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Abuse

The book was about Glen’s ever-escalating sexual attraction to Bone. Though he abuses Bone, there is no indication in the story that he ever abuses Reese. There is no real discussion as to why she attracts his unwanted attention. While Bone feels there is something “off” about Glen from the start, the real abuse doesn’t start until the night that Anney’s son is born. While she is in the delivery room, Glen uses Bone to relieve his sexual tension. From that point on, he finds reasons to touch her, criticize her, and beat her when he needs to feel better about himself.

The players have different reactions to the abuse. Anney ignores it. She is convinced that Glen loves Bone, and that he wouldn’t really hurt her. When the hurt is undeniable, she thinks it is an accident or that Bone has driven him...

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