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What does Jordan means when she says, "And I like large parties. They're so intimate....

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woodstock | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2009 at 1:05 AM via web

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What does Jordan means when she says, "And I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy"?

What does it reveal about her character?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 16, 2009 at 5:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Although it sounds paradoxical, Jordan's statement does, in fact, make perfect sense!

Think about it this way--if you are in a room full of 100 people, and you are speaking to someone next to you, chances are that no one else in the room is listening in to your conversation--they can't! There would be too much noise and commotion and far too many distractions.

However, if you are at a small gathering of say 15 people, the chance that ALL guests are involved in conversation on one topic increases. Also, if you are engaged in a one-on-one conversation at this smaller party, the odds are greater that someone will overhear what's being said or that someone will come to your table and try to join in the conversation.

So, when Jordan says large parties are intimate, she means that large parties offer the opportunity for discussions in smaller groups that will not be overheard by all, whereas at a small party, everyone is aware of what everyone else is saying.

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lousara | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM (Answer #2)

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It's easier to get away unnoticed in a large crowd and spend time alone with someone than it would be if you were with a small group (everyone would notice you were gone right away).

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