Study Guide

Fallen Memory and Dreams

By Lauren Kate

Memory and Dreams

Prologue
Daniel Grigori

"Warm milk with a spoonful of treacle," he murmured sadly, his back still to her. Then he added sadly, "It helps you sleep." (Prologue. 17)

How does Daniel know this? Oh, yeah—he remembers it from one (or several) of Luce's past lives. Does Luce pick up on this? Nah. She wouldn't be a YA heroine if she did.

Lucinda (Luce) Price

"I'm having the strangest sensation," she whispered.

No—was it already too late?

Her eyes narrowed into the shape in his sketch and she came back to him, her lips parted expectantly. "Tell me I'm mad, but I swear I've been right here before…"

So it was too late. He looked up, shivering, and could feel the dark descending. (Prologue.35-37)

From this interaction, it's clear that this is a tipping point for Daniel. Every time Luce says this to him, it must put his guard up, because it's a signal that she might disappear at any moment. That really puts a damper on an otherwise uneventful evening, doesn't it?

Chapter 1

He leaned up against the building with his arms crossed lightly over his chest. And for a split second, Luce saw a flashing image of herself folded into those arms. She shook her head, but the vision stayed so clear that she almost took off toward him.

No, that was crazy. Right? Even at a school full of crazies, Luce was well aware that this instinct was insane. She didn't even know him. (1.174-175)

In this lifetime, we see that the draw Luce feels for Daniel is immediate and undeniable, and that's perhaps because her memories from her past lives are strong and unwavering—so much so that she can't believe she can have such a strong reaction to seeing someone for the first time. Does that explain love at first sight?

Chapter 3

As she watched the light movement of his body as he sketched, Luce's insides felt like they were burning, like she'd swallowed something hot. She couldn't figure out why, against all reason, she had this wild premonition that Daniel was drawing her…

Then it hit her. The dream she'd had the night before. The briefest flash of it came back to her all of a sudden. In the dream, it had been late at night—damp and chilly, and she'd been dressed in something long and flowing. She leaned up against a curtained window in an unfamiliar room. The only other person there was a man…or a boy—she never got the chance to see his face. He was sketching her likeness on a thick pad of paper. (3.49-51)

Here we see Luce's dreams intertwine with her memory, all triggered by her proximity to Daniel. Interestingly, we get to see this scene from Daniel's perspective before we see it from Luce's. That doubles the impact when Luce experiences it for the first time, because we know without a doubt that it actually happened.

Chapter 4
Lucinda (Luce) Price

"Um," she hedged, racking her brain for a sensible lie. Finding nothing. She racked her knuckles.
Daniel cupped his hand over hers. "I hate it when you do that." (4.90-91)

Although Daniel does his best to hide how much he knows about Luce, he sometimes lets his knowledge of her slip out without meaning to. It must be really hard for him to pretend that he doesn't know her, especially when he's known her for hundreds of years.

Her eyes just happened to fall on Daniel, who was working. He was very diligently using a wire brush to scrub some mold off the bronze inscription on a tomb. He'd even pushed up the sleeves of his sweater, and Luce could see his muscles straining as he went at it. She sighed, and—she couldn't help it—leaned her elbow against the stone angel to watch him.

He's always been such a hard worker.

Luce quickly shook her head. Where had that thought come from? She had no idea what it meant. And yet, she had been the one who'd thought it. (4.78-80)

In another instance when Luce's memory runs away from her, she has a thought about Daniel that, if she didn't already know him, she wouldn't know. The fact that this occurrence takes even Luce off guard indicates that she has no idea why she thought it. But we do, of course, and watching Luce go through the discovery on her own—with Daniel's help, sort of—is as interesting as it is heartbreaking.

Chapter 6
Daniel Grigori

"Did you win?"

Luce laughed a sad, self-effacing laugh and shook her head. "Far from it."

Daniel pursed his lips. "But you were always…"

"I was always what?"

"I mean, you look like you might be a good swimmer," He shrugged. "That's all." (6.79-83)

So Daniel's memories of Luce are even more all-encompassing than he lets on, but all of his thoughts are self-censored because he knows Luce incredibly well yet can't tell her that. He feels he is forced to push her away.

Chapter 8
Lucinda (Luce) Price

"I can't get it out of my head," she said, rolling over on her side to face him. She didn't feel steady enough to sit up yet. "This feeling that I know you. That I've known you for a while."[…]
"Haven't we been through this already?" His tone had changed, like he was trying to laugh her off…"I'm flattered that you feel like we have this connection, really. But you don't have to invent some forgotten history to get a guy to pay attention to you." (8.133-134)

At this point, Luce's nagging memories are coming to a head, and instead of telling her the truth, Daniel shuts her down. Again, we know why he's doing it, but that doesn't mean it's not frustrating as heck to watch them do this dance in circles all the time.

Chapter 11

Daniel had carried her? As in…his arms around her body? The dream rushed back and the sensation of flying—no, of floating—overwhelmed her. She felt to tethered down to her bed…Her face grew hot, first with desire, then with the agonizing impossibility of any of that ever happening while she was awake. Those glorious, blinding wings were the only fantastical things about that dream. The real-life Daniel would only carry her to the nurse's station. He would never want her, never take her in his arms, not like that. (11.90)

Luce is an expert at throwing pity parties, and here is one of her best ones. The dream of flying with Daniel the night before, of seeing him with wings, of having him kiss her, is nothing more than a fantastical image her mind created for her. Or is it? Dun, dun, dun

[Randy] had a bouquet of wild white peonies in her hand. Strange. They were Luce's favorites. And it was so hard to find them in bloom around here. (11.103)

A small detail here, but context clues tell us that Randy has collected these flowers from Daniel, who was standing outside the hospital door while he waited to find out if Luce was okay. Remembering her favorite flower is definitely a sign that he cares about her—and that he knows this detail not from present-day Luce, but from a past Luce.