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Date Posted: 10:35:04 12/04/08 Thu
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: Paulie and Allison
In reply to: Alex Wood 's message, "Paulie and Allison" on 17:44:09 11/28/07 Wed

That’s a good idea, yet I don’t see it like that.

Allison and her friends don’t mention blueberry pancakes. Tori does after they leave. Although Paulie tells them to get their “fat, stinking butts outta here,” and calls them “f-ing teeny-boppers,” Tori is more abusive to Allison than she is. Also, the girls are laughing as Paulie chases them out, so Allison doesn’t seem offended at that time.

In the dinning room scene that immediately follows, Paulie is the first to say “Out,” but none of the senior girls hesitate in joining her. Even Tori tells them without qualm to beat it. I think the scene is designed to show that the senior girls’ circle is closed to juniors. They all consider juniors beneath them. This explains why Tori is relatively relaxed among the seniors about her relationship with Paulie. They may not be officially “out” but they are not nearly as discrete as you’d expect if Tori is paranoid about anyone knowing. It would be fairly incredible if the seniors didn’t “Add it Up,” as the song says. Paulie and Tori are far beyond just comfortable with Mouse, and although Mouse is younger than they are, she is one of their cliché, not the juniors’, so she’s safe.

The concern for Tori is Allison finding out and her parents hearing that she’s in a gay relationship. The senior girls aren’t about to gossip with “bottom feeders” about their friends, so Allison won’t find out from them. When Allison accidentally finds out, the situation changes and Tori lies to protect this other life she is intended to lead.

Well, that’s my take. I am puzzled about why the writer put such a focus on Tori’s over enthusiasm for blueberry pancakes. Perhaps Thompson intends it as another indicator that Tori is a fairly superficial person.

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