S: Seasons of Change
FC: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister | by: Mayan Benoit | and the Monomyth
2: The Call
3: Iris Fisher's call occurred when van den Meer came to look at the Master's paintings. Van den Meer's eye was caught on the painting of Iris. He seemed intrigued with the fact that Iris is very plain looking and that she can speak both English and Dutch. "Bring the painting, bring the child as well." said van den Meer, after accepting to buy the flower painting. "She might be of use at my household." Van den Meer thinks that Iris might solve a "domestic problem and keep his good dame happy." (Maguire 62)
4: Refusal of the Call
5: Iris refuses immediately."I don't see why I should go. I won't be paraded as a freak." she said to Caspar. Iris also physically refuses. She twisted and turned as much as she could, however Margarethe slapped her when it had become enough (Maguire 64) Margarethe called Iris an "ungrateful child" when Iris said that she wouldn't recognize a kindness if she saw one. (Maguire 64)
6: Crossing the Threshold
7: Iris crossed the threshold when she left for van den Meers house. She traveled through the city with the Master, Caspar, and the covered up painting. She literally could nturn around and go back once they started their journey. This was also one of the times in the novel, you see Iris without her mother or sister around. Which shows you that she was out of her comfort zone. Once they reached the house, Iris tried to introduce herself to Clara and hand her the pastry that her mother told to get to the kind people. (Maguire 76) Clara rejected her.
8: SUPERNATURAL AID
9: The Master was the supernatural aid. He was always there for Iris. Without the Master, Iris and her family would not have had a place to stay. Then, she wouldn't have ever met van den Meer and had the opportunity to help Clara and such. The Master also wants Iris to get involve with the arts. He tries to persuade her to start painting seriously as his apprentice. (Maguire 179) He did not have a literal a power, but I think that Iris looked at him as a father-figure.
10: Road of Trials
11: One of the trials was when Iris had to help Clara during the posing for the Master's painting of Clara. She had to guide her how to pose and such. Her task was to also teacher her things and control her. Iris was use to her posing for the Master, so I am sure it was weird to watch someone else do it. The second trial was having to adapt to living under someone else's rules. Living with the Master probably wasn't as uptight as it may have been with van den Meer and Henrika. She also had to answer to someone other than her own mother. answering to someone else who do not know very well is always hard. A third trial is when Rebekka and Henrika die. Not only does Iris have to comfort Clara. She has to deal with her mother spending less time out of the kitchen and more time "parading about the streets of Haarlem in new clothes" (Maguire 205) With Margarethe out of the kitchen, Clara begins picking up her slack.She starts wearing plain maid-like clothes, and puts away the young clothing that Henrika favored. Lastly, Margarethe ends up marrying van den Meer. Margarethe soon becomes a "monster". It seems difficult for Iris to relate to her own mother anymore.
12: The Goddess
13: I think the goddess was Clara. Clara was thought to be a changeling, so that gives her some sort of power that is different from the rest. In the beginning of the book, you could say that Iris and Clara are opposites. One having to flee her town and live off almost nothing with her mother and sister. And the next being from a wealthier family and being told "that always be there to aid me" (Maguire 151) Iris might not realize it, but she does learn from Clara. In fact both of them learn something from each other. Clara learns to clean and such. While Iris learns more about beauty. She learns the true meaning of beauty.Clara also points out Iris' and Caspars relationship which not many other people could notice. (Maguire 208)
14: Apotheosis | I think it is when Iris sneaks Clara into the Ball. She knows her mother will be very upset if she finds out at Clara attended the Ball, yet she does it anyway. She wants to see others happy. And not have to be left at home because they are more beautiful than the next girl. Iris grows confidence in herself.
15: Refusal of return | There is no refusal of return.
16: Master of Two Worlds
17: Iris became the master of two worlds when she realized that everything has beauty. It just depends on your view point. Such as when Margarethe got lost in the ideas of the paintings. Also, you can take a plain-jane girl like Iris and then surround her with pretty flowers and your view could change.
18: Works Cited | Book cover. n.d. Wikipedia. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.