Special Sub-Topic: Alice in Rapture, Sort of
|Who is Alice's boyfriend?|
Patrick. Lester is Alice's brother. Mark goes with Pamela during the summer, Tom with Elizabeth, and Patrick with Alice.
|What did Elizabeth's Aunt Betsy say girls in her day used, to show how often they'd been kissed?|
Paperclips. Aunt Betsy said that the girls put paperclips on the necklines of their blouses and the hems of their skits, so that when they sat down, it made a scraping noise.
|What item of clothing, according to Aunt Sally, is acceptable to give a boy as a present?|
Belt. Aunt Sally says that a girl shouldn't give a boy any article of clothing that touches the skin directly. A belt is acceptable because it's worn outside the pants and doesn't make contact with his underpants.
|What does Tom give Elizabeth when he asks her to go with him?|
His ID bracelet. Elizabeth calls Alice late one night to tell her that Tom officially asked her to go with him. According to her, he squeezed Elizabeth's hand and put the bracelet on for her.
|What sport does Pamela say that boys use as a secret code about their girlfriends?|
Baseball. Pamela insists that boys will pretend they're talking about baseball, but each base has meaning on how far he went with his girlfriend. Before she can tell Alice and Elizabeth what "home" means, squeamish Elizabeth interrupts and won't let her finish.
|What happens to Jimmy Benton when Patrick comes over while Alice is babysitting him?|
He chokes on a grape. Patrick and Alice are messing around, seeing if Patrick can catch flying grapes in his mouth, and not paying attention to Jimmy when suddenly his face is blue and a grape is stuck in his throat. Luckily, Patrick knew the Heimlich and saved Jimmy with it.
|Who does the beach house belong to?|
Janice Sherman. Alice's father's employee, Janice Sherman, offers their family a free week at her beach house in Ocean City when nobody books it. Alice invites Pamela and Elizabeth to come along.
|When Lester joins everybody else at the beach house, who does he bring along as a surprise for Alice?|
Patrick. Lester comes for one night, since he has to work the rest of the week. When his girlfriend, Crystal, can't make it, he decides to bring along Patrick.
|Why do Elizabeth and Tom break up?|
Tom's going with somebody else. Just like when they got together, Elizabeth calls Alice late one night to tell her that Tom dumped her for another girl, somebody from his school.
|Where does Patrick take Alice for dinner?|
The country club his parents are members of. Patrick invites Alice to the country club. She enlists Aunt Sally's help, but it turns out not to be all that helpful. She is amazed by how fancy everything is.
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