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Where the Heart Is - Lexi's Kid's Name
In the book Where the Heart Is, Lexi Coop has 4 children. The names of them appear to be Brummett, Cherry, Praline, and Baby Ruth. All of Lexi's children are named after snack foods. Later into the book, passing out the part where her children and her are sexually and physically abused by a child molester, Lexi and Novalee are discussing what will become of the children and how the man has scarred her children. From then on, in the book, Praline's name is chandge from Praline to Pauline. I've checked this one out many times. The author, Billie Letts or the publisher missed this one.
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blahblahblah writes:
Praline is a nickname; her real name is Pauline. She isn't called Pauline until after the molestation incident, after which Brummett is also only called by his real name, and not Brownie. Lexi mentions somewhere in the book that Brownie got his nickname because that's what she craved during her pregnancy. It makes sense that Lexi would give her kids names that were close to the names of the foods, then just use the foods as nicknames. The idea is that the two kids have lost their innocence, and they don't want to be known by their "little-kid" names anymore.
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The MI Gang writes:
No, that's wrong. Brummet specifically tells Novalee not to call Praline by that name anymore, because she's not a baby now. Praline was Lexie's nickname for her, but her real name was Pauline the whole time, just as Brummet was called Brownie before Rodger ually assaulted them.
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