Does a dream invalidate truth? What makes it any less valid? If identity, “wholeness”, and belonging are the main themes of the story, then why does the investigation of those things happening in the dream state have less value when the dream is a projection of the subconscious? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein had its beginning in a dream, which later became a ghost story. Fiction in itself is a kind of dream state, so then why do we shy away from the possibility of multiple layers to that state? Why is it a cop-out to consider that in The Patchwork Girl Mary and the Patchwork girl could be of the same consciousness? Either way, the Patchwork Girl lives.