“Running around trying to protect me”

RORY: I’ll get over it.
LANE: Well, you’re not over it yet.
RORY: Maybe I’d get over it a little quicker if everyone weren’t so busy running around trying to protect me from all the bad scary things in the world.

During her fight with Lane, Rory puts her finger on the great tragedy of her life. Everyone does everything they can to protect her, to mollycoddle her, and to reassure her she’s wonderful, without ever thinking that this could stunt her emotional growth.

Throughout the series, Rory will demonstrate again and again that she could have done with a little toughening up, as she tends to fall apart the second she’s faced with reality.

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