Jeff is Brian's father. He comes across as an upstanding, although rough-hewn fellow who raised his two sons after their mother abandoned the family. Later, however, it becomes evident that for years he lied in contending that his wife never made contact or asked to see the boys. In fact, she had written repeatedly, pleading to see her sons, and Jeff had never told them. This revelation at the end of the novella is the last in a series of betrayals Brian has endured throughout the book.