1.4 Reaction Lead

A reaction lead is when a character thinks or reflects on something. It is also called an internal dialogue lead. The character’s thoughts may provide important information about her/him (the character) or the introduction of the conflict. The example of Myla Goldberg’s Going for the Orange Julius has a little dialogue too, but it is all from the point of view of young Carrie, the narrator.

It’s not only about looking good. If you’re just looking good, you’ll probably be able to get a cone or a soft pretzel, but definitely not an Orange Julius.

“Carrie,” Grandma says to me as we walk into the mall, “are you feeling like a lady? The ceiling of the mall when you first walk in has mirrors onit, so you can look up and see yourself and whoever you’re with. 

“Yeah, Grandma,” I say back. “I’m feeling like a lady.”

Then we both look up at the ceiling so we can see each other and Grandma says,

“Well, here we are, two ladies going out to see the world.”

Grandma only wears real gold and keeps her cigarettes in a genuine leather cigarette pack holder. She always wears dresses and panty hose and heels high enough to show she’s got class and low enough to show she’s no tramp. Whe we go out in her Caddy she lets me sit in front, which is one of the things I don’t tell Mom. Grandma never wears a seat belt, but she always makes me wear one, which I pretend bothers me but which I don’t really mind. With Grandma it’s air-conditioning and no open windows because a lady must always look her best. At stoplights, Grandma turns to the car next to her and gives her best smile. Mom says it’s the cigarettes that make Grandma’s teeth yellow.

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