Today we are going to discuss the relationships between the characters in this book. Iris is friends with Pearl and the Rainbows (spoiler: until Suze finds out that Iris was lying about her father being in World War 2). This first question is for Pearl and Iris’ friendship. What would you do if you found out you friend was a Private Investigator (or helping one). For the Rainbows, there are poems written about what you would have done if you found out your friend was lying to you about something very important. Here are our responses to this prompt:
Julia: If I found out that my friend was a private investigator, I would be mad at first that she didn’t tell me earlier. I would feel used and be hurt that I was lied to. After I got over being mad about it, I would probably try and help her like Pearl helped Iris. It sounds like fun to help her and it would just be helping a friend.
Like a blow to the head, Or a slap in the face, I am hurt.
It hurts so much, The empty feeling inside. Once she was trusted, But betrayed me now.
Like a shot to the heart, I am wounded. To scared to trust, To furious to function, I fight with no words.
She tries to apologize, But I say nothing. To hurt for words, To hurt to forgive. We both hurt, But it’s no use. I cannot forgive a lie.
Margaret: If I was Pearl, I don’t think I could do this for Iris. I would feel like I had been used, and lied to. I would also feel like she wasn’t really my friend. She wouldn’t stand up for me if she was given the choice, she would sacrifice my friendship to keep discovering new details in her investigation. If I was Pearl I would have seen how uncaring of a friend Iris was, and instead of waiting for her to choose someone else over me, I would have walked away.
my father’s in World War 2
like a match dropped
to start a wildfire
I was kind
sweet like sugar
feeling so bad for her
she never really liked me
or my friends
we were just information
in easy access
too dumb to figure it out
and when she says sorry
I don’t hear a sound
is an empty word
and how do I know she isn’t lying again
so I can never forgive the girl
who painted over our rainbow
so you’re sorry are you,
Who do you think Iris’ lies hurt the most?
~Julia and Margaret