruby were joined at the head? In what way is the bond of sisterhood more important than their physical link?”
Yes, I frequently forgot! Even though in my mind’s eye I always saw them as conjoined, and I could picture them easily, I had to remind myself that they were linked. I’ve found myself doing that in my every day life with other highly visible traits, as well. There are times that race and gender completely escape me. For instance, I can sometimes quote entire passages of what a person has said to me, but for the life of me be unable to remember if it was a man or a woman who said it. I find that quite odd in myself. How can I remember things in so much detail, in full clarity, but forget something as obvious as that?
Do any of you have instances like this?
As far as the second question goes, I can’t really answer that. In my head, their sisterhood is linked with their conjoinment. Period. The two elements (sisterhood/conjoinment) are completely entwined for them, having never experienced one without the other. I’m unable to separate the two, although I see the girls as two individual people.
One thing I do want to comment on is their shared childhood. I think it’s shared experiences that draw people closer together. Jen and I have talked about how friendships formed in childhood and friendships formed in adulthood are two separate types of friendship. I’ve got plenty of friends who I met as an adult, and we’re quite close, but it’s not the same thing as the friends I made way back when. With them I can literally go for years and years without ever seeing them or talking with them, but when we do spend time together, it’s like no time has passed at all as far as our friendship goes. It’s just not the same with more recent friends.
So I think it’s the girls’ shared history that draws them even closer. They are sisters and then some.