John and Lorraine first met on the bus on the way to school. He sat down next to her which made her at first feel uncomfortable. He almost immediately began laughing, so she thought he was making fun of her. His laughter was contagious because she started laughing too and the two of them laughed together uncontrollably. Though they are very different, John and Lorraine are able to remain good friends because they can keep each other laughing and can feel comfortable being silly around each other. This laughter is a nice antidote to cure the pain they respectively feel from their dysfunctional families.