I'm having trouble forming answers to this week's questions. I'm not so good with symbolism. So I'm just going to cherry pick questions to answer, and make a random observation or two.
Do you think Loo seeing Marshall in the water, but thinking it’s Lily for a moment, is foreshadowing? Or is this something else?
Again, I'm not good at symbolism, and I'm not good at foreshadowing either. I DO think it is significant, but I'm not sure how. My first thought was that Marshall and Lily are somehow related, but that really doesn't make sense. I'll be interested to see what the tie-in really is!
Did you know that the woman in the diner was Lily as soon as she walked in the door? Why do you think Tinti held off identifying Lily until the very end of that chapter?
I can't say I knew it immediately. Every time a woman appears I've wondered if it was Lily! But I was pretty convinced it was Lily when she started sharing her milkshake with Hawley.
How would you describe the relationship between Loo and Marshall now?
I don't think we can know at this point. We don't know if Marshall is angry that Loo got him into this, or if Loo resents the fact that Marshall didn't come to her defense. Even if we did, I think that is something they could overcome. But her dad threw him against a wall out of anger, and his mom revealed that the kids weren't innocent buddies. The conflict with the parents might be a little harder to put behind them!
Do you believe the kids are right in forging the replacement petition? Is Marshall justified in his fear of telling Mary about what happened to the original petition?
I don't think forgery is right. I don't know if his fear of Mary is justified. We haven't been given any reason to think Marshall would be in physical danger. I think they would have been better just collecting the signatures again, but that would have taken time — time they were obviously enjoying together.
Why do you think Mabel reported the firebird as stolen?
I'm not sure. I think she enjoyed her short time with her granddaughter and hoped to have more of those times. Perhaps she is disappointed that Loo has not returned the car, giving Mabel the opportunity to interact with her again. It may be her anger over being denied that opportunity that led to her calling it in, or it may be a hope that Loo will come back to her. She had to know the car wasn't stolen, but that Loo had it,
What is Hawley thinking when he take Lily to steal the car(s) from the impound lot?
That is hard to say. At one level, it is his wife's car, and he wants it because of his memories of her and the connection it will give him to her. So he probably wasn't thinking beyond that when he impulsively took Loo with him to steal cars. But really — WHAT was he THINKING getting his daughter started in a life of crime? I want to think of Hawley as a good father who puts his daughter first. And he does seems to love her and protective of her. But he seems to be possesive, too, particulary of Lily and memories involving her, and carries over to his behavior towards his daughter.
I thought the enjoyment that Hawley got in Ch7 when he punched the other guy seemed very much like Loo when she gets the metallic taste right before she attacks. Both have anger management issues. What else will they have in common? Is Loo set to follow the same criminal path that Hawley followed?