She describes herself as being unloved, but it doesn't bother her because then she can focus all her affections on her adopted older brother. She never lets him out of her sight, running after him as a slave would do in Roman times to devote herself to him.
He is able to see things clearly, as though looking at a subject under a Petri dish. This may be why he is the one who becomes unhinged as the story progresses, and the reality of the war turns the tables on his ordered, Victorian world.
He engenders the least amount of sympathy as his life and his motives are about, to, and for himself. He first appears in the story returning a stolen duck to a poor woman in Washington Square.
Growing up in Victorian England in an upper-middle class household, he...
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