Lines We Love
Jen was talking about some of the Lines I Love in a recent comment about The Girls. Here they are:
When I groaned about it [having to go to summer school] to Aunt Lovey, she’d said, “Ruby’s going to summer school for the math, but you’ll be learning a valuable lesson too, Rose.”
I’d have stomped, if I were a stomper. “It’s just not fair,” I whined.
“Yep.” She’d nodded. “That’s the lesson.”
I just love Aunt Lovey and her attitude toward life. What struck me as particularly noteworthy in those lines is that fact that probably no one knows more than Ruby and Rose how terribly unfair life can be! I think they had already grasped that concept. But I think Aunt Lovey was pointing out that it’s a lesson that’s worth repeating.
Lori Lansens does an excellent job of character development. Aunt Lovey’s attitude and outlook are clearly evident in these lines:
Aunt Lovey believed people could be separated into three categories. People who love children. People who love their own children. And people who don’t even like children but have pets they call Baby.
Lansens does a particularly good job of helping the reader feel the emotions of both girls. Here’s a good example:
I was thinking of those childhood prayers, Aunt Lovey’s soft cheek, Ruby’s quick road to slumber. In those dark, quiet moments when only I was awake, my prayers private and real, crickets courting in the weeds under our window, the smell of fish coming from the river not awful like it can be but glorious, I’d notice things: how Ruby smelled different because she was on a certain medication, or how smooth her hair felt when it fell between us, or how lovely the weight of her hand resting on my collarbone. It would occur to me how deeply I loved my sister, and how profoundly I was loved by her. I think I found something of God in that. And in the way Aunt Lovey kissed me. And in the sound of Uncle Stash’s voice when he said, “My girls.”
I’ll save some more Lines I Love for another day. Until then…