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“Not all who wander are lost.”
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“Not all who wander are lost.”
Carmen describes the pants she bought at a thrift shop:
blue jeans, just the right color and stiffness. She didn’t even
try them on. Carmen tells us where she and her three best friends
are spending the summer. Carmen will be in South Carolina with her
father. Lena will be in Greece with her grandparents. Tibby will
stay home in Bethesda, Maryland. Bridget will be at soccer camp
in Baja California, Mexico. The girls have never before spent a
The girls were friends even before they were born. Their
mothers became friends in an aerobics class for pregnant women.
They let the babies play together once they were born, but the mothers
soon stopped being friends. Carmen thinks their mothers didn’t—and don’t—make
friendship a priority, and she says that the mothers are uncomfortable
around one another, especially since Bridget’s mother died a few
Carmen says that she and her friends are the most important
people in one another’s lives, and that the Pants represent their
vow to stay close. She says she almost threw the pants away before
she knew the truth about them.
The Prologue is told in the first-person point of view,
from Carmen’s perspective, which suggests that Carmen is the leader
of her group of friends. The first-person point of view is the “I”
point of view, as though the narrator is a character in the story
and is telling that story directly to readers. The first-person
point of view uses the first-person pronouns, including I, me, my, our,
and we. In the Prologue, Carmen introduces us to
her group of friends and sets up the premise of the novel: This
is the first summer the friends have ever spent apart. They will
be on their own, in very different places, and a pair of pants will
help them stay connected. The rest of the novel isn’t from Carmen’s
perspective. We learn how each of the girls will spend her summer,
what each girl thinks, and what each girl feels. Carmen doesn’t
get any more attention than any of the other girls. However, the
fact that she is the one whose voice we hear first suggests that
she holds a special position in the group, that she has the authority
to introduce the girls’ stories. At one point, Carmen admits that
she is the one who “cares the most,” so it makes sense that she
is the one to introduce the story. She is the one who holds the
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