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Last Updated on August 5, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 513

Don’t take peace for granted, he’d said to her often. It can shatter like glass. (Spoken by Ellie)

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Police officer Ellie Cates recalls the words of her Uncle Joe, who had once been the police chief in their small town. Ellie has just received a command over the radio to cautiously approach Sealth Park. Ellie thinks this is the most exciting call she has ever received while on the force. Ellie’s internal reflections serve as foreshadowing for the shocking discovery of Alice.

One of the fundamental truths of psychiatry was that sometimes you had to leave a patient who needed you. (Spoken by Julia)

Psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is attempting to learn more about the young girl she found in the woods, who she calls Alice. Cates is in the process of establishing trust between herself and Alice. Cates has to leave the room briefly, knowing that Alice will be distressed by her absence. There is a point in which speech can only go so far; Cates has already assured Alice that she will return, and this is a means of teaching Alice to trust her.

When you climb, you risk your life. When I love, I risk my heart. All or nothing. (Spoken by Julia)

Julia speaks to Dr. Max Cerrasin after an emotionally intense press conference on Alice. Earlier in the conversation, they had both jumped to conclusions about each other; then, they briefly open up to each other about love in a profound way. The sexual tension between Julia and Max is evident and leaves a lasting effect on both characters.

Soon there would be no audience for any of this. The pressure of that knowledge was building in Julia, filling her lungs like a slow-growing case of pneumonia. (Spoken by Julia)

As the media frenzy subsides after Alice’s initial discovery, the young girl becomes increasingly important in Julia’s life. After three weeks of therapy, Alice can eat...

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