Fun Home

Alison Bechdel Character Analysis

The author and protagonist of Fun Home, Alison traces her life from childhood into early adulthood, centering her reflections on the circumstances surrounding her father Bruce’s death as well as the progression of her understanding of her own lesbian sexuality and inclination toward masculinity. Throughout the graphic memoir, Alison is open and up front about her desires to dress and act like boys, and she also details how the pressure of her non-conformity to social expectations leads her to develop many strange compulsive behaviors as a child, including rituals, superstitions, and a proclivity for autobiography. Alison’s journey into self-recording begins with a simple, truthful childhood diary that over time transforms into a much less reliable teenage document that hides as much or more than it captures, and continues through the writing of Fun Home. Through the book’s construction and its dozens of literary allusions, Alison brings the reader inside her point-of-view by showing how she often uses literary, mythical, or historical references in order to frame and contextualize her life. After Alison leaves her home and goes to Oberlin college, she begins to explore her sexuality openly, coming out of the closet to her parents, becoming a part of the gay campus community at her college, and beginning a transformative relationship with Joan, her first girlfriend. Alison’s story within the book, then, is one of a difficult but ultimately successful growing up, in which Alison becomes aware and accepting of who she is.

Alison Bechdel Quotes in Fun Home

The Fun Home quotes below are all either spoken by Alison Bechdel or refer to Alison Bechdel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of Fun Home published in 2007.
Chapter 1 Quotes

My father could spin garbage… into gold. He could transfigure a room with the smallest offhand flourish… he was an alchemist of appearance, a savant of surface, a Daedalus of decor.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Related Symbols: The Bechdel Family Home
Page Number: 6
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Sometimes, when things were going well, I think my father actually enjoyed having a family. Or at least, the air of authenticity we lent to his exhibit. Sort of like a still life with children.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Helen Bechdel, John Bechdel, Christian Bechdel
Related Symbols: The Bechdel Family Home
Page Number: 13
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I developed a contempt for useless ornament… If anything, they obscured function. They were embellishments in the worst sense. They were lies. My father…used his skillful artifice not to make things, but to make things appear to be what they were not. That is to say, impeccable.

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Page Number: 16
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…his absence resonated retroactively, echoing back through all the time I knew him. Maybe it was the converse of the way amputees feel pain in a missing limb. He really was there all those years, a flesh-and-blood presence… But I ached as if he were already gone.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 2 Quotes

It was somewhere during those early years that I began confusing us with The Addams Family…The captions eluded me, as did the ironic reversal of suburban conformity. Here were the familiar dark, lofty ceilings, peeling wallpaper, and menacing horsehair furnishings of my own home.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bechdel Family Home
Page Number: 34
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Joan drove home with me and we arrived that evening. My little brother John and I greeted each other with ghastly, uncontrollable grins.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Joan, John Bechdel
Page Number: 46
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You would also think that a childhood spent in such close proximity to the workaday incidentals of death would be good preparation. That when someone you knew actually died, maybe you’d get to skip a phase or two of the grieving process… But in fact, all the years spent visiting gravediggers, joking with burial-vault salesmen, and teasing my brothers with crushed vials of smelling salts only made my own father’s death more incomprehensible.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 50
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Chapter 3 Quotes

My father’s death was a queer business—queer in every sense of that multivalent word…but most compellingly at the time, his death was bound up for me with the one definition conspicuously missing from our mammoth Webster’s.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 57
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I’d been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents’ tragedy… I had imagined my confession as an emancipation from my parents, but instead I was pulled back into their orbit.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 58-59
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The line that dad drew between reality and fiction was indeed a blurry one. To understand this, one had only to enter his library… And if my father liked to imagine himself as a nineteenth century aristocrat overseeing his estate from behind the leather-topped mahogany and brass second-empire desk… did that require such a leap of the imagination? Perhaps affectation can be so thoroughgoing, so authentic in its details, that it stops being pretense… and becomes, for all practical purposes, real.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Related Symbols: The Bechdel Family Home
Page Number: 59-60
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I think what was so alluring to my father about Fitzgerald’s stories was their inextricability from Fitzgerald’s life. Such a suspension of the imaginary in the real was, after all, my father’s stock in trade. And living with it took a toll on the rest of us.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 65
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I employ these allusions… not only as descriptive devices, but because my parents are most real to me in fictional terms. And perhaps my cool aesthetic distance itself does more to convey the arctic climate of our family than any particular literary comparison.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 67
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My parents met, I eventually extracted from my mother, in a performance of The Taming of the Shrew… It’s a troubling play, of course. The willful Katherine’s spirit is broken by the mercenary, domineering Petruchio… Even in those prefeminist days, my parents must have found this relationship model to be problematic. They would probably have been appalled at the suggestion that their own marriage would play out in a similar way.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 69-70
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My realization at nineteen that I was a lesbian came about in a manner consistent with my bookish upbringing. A revelation not of the flesh, but of the mind.

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Page Number: 74
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Proust would have intense, emotional friendships with fashionable women… but it was young, often straight, men with whom he fell in love. He would also fictionalize real people in his life by transposing their gender—the narrator’s lover Albertine, for example, is often read as a portrait of Proust’s beloved chauffeur/secretary, Alfred.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 94
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I sensed a chink in my family’s armor, an undefended gap in the circle of our wagons which cried out, it seemed to me, for some plain, two-fisted sinew.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 95
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In an act of prestidigitation typical of the way my father juggled his public appearance and private reality, the evidence is simultaneously hidden and revealed.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Roy
Page Number: 101
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As the man showed us around, it seemed imperative that he not know I was a girl… “John! C’mere! … Call me Albert instead of Alison.” My brother ignored me. But looking back, my stratagem strikes me as a precocious feat of Proustian transposition…

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, John Bechdel
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Our sun rose over Bald Eagle Mountain’s hazy blue flank. And it set behind the strip mine-pocked plateau… with similar perversity, the sparkling creek that coursed down from the plateau and through our town was crystal clear precisely because it was polluted… wading in this fishless creek and swooning at the salmon sky, I learned firsthand that most elemental of all ironies… that, as Wallace Stevens put it in my mom’s favorite poem, “Death is the mother of beauty.”

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 128-129
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…The most arresting thing about the tape is its evidence of both my parents at work, intent and separate… It’s childish, perhaps, to grudge them the sustenance of their creative solitude. But it was all that sustained them, and thus was all-consuming. From their example, I learned quickly to feed myself.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel, Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 133-134
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…I had to kiss each of my stuffed animals—and not just in a perfunctory way. Then I’d bring one of the three bears to bed with me, alternating nightly between mother, father, and baby… I should point out that no one had kissed me good night in years.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker)
Page Number: 137
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…How did I know that the things I was writing were absolutely, objectively true? My simple, declarative sentences began to strike me as hubristic at best, utter lies at worst. All I could speak for were my own perceptions, and perhaps not even those.

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Page Number: 141
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Chapter 6 Quotes

This juxtaposition of the last days of childhood with those of Nixon and the end of that larger, national innocence may seem trite. But it was one of many heavy-handed plot devices to befall my family during those strange, hot months.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker)
Page Number: 155
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In a photo taken a week before the play opened, she’s literally holding herself together. But in her publicity shot as Lady Bracknell, she’s a Victorian dominatrix to rival Wilde himself.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Helen Bechdel
Page Number: 164
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I had recently discovered some of Dad’s old clothes. Putting on the formal shirt with its studs and cufflinks was a nearly mystical pleasure, like finding myself fluent in a language I’d never been taught. It felt too good to actually be good.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 182
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Chapter 7 Quotes

We grew closer after I went away to college. Books—the ones assigned for my English class—continued to serve as our currency.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Page Number: 200
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It was not… a triumphal return. Home, as I had known it, was gone. Some crucial part of the structure seemed to be missing, like in dreams I would have later where termites had eaten through all the floor joists.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bechdel Family Home
Page Number: 215-216
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What if Icarus hadn’t hurtled into the sea? What if he’d inherited his father’s inventive bent? What might he have wrought? He did hurtle into the sea, of course. But in the tricky reverse narration that impels our entwined stories, he was there to catch me when I leapt.

Related Characters: Alison Bechdel (speaker), Bruce Bechdel
Related Symbols: Daedalus, Icarus, and the Minotaur
Page Number: 231-232
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Chapter 1: Old Father, Old Artificer
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The graphic memoir Fun Home starts with the adult Alison Bechdel narrating over images of her childhood. The first panel shows Alison approaching her father... (full context)
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...results from his obsession with restoring the Bechdel family’s big, old house. As a kid, Alison gets embarrassed when other kids think she’s rich or unusual in any way because of... (full context)
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Bruce salvages trash, redecorates rooms, and is obsessed with everything looking perfect. Alison calls him an “alchemist of appearance, a savant of surface, a Daedalus of decor.” Alison... (full context)
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...bought it, Bruce makes it his mission to restore the house to its former glory. Alison says Bruce’s restoration of the house could have been a romantic story, like when Jimmy... (full context)
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Like Daedalus, Bruce is indifferent to the human (or familial) cost of his projects. Alison notes how Daedalus betrayed the king of Crete by making the queen a cow disguise... (full context)
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When things are good, Alison believes Bruce enjoys having a family—or at least the image of it, as she narrates... (full context)
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Alison’s preference for the “purely functional” emerges when she’s young, in stark juxtaposition to Bruce’s love... (full context)
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Alison says that it’s tempting to view her family as a sham in retrospect, yet they... (full context)
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Alison says her embarrassment is a smaller-scale version of Bruce’s more formidable “self-loathing,” and that his... (full context)
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Although Alison is aware of Bruce’s many flaws, she can’t sustain much anger at him. Over images... (full context)
Chapter 2: A Happy Death
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Alison says that her father’s death was “his consummate artifice, his masterstroke,” because it was impossible... (full context)
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At the same time, Alison notes that before his death, the family couldn’t have perceived Bruce reading A Happy Death... (full context)
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Alison then notes that her father’s grave, the location where he died, Alison’s childhood home, and... (full context)
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...attack and Bruce had to return home to run the family business: a funeral home. Alison was born shortly after her parents returned to the U.S. After living at the funeral... (full context)
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During this time, Alison begins to confuse her family with The Addams Family. She doesn’t understand that the cartoon... (full context)
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Alison and her family called the funeral home the “Fun Home.” Alison’s Grammy lives in the... (full context)
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Alison says that though there are never any dead people in the showroom, it still always... (full context)
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As kids, Alison and her brothers would sometimes spend the night at Grammy’s. At bedtime, they would beg... (full context)
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...kitchen, where she undressed him and then put him in the oven to dry off. Alison notes that she knew her Grammy was referring to a “cook-stove,” but all she could... (full context)
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...tale endlessly compelling, begging Grammy to tell it over and over before bed. By day, Alison has difficulty imagining her father naked, helpless, or put in an oven, though Alison notes... (full context)
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Alison gave her father the scissors without emotion, and she narrates that the exchange felt to... (full context)
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When Alison drove home to Pennsylvania the night of Bruce’s death, she and her little brother John... (full context)
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Alison says it’s not that she thinks Bruce killed himself because of his existential angst—Camus’ conclusion... (full context)
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...as if we don’t know we’re going to die, “But then, he wasn’t a mortician.” Alison suspects that Bruce was all too enchanted by the idea of death. In the letters... (full context)
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Alison says that you would think a childhood spent so close to death might have enabled... (full context)
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Alison is emotionless at the funeral, her sole emotion irritation when the funeral director touches Alison’s... (full context)
Chapter 3: That Old Catastrophe
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Alison begins the chapter by narrating, over an image of the many definitions of ‘queer’ in... (full context)
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The news wasn’t received as well as Alison had hoped, and after an exchange of difficult letters with her mother, Helen eventually revealed... (full context)
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Alison says the line that Bruce drew between reality and fiction was “blurry.” One could tell... (full context)
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Part of Bruce’s routine involved mentoring his more promising high school students—and though Alison notes that the exchange was probably sexual in many cases, no matter what else was... (full context)
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...himself in various characters. Though Bruce never mentions identifying with the character of Jay Gatsby, Alison says the parallels are unavoidable. Like Gatsby, Bruce fueled his metamorphosis by utilizing the power... (full context)
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Alison believes what was so alluring to her father about Fitzgerald’s stories “was their inextricability from... (full context)
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...was “a vigorous American idealist ensnared by degenerate continental forces”—in Helen’s case, the force of Alison’s father. Alison notes that in college, Helen played the lead in The Heiress, which was... (full context)
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Alison says she uses these allusions to James and Fitzgerald not solely as descriptive devices, but... (full context)
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Eventually, Alison extracted the tale of how her parents met from Helen. During a college production of... (full context)
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Alison says that if The Taming of the Shrew foreshadowed her parents’ later marriage, Henry James’s... (full context)
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...Over an image of a passport photo taken eight years after this time in Europe, Alison narrates that Helen’s face has already gone dull. The photo was taken for a three-week... (full context)
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...is what came to pass, it wasn’t in the manner anyone in her family expected. Alison’s realization at nineteen that she was a lesbian was in keeping with her bookish upbringing... (full context)
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Though Alison was silent during the “Gay Union” meeting, she felt her attendance counted as a public... (full context)
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Back at home, Alison accidentally cut her finger with the knife, and smeared the blood into her journal, pleased... (full context)
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Soon, Alison found “an even more potent anesthetic” in the act of diving fully into her new... (full context)
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Alison says she was happy at the distraction of her sexual and political awakening, as the... (full context)
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...that “Sunday Morning” – a poem about crucifixion by Stevens – is her favorite poem. Alison comments that, in many ways, Helen understood sacrifice fully. Alison wonders if her mother liked... (full context)
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Over images of Alison asking her father for a check, Alison narrates that there is a scene in The... (full context)
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Over an image of Alison writing out that check for MAD magazine, she narrates that she’s contemplated the idea that... (full context)
Chapter 4: In The Shadow Of Young Girls In Flower
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Though Alison has suggested Bruce killed himself, it could also be argued that he accidentally died while... (full context)
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Over images of Bruce bringing Alison and her brothers on an illegal flower-stealing trip, Alison narrates that Proust describes Swann’s garden... (full context)
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Over illustrations of Helen letting Roy into the house, Alison narrates that Proust would have close friendships with women, but it was young men with... (full context)
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Alison, too, admired the masculine beauty of these young men. At an early age Alison “had... (full context)
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Though Bruce held power over her, Alison repeats that it was clear to her that her father was a “sissy.” Proust referred... (full context)
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In the only two-page single image spread of the book, Alison narrates over what are presumably her own fingers holding a photograph of Roy, the Bechdel... (full context)
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Alison notes that the negatives revealed that the dark, murky photo of Roy in the bed... (full context)
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In another memory, Helen is staying in downtown Manhattan with her friend Elly. Roy takes Alison (who is eight) and her brothers for a walk while Bruce goes up to the... (full context)
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Either way, Alison says the memory of that afternoon serves as a parallel between Alison and her parents’... (full context)
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Over images of Alison getting approached by a lesbian in a dance club and receiving a pamphlet instead of... (full context)
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Alison notes that the original title of Proust’s second volume of Remembrance of Things Past literally... (full context)
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When Alison was 10, two years after the vacation with Roy, her father started hanging out with... (full context)
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Once they got to the cabin, Alison’s brothers discovered the calendar. They were also extremely excited to see gigantic construction equipment used... (full context)
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...next day, Bruce had to go back to town for a funeral, so Bill showed Alison and her brothers how to shoot his .22 caliber gun. None of them could pull... (full context)
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Alison wonders, over an image of Bruce walking across the road with an oncoming truck approaching,... (full context)
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...translation of Proust was published, and the book was retitled In Search of Lost Time. Alison believes that what’s lost in this translation is “the complexity of loss itself.” In the... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Canary-Colored Caravan of Death
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Two nights before Bruce’s death, Alison dreamed that she was out at the family cabin with him. There was a beautiful... (full context)
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Alison’s numbness, along with all the mourning at Bruce’s funeral was making her irritable. She wondered... (full context)
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Alison wonders if Beech Creek itself exerted some kind of gravitational pull due to its topography.... (full context)
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By the time Alison was born, one could even drive right across the mountain—Interstate 80 had just been blasted... (full context)
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In this fishless creek, Alison “learned firsthand that most elemental of all ironies. That, as Wallace Stevens put it... ‘Death... (full context)
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...coloring book of E.H. Shepard’s illustrations for The Wind in the Willows. Bruce had read Alison bits of the story from the real version of the book, and Alison notes that... (full context)
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Helen’s talents were also “daunting.” Once, Alison went with Helen to a house where she argued with a man as if she... (full context)
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Alison says that it was jarring to hear Bruce speak from beyond the grave, but the... (full context)
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Alison’s real “obsessive-compulsive disorder” first surfaced when she was ten. First it involved counting, like trying... (full context)
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Every night, Alison had to kiss each of her stuffed animals before bed. Then she’d bring one of... (full context)
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...Spock’s book’s explanation that compulsions are caused by “repressed hostility” didn’t make much sense to Alison. She continued reading, searching for a more concrete answer. Over images of Helen and Bruce... (full context)
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...a small radius encircling the areas where Bruce was born, lived, died, and was buried, Alison narrates that Bruce’s life “was a solipsistic circle of self, from autodidact to autocrat to... (full context)
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The entries in Alison’s diary proceeded blandly at first. She then switched to a date book, which afforded her... (full context)
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At that point, Helen seems to have decided that giving Alison more attention might help her, so she began reading to Alison in the bath. But... (full context)
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“Things were getting fairly illegible by August,” when Alison and her brothers went with Bill and Bruce to the Bullpen in the woods. Given... (full context)
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Alison pauses her narrative to comment about how, when driving toward New York City on the... (full context)
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Alison had forgotten her father’s accent—by the time Bruce died, Alison had mostly succeeded in ridding... (full context)
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...in the car he bought after becoming disenchanted with his canary-colored caravan.” In September of Alison’s O.C.D. year, there was a bad accident on Route 150 in which three people were... (full context)
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On the Monday after the funeral, the writing in Alison’s journal shifted from her handwriting to her mother’s. For the next two months, Helen took... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Ideal Husband
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Over an image of Alison writing in her diary that her dad is going to “a psychiatrist!!” Alison narrates that,... (full context)
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...a week or two, the cicadas finished laying their eggs and died. This is when Alison got her first period, but she didn’t tell her mother, even while they practiced Helen’s... (full context)
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Alison believed there was a chance that by ignoring her period, it would go away, even... (full context)
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Over an image of the police report that Alison looked up 27 years later, Alison narrates that on Thursday at dusk, Bruce had driven... (full context)
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On the first day of July, Bruce told Alison that he had to go see a psychiatrist. Later that same day, Helen went to... (full context)
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Alison loved seeing Helen as the character of Lady Bracknell, and “in a fitting coincidence, Lady... (full context)
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...took Douglas to court for libel and lost. Over images of Helen rehearsing the play, Alison narrates that Wilde was then tried for committing indecent acts and sent to prison while... (full context)
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...the actress Lillie Langtry.” Helen was taken aback, and ran upstairs to prepare. Years later, Alison learned that The Gryglewizes once propositioned Alison’s parents for group sex, a request the Bechdels... (full context)
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When Alison was ten, she obsessed over making sure the “diary entries bore no false witness.” But... (full context)
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Alison was so certain of the indecipherability of the word “Ning” that she used it in... (full context)
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Alison mostly ignored the Watergate hearings, but she “began to take notice as the truth wormed... (full context)
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In Alison’s diary that night, she remarked upon the exchange with the same phrase she used about... (full context)
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Alison can only speculate on the exact nature of Bruce’s relations with the brothers (Mark and... (full context)
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Soon afterward, Beth Gryglewicz, Alison’s friend, tried to improve Alison’s social skills by getting her to go to a football... (full context)
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By this point, Alison’s diary had become totally unreliable. For example, in one entry she forced herself to be... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Antihero’s Journey
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Alison narrates that the weekend was gay all around, over an image of Baryshnikov at the... (full context)
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Alison narrates that she didn’t draw a conscious parallel between the musical and her own sexuality,... (full context)
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Alison is tempted to say that the story of homophobia is her father’s story. She notes... (full context)
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In Alison’s earliest memories, Bruce’s return home from work always signaled the end of playtime for Helen,... (full context)
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This feeling of closeness with her father was novel for Alison. Alison believes that both she and Bruce were starved for attention. They grew even closer... (full context)
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Alison kept trying to please her teacher with essays influenced by coaching from her father. However,... (full context)
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The next semester Alison didn’t enroll in any English classes, and swore to never take one again. But a... (full context)
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When she was home for Christmas, Alison found Bruce’s delight about Ulysses a bit off-putting. Bruce gave her the copy he read... (full context)
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Alison and Bruce did not discuss Earthly Paradise, and Alison added it to her growing stack... (full context)
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But then, Alison also had little patience for Joyce because her “own odyssey was calling.” Alison refers to... (full context)
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At the beginning of the next semester, Alison still hadn’t met with Professor Avery for her Ulysses oral exam, but she had a... (full context)
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Three weeks later, Helen told Alison about Bruce’s big secret. Though Alison was still striving to understand her own sexuality, this... (full context)
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Over an image of Alison’s face near Joan’s pelvis, Alison narrates that going toward her peers felt like the safer... (full context)
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Alison’s first trip home after coming out of the closet to her parents was not a... (full context)
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Each day of vacation, Alison went to the local college library, and though she had a paper to write for... (full context)
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At the end of the week, Bruce and Alison went to go see the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter. On the way, Alison was determined... (full context)
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But, Alison asks: which of Alison and Bruce was the father? Alison notes that she felt “distinctly... (full context)
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Alison returned to school and her relationship with Joan. A letter from Bruce followed expressing his... (full context)
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...he left a letter for his son. Bruce left no such note. After Bruce’s funeral, Alison’s life resumed its course. Grief takes many forms, she says, including the absence of grief,... (full context)
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...better than Joyce’s writing aside form Joyce’s line “and he asked me with his eyes.” Alison narrates that “In a telling mistake,” Bruce had credited “the beseeching eyes to Bloom instead... (full context)
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The front of Alison’s Modern Library Edition of Ulysses includes the decision by the judge who lifted the ban... (full context)
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Alison narrates that “erotic truth” is a sweeping concept and she shouldn’t pretend to know what... (full context)
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...the midwife, doesn’t it?” And as long as the book is being compared to children, Alison notes that it fared far better than Joyce’s actual children, one of whom went mad,... (full context)
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Over an image of an oncoming truck approaching, Alison notes that Icarus “did hurtle into the sea, of course.” But then, over an image... (full context)