Emily and Richard met at Yale. Richard was engaged to someone his family approved of, while Emily was the other woman. Richard broke his engagement to be with Emily. Maybe Rory and Logan are Emily and Richard, not Lorelei and Christopher.
After she knows Rory is okay, she goes and lays into Luke, who doesn’t even know if Jess is okay at that point. Luke did absolutely nothing to deserve that. And even after Jess leaves, she still blames him even after Rory repeatedly says it wasn’t his fault. Lorelei and Rory are supposed to have this bond where they believe each other and have each other’s back, but she just dismisses Rory because she has her own prejudice against Jess.
Could you sort the characters of Gilmore Girls, if you've watched it? (My thoughts: Lorelai's a Gryffindor secondary, Rory maybe a Gryffindor/Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw and Emily & Richard Gilmore just ooze Slytherin)
Ooh yes. We’ve been going through Gilmore Girls recently and have a lot of opinions about these sortings. Inky’s watched the whole thing, but not since she was a kid, and Kat’s only watched up to the end of season 2, so we’re going to be coming at it from that angle.
Here we go.
Yes, Ravenclaw secondary Rory all the way. Ravenclaw Primary, too, we think. Rory is an idealist House amid a bunch of eager loyalists who love her—almost all of Star’s Hollow is either a Slytherin or Hufflepuff Primary. Rory is young and still in the process of building her impermeable system—until the disastrous later seasons (shhh Kat don’t look, spoilers), Rory’s never really had to measure her internal system up against any hard choices. She hasn’t built herself for robustness, just pleasantness, so she shatters before she’s able to find her way. It’s very much a Ravenclaw’s journey, not a Gryffindor’s. She doesn’t have the inner spark of a young Gryffindor, but a young Ravenclaw’s curious empiricism and trying on the lifestyle hats of all the people around her.
Rory’s got two levels on top of that Ravenclaw/Ravenclaw core—a Slytherin model she uses to understand her mother, to persuade others, and sometimes to manipulate; and a Hufflepuff model or performance she adores living in, bright with kindness and service. While Rory often looks and acts Puff, it’s still something that she finds easy to take on and off. She sometimes forgets about it entirely if she’s distracted.
Rory’s an idealist surrounded by loyalists who adore her. It makes her used to a level of dedication and thoughtless sacrifice that is really not normal—she takes unwitting advantage of it, often. But just as often, her loyalists, who generally assume that Rory (with her effective Slytherin and Hufflepuff models) is a loyalist as well, are placing demands and expectations on Rory that she can’t meet and never promised them in the first place. It’s at the core of her and Dean’s issues. He’s a Slytherin Primary/Ravenclaw Secondary who’s wholeheartedly given her his loyalty and is hurt/flabbergasted/betrayed that she can’t or won’t return that same kind of love. We haven’t reached Logan yet in our viewing (shhh Kat, don’t look, SPOILERS), but he’s a loyalist, too, either a damaged Hufflepuff or a (also damaged) Slytherin.
Richard Gilmore, who kicks Christopher’s father out of his house when he insults Lorelei, who collects Rory, is a Slytherclaw like Dean. (Dean and Richard’s conversation/confrontation about the car Dean built for Rory was a hilarious Slytherclaw battle to the death: no look I love her more BECAUSE I WANT HER TO HAVE BETTER AIRBAGS. IT’S LOGICAL).
Hufflepuff Primaries Luke and Emily have also circled Rory into their communities—Rory does better with the Puffs who have adopted her than the Slytherins who have collected her, possibly because her Puff model is a lot more universally useful than her Slytherin model. She has a hard time understanding Slytherins, what they mean, want, or need. This is partly because what Rory tends to be modeling is the Slytherin secondary, not the primary—she’s using the quick wit, the adaptability, and (yes) the manipulation of the secondary, not the overt loyalties of the primary.
The exception for this is her mother. In most circumstances, Rory has a very good model of her mother’s Slytherin Primary and can and does make effective predictions and decisions off of it. Rory uses her Slytherin model to barter with and comprehend her mother—but her Slytherin model is specifically of Lorelei and confounds folk like Dean, who expect Ravenclaw Rory to know how to handle them when she doesn’t.
Lorelei is a Slytherin Primary. We see where you’re getting Gryffindor secondary for her, but we actually think that she’s a Slytherin Secondary who lives in her neutral state a lot. Lorelei enjoys playing social maneuvering and performing lively, jaunty Hufflepuff too much to really be a forthright Gryffindor Secondary. Lorelei is so often playing levels and personas that aren’t her; and that kind of subterfuge delights her where it would make a Gryffindor Secondary feel rather unclean. Lorelei just spends a lot of time in her neutral state—this is where a Slytherin Secondary lives when they don’t need or want to be playing games or putting up facades. The neutral state often has the bluntness of a Gryffindor Secondary, but it doesn’t have the charge.
Lorelei loves using her Slytherin Secondary at her job and in her social teasing and flirting. It’s an adaptable, clever presence that soothes customers, entertains, rolls with obstacles and banters with quick and gleeful improvisation. In her social life, Lorelei bounces between her refreshing neutral state bluntness and her playful Slytherin Secondary. She very very rarely uses the Slytherin Secondary for serious matters—it’s a thing for play and delight. When she needs to get something in a relationship, she almost always falls down to her neutral state and deals with things with head-on bluntness. She seems to think that using her secondary to get her way with other people in non-frivolous ways is wrong and abusive—probably because when her mother does it, it is.
Lorelei stays completely in her neutral state whenever she interacts with Emily Gilmore. Her mother, a Hufflepuff Primary who just wants her family to function beautifully, uses her ruthless and manipulative Slytherin Secondary to get her way. Lorelei doesn’t want to play her games. In her mother’s presence, the secondary that is Lorelei’s delight in Star’s Hollow becomes distasteful to her. She pushes through Emily’s manipulations and pettiness with the blunt refusal of her neutral state. Rory, who can really only model her mom’s Slytherin, has no idea Emily is anything other than a friendly, generous Puff.
Luke is the grumpiest Puff/Puff we’ve ever seen. He growls but brings hot drinks to reenactors in a snow storm, calling them stupid all the while. He takes Jess in without a second’s hesitation and does his honest best. He argues with Lorelei and shows up to fix her house when it breaks. If people need him, he will be there and the way he will help them is with a Puff Secondary’s hard work and service—and his own special Luke Danes style of grumble.
Hufflepuff Primary and Slytherin Primary relationships can lead to issues—Slytherins who feel abandoned, Puffs who feel smothered; moral issues as Slytherins come to think their Puffs lack loyalty and devotion, and as Puff’s come to think their Slytherins lack decency and respect for people outside their inner circle. But Lorelei and Luke’s set up is promising because 1) Lorelei is a particularly self-possessed Slytherin, unlike, say, young and insecure Dean and 2) because the community Luke loves best and the space Lorelei has calmly and firmly decided is hers is the same quirky Star’s Hollow. Lorelei is claiming and possessive where Luke is supportive and serving, but those desires are very compatible when they’re in love with the same space.
Jess, Luke’s nephew, is the only one of Rory’s boys who isn’t a loyalist. This is refreshing in between Dean and Logan’s dragon-puppy attempts to possess someone who doesn’t want that kind of love or know how to return it. Jess is a Ravenclaw Primary with a Slytherin Secondary—very handy, as Rory finds Slytherin Secondaries comforting. Slytherin Secondaries have a particular skill for making the world fit their needs, and most of the Slytherin Secondaries Rory has known have been in love with her. Jess is just one more in a long line.
Sookie is a Slytherpuff—the Hufflepuff Secondary is super loud, yeah, but her Slytherin Primary is definitely there. At her sore, Sookie bonds to individuals, not groups, and values people based on who she loves most, not on who needs her most. Under all her fluffy Puff she is ambitious, healthily selfish, and sometimes even callous. Jackson is Hufflepuff/Gryffindor. She thinks he’s cute.
Paris tries really really hard to have a Slytherin Secondary, but she’s just a Ravenclaw Secondary with a Slytherin model (and… arguably not a very good one. She should give it up and get more sleep). As well as her model, Paris has a slightly paranoid expectation that everyone around her has a Slytherin Secondary that they’re using against her—it’s why she reacts so badly to Rory initially. It’s also why it’s very smart that Rory almost never uses her Slytherin model on Paris—they bond in their Ravenclaw, and once Paris learns to trust that, it makes them solid allies.