[Originally posted at Ana Mardoll's Ramblings.]
[Bella initially describes her mother in terms of difference from herself, description by difference made me think of Douglas Adams*, and that got me imagining if instead of choosing herself as a starting point, she had chosen a lobster.]
"What is your mother like?" he asked me suddenly.
"She is almost wholly unlike a lobster. She is much larger than a lobster, she has a notable lack of claws, her eyes are not on stalks and her nose is not a sharp stabby looking point. Her exterior is the color of flesh rather than exoskeleton. It is likewise quite soft. The long fur that sprouts from her head is entirely unlobsterlike in all possible ways.
"She does not spend a majority of her time under water and does not do lobstery things. She is, as I said, almost wholly unlike a lobster."
[* Specifically the space ship that didn't look like a lobster in the short story Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, but "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't," from the first book is another good example of the sort of description by difference he does. Both are a part of this volume, which I recommend if you don't already have them.]