[LMB] Points that simmer to the surface....

Sharon Micenko wembleyware at gmail.com
Mon May 14 02:27:21 BST 2018

The only thing he could really do differently is introduce him along the lines of ‘our family’s oldest friend, Simon” being a bit vague about family. Or he could say ‘Simon Illyan needs no introduction,’ or something similar.
> On 14 May 2018, at 9:20 am, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Wandering through a few semi-rereads the other day, looking for a
> reference I couldn't find, and I ran across the bit where Ivan is made
> to feel bad about introducing his '...um...stepfather....'
> Ok, so just how is he supposed to introduce him? Alys and Simon
> haven't married, so Simon ISN'T his stepfather. They haven't even
> made any official reveal about their relationship, and technically
> Simon doesn't live with Alys, he has his own place even though he
> never seems to be there. 'This is my mother's lover.... boyfriend...
> gentleman friend....?' Actually terming him 'stepfather' even with
> an um before it is pretty generous, it's recognising Simon in some
> way being related to Ivan, not just being a connection of Alys's.
> The whole family have a happy hobby of making Ivan look and feel
> foolish, and inadequate. Really he's amazingly strong to get through
> all that and find his own centre - which he managed a long time before
> Miles did.
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