Who Saw that Coming? We Did.
First thing's first: kudos to the people in our class who answered some questions before Williams got the chance.
"'Corvus,' he said. "Doesn't that mean raven?" (Williams 139)
Yeah, Ray, it sure does. And I believe it was Karyssa who figured out this tidbit would be important. I'm now fairly sure that this fact is significant enough for Williams to bluntly point it out for her not-so-ambitious readers (including myself; I would've never thought to look that up).
To everyone in the class who said that Alice was nine kinds of crazy, Ray agrees with you.
"...and the other one, who didn't even remember him, was just a madwoman." (139)
"It's breeding, maybe, Ray thought grimly, being brought up properly, and where were you brought up, Alice, he'd like to ask, in penitentiary daycare?" (142)
This last quote also supports what was mentioned in our discussion on Friday: The fact these three girls are motherless is significant, and will play a part in the life/death theme of the book.
Also, it seems that Annabel was correctly classified by the class so far. When Corvus and Alice are discussing their encounter with Ray, and Corvus mentions death, Annabel thinks of her disgust for the dog-hair in the truck.
"I would have this vacuumed, she thought, in the most thorough way." (148)
While Corvus is defining herself by her grief, Annabel, it seems, is trying to be above mourning, and coming off, ironically, as shallow.
And yet, despite her seemingly superficial nature, Annabel was on the same page as everyone in the class who wondered where Social Services was in Williams' universe, and what were they going to do about Corvus.
"'Are you really going to stay around here forever, Corvus? Won't Social Services get on your case or something?" (125)
Who knows, maybe that will end up being important after all. I do think that, while she's inarguably strange, Alice is the one of the trio of girls who has shown actual loyalty to another person. Here she interrupts Annabel's question to spare Corvus's feelings, earlier in the book she stayed with Corvus after her parents died, and she forced herself to go to the retirement home because it meant something to Corvus. Annabel has expressed several times not only her desire to pretend this summer never happened once it ended, but how off-putting she finds both Alice and Corvus. Corvus, meanwhile, is immersed in her own mourning, and while she may or may not appreciate the company she has in Alice and Annable, we haven't been as privy to her thoughts as we have to the thoughts of the other two, and her dialogue since the destruction of her house, has mainly consisted of comments about death. This loyalty humanizes Alice, in a way not even her most outrageous quirk has managed to do