Clothing plays an important part in our lives and in those of the characters we’re reading about. Faulkner describes how Alicia feels about Chloe’s clothes:
“But I still think it’s important that I dress her the way I would dress a daughter of average intelligence.”
And how Thomas’s clothes make him appear as “other”: “floppy orange bucket hat, green Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirt with big armholes, plaid orange and purple shorts.” Pp. 158-159
It appears that Alicia and Margaret choose all of their children’s clothes for them. Should they; or should Chloe and Thomas be allowed to pick their own clothes, even if they make them stand out as different?