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May 03, 2006


As our last text of the year I wanted to make sure that I got something out of this story, knowing ahead that it was about a woman that had cancer.

This story made me feel stuck. I thought it was a good story and there were parts that interested me. However, The big medical terms just turned me off as I kept reading them more and more... I tried to even pronounce some of them and I felt like a little girl back in 1st grade. I know that's the point of the play since Vivian is a smart professor but it wasn't my cup of tea.

On that note, I like the character Susuie a lot. I felt that yes, she might not have been the brightest character that' we've ever read as a class but she made sure that Vivian was ok. She made sure that she asked her if she wanted to b resuscitated or if she wanted to die when her heart stopped. In the end when the doctor's got a mix-up, she kept yelling that she was a DNR and everyone found out that she didn't want to be brought back to life. I thought that was really loyal of her and she went through with her word.

(very top of 32) Vivian: Yes, having a former student give me a pelvic exam was thoroughly degrading -- and I use the term deliberately -- but I could not have imagined the depths of humiliation that --

I would be mortified if my student was giving me a pelvic exam. I mean I can understand some random person.... but someone you know??? Sorry, but for me, that's just weird. I'd be beyond comfort for that to happen to me.

(top of pg 35) Vivian: You cannot imagine how time....can be....so still. I
t hangs. It weighs. And yet there is so little of it.
It goes slowly, and yet it is so scarce.
If i were writing this scene, it would last a full fifteen minutes. I would lie here and you would sit there.

I love how she said that time is still. Sometimes it feels like the days at school are going SUPER slow while others feel like it goes way too fast. For example, I can definitely remember many days when I felt them go slow but this whole entire school year has flew by astonishingly. Time is either with us or against us. I can only imagine that that feels more slower for Vivian seeing as she's the patient in a bed all day long. That would just really stink.

Posted by DanielleMeyer at May 3, 2006 08:14 AM


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