I love questions! I checked my email via the ipod way too late last night and found Nina’s comment with questions. How tough was it to not hop out of bed to answer? Very! So now I get to finally answer, now that animals are fed and the laundry is drying!
As an overall answer, oop. This sort of thing is what happens when a writer knows everything about the characters. It’s also why I’ve hired a fantastic editor from now on to catch the “I know YOU know, but how are we to know?” things.
1) David was so honest, why didn’t he tell Jane of Susan’s visits? Or her texts and e-mails? Did he cheat on Jane that’s why he didn’t tell her?
This one gave me something to think about in the telling people for their own good department. Susan’s behavior was predictable and ineffective despite her best efforts to seduce him. Ew, right? Outright telling Jane would have hurt her for no reason, and he really should have come clean, because when asked, he couldn’t just lie to her.
2) Why does her mom and sister hate her so much?
There is a clue in the dinner conversation and a deeper meaning I probably could have explored. Susan and Jane were twins, as you know, and at Easter we learn the twin part was very unexpected. Maybe their mom was thrilled with both girls, but the work of twins wore her down and she blamed Jane for everything. She made a handy scapegoat. Plus, with Jane trying to prove herself all her life gave them the idea that Jane thinks she’d better than us and the resentment turned to hate. It’s a funny thing, and the deeper meaning is when you like someone, you tend to think they can do no wrong. When you dislike someone, you tend to think they can do no right.
3) Why the heck was David with Susan at the coffee shop? Seems like they were too chummy to me. Didn’t he hate her???? She’s scum, married to his best friend and Pregnant! Hello!
Alan has a way of pushing off his responsibilities, and Susan is one of them. If I didn’t already have a story for The Very Worst Man, I’d totally use his behavior as the plot device. At any rate, Dave is a bit of a pushover at times, which Alan knows and uses to his own advantage. In the coffee shop scene, Dave had a “Fine. Let’s get this over with,” attitude on helping Susan, grabbing some coffee, and just being done. The problem is it’s in Jane’s point of view, so we can’t know his thoughts until later and by then he’s preoccupied with why Jane isn’t at the baby shower. That makes it handy for conflict, but doesn’t answer the question of “What the heck were you thinking!?” earlier.
Does that help? Fingers crossed that it does and by all means, ask me more questions if you have any! 😀