Early in this section, we are introduced to Ileana as a girl who came up and signed Ari’s cast. Throughout the rest of the section we see Ari start to show signs of liking this girl. He tries to find her at school, thinks about her quite often (she even becomes part of his routine), begins to dream about her, and even ends up kissing her at a party. However, these dreams follow the pattern of most of Ari’s dreams, they’re not happy dreams. He has the same type of dream multiple times as well. He is driving his truck and turns to see Ileana in the street during the rain, he looks but is too late and ends up hitting Dante with his truck. There are two things this brings to mind: the accident as well as how having Ileana in the car and hitting Dante relate. He did not start having these dreams of hitting/hurting Dante until he started to become attracted to Ileana. To me, this shows that (for whatever reason) he is associating his attraction to Ileana with hurting Dante. He is subconsciously thinking that maybe him being with this girl would be a problem for his “friend.” This shows his underlying care and concern for Dante. It also shows that he has an inkling that Dante may like him as well as him possibly feeling an attraction, beyond friendship, to Dante because he is feeling so bad.
Do you agree that these dreams are a foreshadowing of something we already expect?
Is it fair for Ileana to have done what she did to Ari? Do you think he cared about her as much as he does for Dante?