History Literature / WhenRabbitHowls

21st Apr '17 6:43:51 PM Bergamot
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* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The space where The Woman exists when the other Troops assume the consciousness, it is described as a WhiteVoidRoom of [[HappyPlace perfect, blissful peace]], completely empty of internal or external input. At one point the Troops deliberately withdraw all their memories at once, allowing the woman to experience the Void while conscious for the first time. It's so beautiful that [[UnwantedRevival she's reluctant to come back]].

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* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The space where The Woman exists when the other Troops assume the consciousness, it is described as a WhiteVoidRoom of [[HappyPlace perfect, blissful peace]], completely empty of internal or external input. At one point the Troops deliberately withdraw all their memories at once, allowing the woman to experience the Void while conscious for the first time.time while conscious. It's so beautiful that [[UnwantedRevival she's reluctant to come back]].
8th Apr '17 3:29:32 PM Bergamot
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* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded in the strangest way: partway through therapy, The Woman suddenly realizes that she has no memory of ever using the bathroom because other Troops have always handle those functions (possibly due to specific incidents of abuse related to bathrooms).
1st Mar '17 1:54:27 PM Bergamot
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* SceneryPorn: Of the saddest possible variety. As the Troops remember their horrifying childhood, they also recall how beautiful the farm really was and how happy they might have been there if things hadn't been spoiled for them. There are a few heartbreaking descriptions of bees humming amid the apple blossoms and lush winter snowscapes, in which the sense of resentment and loss is palpable.
1st Mar '17 1:42:48 PM Bergamot
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* ProductPlacement: 7-Eleven is mentioned many times, as the Troops like to go there. (They later became a legal secretary for the Southland company.) The first time the woman notices two selves (Mean Joe and Miss Wonderful) using the body at the same time, they're heading to 7-Eleven for coffee. Later, Page hopes she can get a Slurpee on the way home from a custodial visitation. Page and the Troops go to a seafood restaurant that is probably Long John Silver's although the name isn't mentioned. Both Stanley the therapist and Truddi's friend Jeannie gift the young Troops with Crayolas (only the iconic orange box is mentioned). Mean Joe likes Grey Flannel cologne. The Children like Yoo-Hoo and send the woman out in the middle of the night to get some.

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* ProductPlacement: 7-Eleven is mentioned many times, as the Troops like to go there. (They later became a legal secretary for the Southland company.) The first time the woman notices two selves (Mean Joe and Miss Wonderful) using the body at the same time, they're heading to 7-Eleven for coffee. Later, Page hopes she can get a Slurpee on the way home from a custodial visitation. Page and the Troops go to a seafood restaurant that is probably Long John Silver's although the name isn't mentioned. order chocolate chip pancakes at IHOP. Both Stanley the therapist and Truddi's friend Jeannie gift the young Troops with Crayolas (only the iconic orange yellow-and-green box is mentioned). Mean Joe likes Grey Flannel cologne. cologne, which makes the woman worry that she might sometimes "smell like a man." The Children like Yoo-Hoo and send the woman out in the middle of the night to get some.some. Lambchop loves chocolate and is seen nibbling a giant Hershey's Kiss, while other child personalities remember fondly the rich chocolate cake the mother made from the recipe on a Hershey's cocoa box.
20th Feb '17 10:32:02 AM Bergamot
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* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The space where The Woman exists when the other Troops assume the consciousness, it is described as a WhiteVoidRoom of [[HappyPlace perfect, blissful peace]], completely empty of internal or external input. At one point the Troops deliberately withdraw all their memories at once, allowing the woman to experience the Void while conscious for the first time. It's so beautiful that she's reluctant to come back.

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* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The space where The Woman exists when the other Troops assume the consciousness, it is described as a WhiteVoidRoom of [[HappyPlace perfect, blissful peace]], completely empty of internal or external input. At one point the Troops deliberately withdraw all their memories at once, allowing the woman to experience the Void while conscious for the first time. It's so beautiful that [[UnwantedRevival she's reluctant to come back.back]].
20th Feb '17 10:28:15 AM Bergamot
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* HeroicBSOD: Grace the Zombie is the literal embodiment of this, functioning as a personality who emerges in times of extreme physical or emotional stress to deal with situations in a plodding, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other manner while the other Troops adjust and recover. In spite of her "deadened" nature, Grace is very much capable of expressing emotion and preferences just as any other Troop member (as evidenced in a rather charming scene where she informs The Woman how she likes her coffee).


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* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The space where The Woman exists when the other Troops assume the consciousness, it is described as a WhiteVoidRoom of [[HappyPlace perfect, blissful peace]], completely empty of internal or external input. At one point the Troops deliberately withdraw all their memories at once, allowing the woman to experience the Void while conscious for the first time. It's so beautiful that she's reluctant to come back.
12th Jan '17 10:01:45 PM CaptEquinox
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* ProductPlacement: 7-Eleven is mentioned many times, as the Troops like to go there. (They later became a legal secretary for the Southland company.) The first time the woman notices two selves using the body at the same time, they're heading to 7-Eleven for coffee. Later, Page hopes she can get a Slurpee on the way home from a custodial visitation. Page and the Troops go to a seafood restaurant that is probably Long John Silver's although the name isn't mentioned. The Children like Yoo-Hoo and send the woman out in the middle of the night to get some.
* PuritySue: Played straight. Miss Wonderful is literally incapable of sexual thoughts and has no memory of any sexual experiences.

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* ProductPlacement: 7-Eleven is mentioned many times, as the Troops like to go there. (They later became a legal secretary for the Southland company.) The first time the woman notices two selves (Mean Joe and Miss Wonderful) using the body at the same time, they're heading to 7-Eleven for coffee. Later, Page hopes she can get a Slurpee on the way home from a custodial visitation. Page and the Troops go to a seafood restaurant that is probably Long John Silver's although the name isn't mentioned. Both Stanley the therapist and Truddi's friend Jeannie gift the young Troops with Crayolas (only the iconic orange box is mentioned). Mean Joe likes Grey Flannel cologne. The Children like Yoo-Hoo and send the woman out in the middle of the night to get some.
* PuritySue: Played straight. Miss Wonderful is literally incapable of sexual thoughts and has no memory of any sexual experiences.
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7th Jan '17 1:46:00 AM CaptEquinox
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The novel details the Troops' therapy as they begin to share their memories with each other and with the outside world in order to reveal the devastating impact of child abuse.

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The novel details the Troops' therapy as they begin to share their memories with each other and with the outside world in order to reveal the devastating impact of child abuse.
abuse. Artist Sam Greenwald created [[https://prezi.com/x8j5pnu59lhc/the-troop-formation-of-truddi-chase/ this map/family tree of the Troop Formation]] which may help the reader keep track.



* GenkiGirl: Elvira/The Outrider, a laidback sarcastic personality who loves loud music and partying. She's named for the Oak Ridge Boys song.
* GoodBadGirl: Sixteen was created to deal with the normal sexual feelings of adolescence that under the circumstances were horrifying and distasteful to the other Troops. She is described as a teenage girl with "enough sexual knowledge to run a bordello" but who also manages these feelings in a rational, normal way.

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* GenkiGirl: Elvira/The Outrider, a laidback sarcastic personality who loves loud music and partying. She's named for the Oak Ridge Boys song.
song. She is the adult mirror-image of the first of the two Olivias, who died at age three.
* GoodBadGirl: Sixteen was created to deal with the normal sexual feelings of adolescence that under the circumstances were horrifying and distasteful to the other Troops. She is described as a teenage girl with "enough sexual knowledge to run a bordello" but who also manages these feelings in a rational, normal way. Rachel is similar to Sixteen in these things.



* SharkPool: As a punishment her sadistic stepfather [[spoiler:lowers her into a well infested with snakes.]] This incident kills the second of the two Olivias, an artistically gifted little girl who manages to communicate ideas for paintings long after her death.

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* SharkPool: As a punishment her sadistic stepfather [[spoiler:lowers her into a well infested with snakes.]] This incident kills the second of the two Olivias, an artistically gifted little girl who manages to communicate ideas for paintings long after her death. Catherine is her adult mirror-image.



** Many of the personalities themselves have this sort of name: The Outrider, The Junkman, The Seventh Horseman, The Weaver, The Collector, etc. It's suggested that they each have proper names (The Outrider is Elvira), but as Black Katherine points out, giving a name gives another person some measure of power over you.

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** Many of the personalities themselves have this sort of name: The Outrider, The Junkman, The Seventh Horseman, The Weaver, The Collector, etc. It's suggested that they each have proper names (The Outrider is Elvira), Elvira, The Zombie is Grace), but as Black Katherine points out, giving a name gives another person some measure of power over you.
1st Jan '17 9:14:53 PM CaptEquinox
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* MultiGenderedSplitPersonalities: The Troops have male and female selves of different races, ranging in age from preverbal toddlers to ancient Ean. Some, like the Seventh Horseman (a woman), seem to have come from outside the original mind in "walk-in" fashion.



* TheIngenue: Twelve is a savvy twelve-year-old genius who is able to comprehend and explain the Troops' internal mechanisms, as well as being artistically and socially gifted.

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* TheIngenue: Twelve is a savvy twelve-year-old genius who is able to comprehend and explain the Troops' internal mechanisms, mechanisms in plain language, as well as being artistically and socially gifted.
30th Dec '16 2:24:00 PM CaptEquinox
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* ArcWords: "For you, there isn't any more" - the Troops often say this to the woman. "It won't be long now" -- the stepfather used to say this and the Troops regard it as a loathesome phrase.
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