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Date Posted: 17:07:09 12/15/08 Mon
Author: Alex Wood
Subject: Re: Category busting and the maternal connection
In reply to: Icaredor 's message, "Re: Category busting and the maternal connection" on 10:32:54 12/14/08 Sun

Thanks for your thoughtful response and for your other equally thoughtful comments on this forum. "She smiles without her eyes, and her hands are cold" is one of the many memorable lines that helps make this movie so great. I hadn't thought of the corpse interpretation, but it makes sense.

>Paulie feels that Tori is the only source of love in
>her life (except for the hope that her "blood mother"
>will love her). Consequently, Paulie relies totally on
>Tori to meet all of her emotional needs, including
>those that could be satisfied by a mother.
>When Tori rejects her, she completely unravels because
>she feels completely alone. She values no one else in
>her life. She sees her “fake mother” as a corpse (“she
>smiles without her eyes and her hands are cold”);
>after the split, she doesn’t attempt to re-establish
>any other friendships; and she doesn’t even treat
>Mouse decently. In fact, she becomes a real danger to
>Mouse. The letter about her “real mother” gives her a
>brief flash of hope. Then she continues her fall into

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