In this excerpt of “The Girl Who Was Plugged In”, Tiptree is describing the process of coming up with P. Burke’s new name. The word that caught my attention in the first paragraph was “always”. This word choice implies that the naming process is nothing new to Dr. Tesla. He is always dreading this part of the process. Made me wonder how many more times they had previously done this.
What also stuck out for me was the amount of people that were part of the naming process. The author points out that Dr. Tesla along with an astrologer, Joe and a semantics girl were all working on figuring out a name for P. Burke. Tiptree jumped from person to person rather quickly making it hard to stay caught up at first. Once I read it a second and third time I realized that she was referring to different people. They all had an opinion on P. Burke’s name except P. Burke. I found it interesting that they had an astrologer there, but I figure they wanted to have all their bases covered.
The fact that Tiptree used the word “gingerly” to describe how they finally decided on P. Burke’s name struck me a bit strange. The way I read this passage I thought it was a quick thing. I couldn’t imagine them being cautious and careful in picking this name. Though it does make sense that they would want to be considerate of the name they choose for her. It’s the name everyone will be saying, so I see that it is important. Having to close read this passage showed me that I missed things when I read it the first and even the second time.