The characters in the stories by Wells Tower always surprise me with the roles they play. I feel like a lot of the time I expect the characters to play an equal part or to be as equally developed, or I expect to have an equal insight into all of them. I sometimes feel like there is more of a hierarchy in Wells Tower’s characters. In this story I expected the daughter, Charlotte, to play a larger role, especially with her involvement early in the story. I feel like she was a bit forgotten about, and I wanted to know more about her, just like I wanted to know more about Lucy in “Executors of Important Energies,” although we got a lot more insight into her than we did Charlotte. It’s like they’re lurking throughout the story and are almost more interesting than the characters that take up the most room in the climax. I believed the voice of Albert — old, cranky, seeming a little bit naive — although I am not sure naive is the correct word to use. However, there was that detachment from the present day that each generation goes through when a new one comes along. I found that even though the mystery in the story surrounded Carol, I was hardly as interested in her as I was in putting my finger on exactly what made Albert so genuine or why Charlotte was the way she was.
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