History Literature / WhenRabbitHowls

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.
30th Dec '16 1:16:15 PM CaptEquinox
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* DisabilitySuperpower: One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Chase's apparent ability to interfere with electronic devices with her mind, [[HandWave handwaved]] as the electronic feedback of many minds coming and going at once. She also allegedly displayed mild precognitive and mental domination abilities.

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* DisabilitySuperpower: One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Chase's apparent ability to interfere with electronic devices with her mind, [[HandWave handwaved]] as the electronic feedback of many minds coming and going at once. She also allegedly displayed mild precognitive and mental domination abilities. Truddi& were the model for Crazy Jane in ''ComicBook/TheDoomPatrol'', who had a different superpower for each person in her system.



* EyeColorChange: Frequently occurs when a different personality emerges.

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* EyeColorChange: Frequently occurs when a different personality emerges. The selves look taller or shorter, have a slightly rounder or thinner face, etc. depending on their posture and muscle tension/relaxation. You can see this in films of their television appearances.



* MustHaveCaffeine: Most of the Troops love coffee.

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* MustHaveCaffeine: Most of the adult Troops love coffee.coffee.



* SplitPersonalityMerge: The Troops refuse to do so. Like many multiples before and after them, they view so-called integration as murder.

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* SplitPersonalityMerge: The Troops refuse to do so. Like many multiples before and after them, they view so-called integration as murder. As the barriers between them come down, they communicate and live their best lives as a MindHive.
30th Dec '16 12:25:15 PM CaptEquinox
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From the age of two until the age of eighteen, Truddi endured [[RapeAsBackstory horrific sexual and physical abuse]] at the hands of her stepfather and her mother, finally managing to escape to the city, where she becomes a highly successful real estate mogul and a freelance commercial artist with a husband and child of her own. Yet beneath her outward normalcy, the woman who calls herself Truddi is consumed by both intense, unnamed fear and a sense of emptiness. Her explosive anger and unpredictable nature causes her husband to take their daughter and divorce Truddi. Designing and moving into her own house, she continues her work in commercial real estate, but is beset by free-floating fear, periodic blackouts, flicks of terrible memories, and extreme startle reactions from seemingly minor events. Finally, fearing the worst, she seeks help from a hypnotherapist, who discovers that Truddi is not really a person, but a "shell" created as a [[TheFace unified front]] for the ninety-two ''selves'' or personalities who present themselves through her. Together, they reveal a shocking truth: the original personality ceased to exist decades ago. The Troops are all that remain. The Troops want their story made public and insist on filming each therapy session to be shared with the psychologist's students and with abuse victims ''and perpetrators''. Knowing intellectually about the abuse is not the same as going back and reliving it in detail, and the Troops are stunned and enervated by the process of "evidencing" -- revealing themselves and the abuse memories to each other. At the same time, the S&L scandals of the Reagan administration take place, and Truddi's real estate business suffers badly. She gives up her work and goes into a period of hiding in a warehouse she owns -- what amounts to an abandoned building. By the end, she's turned this place into a home and is beginning to communicate with her selves and see them as independent persons, each with their stories to tell.

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From the age of two until the age of eighteen, Truddi endured [[RapeAsBackstory horrific sexual and physical abuse]] at the hands of her stepfather and her mother, finally managing to escape to the city, where she becomes a highly successful real estate mogul and a freelance commercial artist with a husband and child of her own. Yet beneath her outward normalcy, the woman who calls herself Truddi is consumed by both intense, unnamed fear and a sense of emptiness. Her explosive anger and unpredictable nature causes her husband to take their daughter and divorce Truddi. Designing and moving into her own house, she continues her work in commercial real estate, but is beset by free-floating fear, periodic blackouts, flicks of terrible memories, and extreme startle reactions from seemingly minor events. Finally, fearing the worst, she seeks help from a hypnotherapist, who discovers that Truddi is not really a person, but a "shell" created as a [[TheFace unified front]] for the ninety-two ''selves'' or personalities who present themselves through her. Together, they reveal a shocking truth: the original personality ceased to exist decades ago. The Troops are all that remain. The

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Troops want their story made public and insist on filming each therapy session to be shared with the psychologist's students and with abuse victims ''and perpetrators''. Knowing intellectually about the abuse is not the same as going back and reliving it in detail, and the Troops are stunned and enervated by the process of "evidencing" -- revealing themselves and the abuse memories to each other. At the same time, the S&L scandals of the Reagan administration take place, and Truddi's real estate business suffers badly. She gives up her work and goes into a period of hiding in a warehouse she owns -- what amounts to an abandoned building. By the end, she's turned this place into a home and is beginning to communicate with her selves and see them as independent persons, each with their stories to tell.



Truddi Chase et al. lived most of their life in the Washington, DC area and in Dallas. They never remarried but had a caring partner, Mr. Daniel Davis. The Troops were reunited with daughter Kari (Page in the book) who trains service animals. A lifelong heavy smoker, Truddi& died of COPD in 2010. Dedicated to preserving her mothers' memory, Kari completed editing on the Troops' second book, ''The Creature of Habit: A Journey'', and self-published it. It is lavishly illustrated by the Troops themselves.

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Truddi Chase et al. lived most of their life in the Washington, DC area and in Dallas. They never remarried but had a caring partner, Mr. Daniel Davis. The Troops were reunited with daughter Kari (Page in the book) who trains service animals. At the time the book was published, they were a legal secretary for Southland Corp., which owns 7-Eleven. A lifelong heavy smoker, Truddi& died of COPD in 2010. Dedicated to preserving her mothers' memory, Kari completed editing on the Troops' second book, ''The Creature of Habit: A Journey'', and self-published it. It is lavishly illustrated by the Troops themselves.


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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.
30th Dec '16 4:41:51 AM CaptEquinox
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* ActionGirl: Ten-Four tends to be this. Going into the commercial real estate business was her idea, although it's a team effort with Catherine, Nails (another ActionGirl) and Elvira. She uses the Troops' romantic partner Morgan by gambling and talking with him to learn how his mind works. At one point she offers to get a job as a truck driver.



* SplitPersonalityTeam: Many of the Troops have specific responsibilities. Through the course of the book they learn to communicate and work together.

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* SplitPersonalityTeam: Many of the Troops have specific responsibilities. Some, such as the real estate "team", have been cooperating without knowing it. Through the course of the book they learn to communicate and work together. The Troops also describe having more than one self "up front" (operating the body) at once, and about selves who hang around and watch what's going on from "inside" while someone else is front.


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* UnableToCry: Several Troop members can't cry. Catherine is one of them, although she sometimes experiences tears in her eyes when she's writing about the past.
30th Dec '16 4:04:22 AM CaptEquinox
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From the age of two until the age of eighteen, Truddi endured [[RapeAsBackstory horrific sexual and physical abuse]] at the hands of her stepfather and her mother, finally managing to escape to the city, where she becomes a highly successful real estate mogul and a freelance commercial artist with a husband and child of her own. Yet beneath her outward normalcy, the woman who calls herself Truddi is consumed by both intense, unnamed fear and a sense of emptiness. Her explosive anger and unpredictable nature causes her husband to take their daughter and divorce Truddi, and Truddi gives up her jobs and goes into hiding in what amounts to an abandoned building, where she is constantly aware of "voices in my head" that she assumes must be her own. Finally, fearing the worst, she seeks help from a hypnotherapist, who discovers that Truddi is not really a person, but a "shell" created as a [[TheFace unified front]] for over the ninety-eight personalities who present themselves through her. Together, they reveal a shocking truth: the original personality ceased to exist decades ago. The Troops are all that remain.

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From the age of two until the age of eighteen, Truddi endured [[RapeAsBackstory horrific sexual and physical abuse]] at the hands of her stepfather and her mother, finally managing to escape to the city, where she becomes a highly successful real estate mogul and a freelance commercial artist with a husband and child of her own. Yet beneath her outward normalcy, the woman who calls herself Truddi is consumed by both intense, unnamed fear and a sense of emptiness. Her explosive anger and unpredictable nature causes her husband to take their daughter and divorce Truddi, Truddi. Designing and Truddi gives up her jobs and goes moving into hiding in what amounts to an abandoned building, where her own house, she is constantly aware of "voices in my head" that she assumes must be continues her own. work in commercial real estate, but is beset by free-floating fear, periodic blackouts, flicks of terrible memories, and extreme startle reactions from seemingly minor events. Finally, fearing the worst, she seeks help from a hypnotherapist, who discovers that Truddi is not really a person, but a "shell" created as a [[TheFace unified front]] for over the ninety-eight ninety-two ''selves'' or personalities who present themselves through her. Together, they reveal a shocking truth: the original personality ceased to exist decades ago. The Troops are all that remain.
remain. The Troops want their story made public and insist on filming each therapy session to be shared with the psychologist's students and with abuse victims ''and perpetrators''. Knowing intellectually about the abuse is not the same as going back and reliving it in detail, and the Troops are stunned and enervated by the process of "evidencing" -- revealing themselves and the abuse memories to each other. At the same time, the S&L scandals of the Reagan administration take place, and Truddi's real estate business suffers badly. She gives up her work and goes into a period of hiding in a warehouse she owns -- what amounts to an abandoned building. By the end, she's turned this place into a home and is beginning to communicate with her selves and see them as independent persons, each with their stories to tell.



Truddi Chase et al. lived most of their life in the Washington, DC area and in Dallas. They never remarried but had a caring partner, Mr. Daniel Davis. The Troops were reunited with daughter Kari (Page in the book) who trains service animals. A lifelong heavy smoker, Truddi& died of COPD in 2010. Dedicated to preserving her mothers' memory, Kari completed editing on the Troops' second book, ''The Creature of Habit: A Journey'', and self-published it. It is lavishly illustrated by the Troops themselves.



* [[spoiler: CallingTheOldManOut: At the end of the novel, the Troops arrive ''en masse'' on the Stepfather's doorstep, in their own bodies, to deal out their revenge. Turns out it was AllJustADream, though.]]

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* [[spoiler: CallingTheOldManOut: At the end of the novel, the Troops arrive ''en masse'' on the Stepfather's doorstep, in their own bodies, to deal out their revenge. Turns out it was AllJustADream, though.]]or rather All Just A Story written by elder Troop member Ean and read lovingly to the Children.]]
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Various Troop members smoke heavily all the way through the book.



** One child manifests as an eyeless creature frozen in a block of ice. Another child presents herself to The Woman by slipping up and silently staring at her.
* DisabilitySuperpower: One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Chase's apparently ability to interfere with electronic devices with her mind, [[HandWave handwaved]] as the electronic feedback of many minds coming and going at once. She also allegedly displayed mild precognitive and mental domination abilities.

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** One child manifests as an eyeless creature frozen in a block of ice. Another child presents herself to The Woman by slipping up and silently staring at her.
her. The second of two Olivias is seen in reflections; she was hung down a well and pelted with live snakes.
** Many of these children are ''dead''. The woman experiences either their "essence" which goes on after they die, or their mirror-images.
* DisabilitySuperpower: One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Chase's apparently apparent ability to interfere with electronic devices with her mind, [[HandWave handwaved]] as the electronic feedback of many minds coming and going at once. She also allegedly displayed mild precognitive and mental domination abilities.



* FightingIrish: Eon presents himself as the reincarnation of an ancient Irish warrior and is implied to be a remnant of one of Chase's past lives. The less mystically minded interpret Eon as an internalized version of Truddi's beloved Irish grandfather.

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* FightingIrish: Eon Ean presents himself as the reincarnation of an ancient Irish warrior and is implied to be a remnant of one of Chase's past lives. The less mystically minded interpret Eon Ean as an internalized version of Truddi's beloved Irish grandfather.



* GenkiGirl: Elvira/The Outrider, a laidback sarcastic personality who loves loud music and partying.

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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.



* MentalWorld: The Troops have the Tunnel, where the many selves live and communicate. As they progress they are able to see one another as independent persons outside the shared body. This is not uncommon for multiples. As the Troops reiterate throughout the book, many things that would be considered irrational or hallucinations for a singlet are perfectly normal for multiples.
--> Stanley, I know you're comfortable telling the woman that she lives in two separate worlds, ours and reality, the latter of which I assume is your reality, too. But have you ever wondered how real your world actually is? As you sit there, you [[YourMindMakesItReal perceive things in a certain way and assume all of it is real]]. That's only natural; it's your frame of reference. But how can you be sure that [[AnotherDimension another world]] doesn't truly exist wherein your reality, as you perceive it, is just as ridiculous, or at least as strange, as you perceive ours to be?
* MustHaveCaffeine: Most of the Troops love coffee.



* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. Among the personalities is Catherine, Lady Catherine, Sister Mary Catherine, and Black Katherine.
* PapaWolf: Mean Joe.

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* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. Among the personalities is There's Catherine, Lady Catherine, Catherine Tissieu, Sister Mary Catherine, and Black Katherine.
* PapaWolf: Mean Joe. A huge black man, he's very intelligent and along with Ean helps to parent the Children. The Troops in general perceive black men as safe and nurturing. Dan Davis, the Troops' later partner, was also black.



* SharkPool: As a punishment her sadistic stepfather [[spoiler:lowers her into a well infested with snakes. The trauma of this single event finally pushes her over the edge and she begins to split off her personalities to deal with her abuse.]]

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* SharkPool: As a punishment her sadistic stepfather [[spoiler:lowers her into a well infested with snakes. The trauma ]] This incident kills the second of this single event finally pushes the two Olivias, an artistically gifted little girl who manages to communicate ideas for paintings long after her over the edge and she begins to split off her personalities to deal with her abuse.]]death.



* SplitPersonality
* SplitPersonalityMerge: The Troops refuse to do so.

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* SplitPersonality
SplitPersonality: Truddi has been multiple since the first time she was raped, at the age of ''two''.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: The Troops refuse to do so. Like many multiples before and after them, they view so-called integration as murder.



* SpellMyNameWithAThe: As the "original" personality no longer exists, and since none of the Troops will acknowledge the original child's parents as their own, all of her relatives are referred to as "the" (i.e. the stepfather; the father; the mother).
** Many of the personalities themselves have this sort of name: The Outrider, The Junkman, The Seventh Horseman, The Weaver, The Collector, etc.
* SplitPersonalityTeam: Many of the Troops have specific responsibilities.

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* SpellMyNameWithAThe: As the "original" personality no longer exists, and since none most of the Troops will not acknowledge the original child's parents as their own, all of her relatives are referred to as "the" (i.e. the stepfather; the father; the mother).
mother). Some of the Troops do say "my".
** Many of the personalities themselves have this sort of name: The Outrider, The Junkman, The Seventh Horseman, The Weaver, The Collector, etc.
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.
* SplitPersonalityTeam: Many of the Troops have specific responsibilities. Through the course of the book they learn to communicate and work together.



* TheVoiceless: Rabbit only screams in pain and horror.
* TheWatson: The police detective with whom Stanley discusses the case was created for the book as a way to discuss both therapy details and information about child abuse. He did not exist in real life.

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* TheVoiceless: Rabbit only screams in pain and horror.
horror. Toward the end of the book she begins to communicate with the others.
* TheWatson: The police detective with whom Stanley discusses the case was created for the book as a way to discuss both therapy details and information about child abuse. He did not exist in real life. Same with Dr. Marshall Fielding, who is a fictional character meant to embody all that the Troops learned about multiple personality and their own experiences being plural. These characters are so carefully detailed that some readers have mistaken them for actual persons.
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