So it turns out that first thought that’s a person has when they first enter the portal determines the destination of the portal. Now, I wouldn’t have any problem with that normally, because it kind of makes sense. However as we get more information about the portal throughout this chapter, the theory behind it starts to unravel. Now I can’t find the quote, and believe me I looked all through out the PDF, and still couldn’t find it, but there’s a quote that states that Luke was the person that came through the portal before Clary and Jace. So Luke was the one to determine the definition of the portal.
This completely contradicts what Cassandra Clare has written earlier in this chapter. Why would Luke thoughts override Clary’s thoughts, and thus sending Clary and Jace to Luke’s house? And speaking of the portal I want to talk about Jocelyn for a quick moment.
The theory behind the portal makes Jocelyn’s actions in Chapter 3, looks even more fucking ridiculous in hindsight. If the person’s thoughts determine the destination of the portal, then it made no sense for her to stay at the apartment building when the Ravener attacked her. Jocelyn could have just went into the portal, thought of a safe place to go to, and then call her daughter and told her to meet her there. But instead of showing any common sense, Jocelyn just waits there for Clary and gets attacked and kidnapped by Valentine’s minions.