Ariadne very quickly figures out how to mentally shift and rebuild dream reality once Cobb introduces her to the concept; she starts changing the environment around them and building it while she is still learning about it, showing her natural tendency to analyze, deconstruct, and reconstruct information, branching out into variations of how things could be. She also instantly starts piecing together the truth about Cobb—what he is hiding in the sublevels of his conscious mind, his reasons for keeping those things secret from his companions; “if you know the maze,” she reasons, “then [your wife] knows it,” and will come after them. She has to learn to slow her reconstructions down and plant only what is useful in the dream world to them. He trusts her to build sub-levels. When it seems like they are lost, it’s Ariadne who suggests that they could wake themselves up in every level of the dream at once through the sensation of falling, thus jolting them back into the real world all at the same time. She warns him that it’s dangerous not to tell his friends about his malevolent projection of his wife, who could cause them trouble, because she sees the big picture. She draws heavily at first on things she knows, and is surprised when Cobb tells her not to recreate things from her own life experiences, because it can cause the subconscious mind to sense that this is not real and turn against you. Ariadne is pleasant on an emotional level, and wants to do what is best for Cobb; she doesn’t intend to leave him behind, but is also willing to keep his secrets for him, once she has analyzed him and made deliberate choices in his dream state to find out what they are. She doesn’t want to leave him behind in limbo.

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Ariadne is investigative and self-trusting, confident that she can create whatever they want her to create, and so curious about the dream world that even though it is a dangerous thing to do, she returns to it because she sees it as an exciting new challenge, a way to remain “separate” from the world but accomplish something real in it (planting an idea in someone’s head). She asks a lot of questions and proposes a lot of creative, whacky solutions to their problems, but also has a sense of group-focus and is cautious about Cobb. She doesn’t fully trust him, she worries about the danger his manifestations pose to the group and their mission, but is loyal enough as his new friend not to tell the others the truth even when it would serve them well.