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Date Posted: 16:17:31 06/18/09 Thu
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: Tolerance as a Trojan horse
In reply to: Alex Wood 's message, "Tolerance as a Trojan horse" on 13:34:32 04/19/09 Sun

Good point, Kellie. I hadn’t thought that Allison might not be one of “they.” I can see that working if the dinning hall scene happens quickly after Tori talks with Allison so Cordelia and Kara could only have heard the…well, the truth.

Would that change the implication of the conversation, though? Tori’s denial is categorical: “whatever they’re saying is trash talk.” This covers more than simply denying that she is lesbian, and would apply to any variation on “Paulie and Tori were in bed together naked,” or “Tori and Paulie are lesbos,” or even that Paulie is lesbian. To her own friends, Tori seems to be denying everything, regardless of who is saying it.

I’m still inclined to think that Allison is one of “they.” When Tori enters the dinning hall, she sees Lauren sitting with Allison, so Tori knows Allison is talking with the senior girls; Cordelia glares in Allison’s direction when she says “grow up!” so she seems to cast Allison among the trash talkers; and the movie indicates that some hours have passed between Tori talking with Allison and the dinning hall scene beginning.
Allison leaves Tori and goes to “straighten everything out.” She goes immediately to join her own friends. We then get a lovely little triptych across the three girls with Tori’s slo-mo weep-walk; the digression as Mary goes to check her mail only to be let down by her father again; and then we arrive at Paulie sitting alone in the dinning hall unaware, as yet, that heartbreak will be joining her for lunch. All accompanied by Me’shell Ndegeocello’s slow and soulful “Beautiful.” Very touching. To me, the movie is allowing enough time to pass for Allison’s version to get around before Tori and Mary meet up and walk into the dinning hall. I don’t know. That scene can be read in lots of ways.

Do you think Paulie and Mary are supposed to be able to hear what Tori says to Cordelia, or are they too far away in a noisy room and are just responding to Tori ignoring Paulie?

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