In Banking on Dreams, the garage sale happened during the day time while Lisa, the protagonist, was awake. During the next chapter of this novel, during the night, Lisa had a dream about an auction. This dream of hers incorporated some of the content from her real visit to the garage sale into the events of the chapter titled “An Auction.” The labyrinth of hedges that is referenced in the garage and the auction chapters of this novel also appeared in one of Petit’s dreams, but the labyrinth was in a different dream from her garage-sale dream.
The following excerpt is from page 169 in a daytime reality chapter of Banking on Dreams (“A Garage Sale”):
Lisa didn’t really find anything that she wanted, so she went back to join her father,
who was holding onto a pair of hedge clippers.
Lisa asked her father, “Are you buying those?”
He responded by raising the clippers up high enough so that Lisa could see them. “Look
at these blades. I know I won’t need them in November, but in the spring they’ll come in handy.”
Her father’s neighbor commented, “Yeah, the branches on your hedges, Nelson, turn around
on themselves. They’re like plant labyrinths.”
Lisa’s father smiled, raised the clippers, and said, “You’re right, Bob. They’re like labyrinths,
but these clippers will trim them nicely.”
Bob asked Lisa’s father, “Are you going to the auction tomorrow night?”
“What auction is this?” Lisa asked. (Petit 169)
When Lisa falls asleep that night, the labyrinth of hedges also appears in one of her dreams. This dream is depicted in the next chapter of Banking on Dreams: “An Auction.” In addition to an auction, this chapter has a scene that takes place in a labyrinth of hedges. Here is a short section from this scene:
“Where do you think you’re going?” the suspect asked.
Mike glared and then responded, “Out of this labyrinth.”
The suspect took a step toward Mike before saying, “There’s no way out.”
“How do you know that?” Mike asked.
“I’ve been trying to escape for ages. The hedges just keep on growing.” (Petit 186)
Petit, Karen. Banking on Dreams. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, 2012. Print.