I’m beginning to think that Cassandra Clare has no sense of time and distance. First off, Clary hasn’t eaten in three and half days, and you expect me to believe that she’s just now realizing that she’s hungry. I mean I could understand if she was under attack all day, and forget to eat due to the constant rush of adrenaline. However, Clary had to time to realize that she was hungry when she on the subway back in Chapter 6. I mean, Clary had the time to have a fit jealously over other girls checking out Jace. Yet, you mean to tell me that she didn’t have time to realize that she was hungry?
Another instance of Clare forgetting about time, is during this first part of this chapter where Dorothea (who supposedly be non-magical, but more on that later) makes a perfectly cut cucumber sandwiches and fresh earl gray tea at the speed of light. Now, admittedly there might be a perfectly logical explanation for this. Dorothea might already had made the tea and sandwiches for her own lunch before Jace and Clary got to the apartment building. However, if this was the case, Clare should have just written that outright. Without the explanation, Clare makes it seems that Dorothea has some type of super speed.
Another issue I had with this whole scene was the nonsensical dimensions of the apartments. Dorothea says she has a parlor where she entertains guests. So where exactly are Jace and Clary standing? I mean if they were just standing in the foyer, why would Clary be so surprised that Dorothea has a parlor? The context of that scene made it seem that Jace and Clary were standing in the living room.
And if that is the case, then the whole dimensions of Dorothea apartment makes literally zero sense in the real world. There is no way in hell an apartment in a supposedly low income neighborhood in New York City has a room for not only a living room, but a parlor. This happens to be another nail in the whole “Clary comes from a low-income background’ bullshit that Clare has been trying to push throughout the book.
Also in this chapter Dorothea reveals that the apartment is a in fact a supernatural sanctuary for Wayward Downworlders, and they actually pay her very well to live there. This makes Dorothea pretending that Luke was the superintendent , when she was in fact the superintendent completely ridiculous. Apparently, the building had been her adopted mother’s, and then control over those protections was passed on to Dorothea when her mother (who was an immortal witch) moved on.
Again, if there are other residents staying there, especially when a good majority of the residents are in fact Downworlders (which remember Valentine wants to commit Genocide on) then why didn’t The Forsaken didn’t attack them?
So in conclusion, everything about this apartment building and Dorothea herself is making less and less sense the further we get into book. I”m actually more convinced now more than ever before that Clare should have cut her out the book.