This is an analogy of the lives of Dawson and Amanda. It shows how Amanda's life is a mixture of good and bad things. The vanilla represents all of the good things in Amanda's life while the chocolate represents all of the bad things. On the other hand, Dawson's life is like a game of shoots and ladders. He will work hard and go up the "ladder" just to have an obstacle in the way to take him down the "slide".