In the book The Lovely Bones, how does Alice Sebold describe the charm bracelet that Susie wore?How would you draw it?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To put it bluntly, Alice Sebold absolutely nails the description here.  She even puts it in the context of the grotesque Mr. Harvey, allowing the two to directly complement each other. 

If your assignment is to draw Susie's bracelet, Sebold gives you a perfect starting point: a gold bracelet (most likely a gold chain with links large enough to hold charms) with keystone engraved with the initials S. S., a ballet slipper (obviously indicating Susie's past interest in dance), the golden thimble (homage to Susie's very favorite Monopoly piece), and the working little gold bike. 

Let's further explore this (as well as the connection with Harvey) through the actual text of the novel.  Probably the best description can be found on pages 53 and 54:

[Harvey] fingered it, the fleshy pad of his index finger finding the smooth gold metal of the Pennsylvania keystone, the back fo the ballet slipper, the tiny hole of the miniscule thimble, and the spokes of the bicycle with the wheels that worked. (53)

[Harvey] liked the Pennsylvania keystone, which my father had had engraved with my initials--my favorite was the tiny bike--and he pulled it off and placed it in his pocket.  He threw the bracelet, with its remaining charms, into the soon-to-be man-made lake. (54)

It is important to note here, that there are significant differences between the bracelet in the novel and the bracelet in the movie.  Gold vs. silver, for example.  I find it ironic that the charm Harvey chooses to save is the Pennsylvania keystone, . . . and NOT the house (seemingly nonexistant in this description) that is so critical in the movie, . . . with Harvey fingering that house while thinking of Susie.

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