One of the distinct personality traits that I saw in The Girls was that Rose was the more dominant of the sisters. To me it seemed that she was the more mature of the two, taking charge in most situations. Rose literally carried Ruby around. Did you have the same impression?
The fact that I viewed Rose and Ruby in this light made one scene in their story particularly poignant. One of the most emotionally challenging situations they encountered was during their trip to Slovakia. Both girls viewed the area of their conjoinment (their heads, specifically that spot where the two were joined) as highly personal and private…space not to be invaded. The last thing they wanted was for anyone to touch the spot where they were conjoined. Imagine how frightened they were when they had to endure being touched, repeatedly, by people they didn’t know in a faraway land. Yet at this emotionally charged time it was Ruby who came to Rose’s rescue. Ruby realized and understood Rose’s vulnerability, and she gave Rose a gift. The gift came in some Lines I Love:
“I can’t do it,” I [Rose] whispered.
“You can,” Ruby said. “Close your eyes.”
“Think of each hand as a story or a poem you’ll write one day. Imagine that the hands aren’t taking something, but that they’re giving something.”
“Like what?” I asked, petulant.
I read that section over and over, savoring it and the emotion it conveyed.
Did any particular story of the girls’ lives strike you in a similar fashion?