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What I found interesting about Rivecca’s portrayal of this young woman, was the way that place was used as a personal identity. We dont really get a look at what the hotline office of cubicles looks like, or really a whole lot about what other people look like except for a few initial descriptive details. We do, however, get a really wonderful presentation of our main character in her environment, her distance from people and things. We see how very alone she is, and untouched by her surroundings. In the main character’s internal dialogue, we understand her experiences as she does…which is with little understanding, but in a satisfied, listless sort of way. Using “you” creates distance but because we as the reader know what is going on in our main character’s head, the distance becomes less between the reader and the character, and more between the “us” that is the reader and character, and everyone else in the story. The best example of this is when Colin is speaking with the main character, “‘I hope we can continue to work together.'” He uses your name.” This supposed unity of reader and main character fosters a sort of non-reactiveness that is a focal point in the story.

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