I found this entry in Katy’s diary. I think it was written after a therapy session. Marianne is the name of Katy’s mum, I checked this with Gina who knows the family well. Martin is the name of her father. The guy who has gone awol. –
“So”, said the Jinn, “have you anything to tell me?”
Marianne knew that he knew the answer. “Well”, she said quietly, “I always found Martin a little bit dull”,
“Very good”, said the Jinn, pleased at how quickly Marianne was getting the game, he beamed at her,
Marianne felt a huge sense of relief. And a love for the hideous little goblin in front of her.
“To tell you the truth, I went through with the wedding because I was frightened. All the decent men I knew were married off already, and I’d just turned thirty-one, it was a bit of a crisis point, then Martin popped the question, and I just felt a huge sense of relief, there was my answer”.
From what Gina says, I think Marianne was a fairly typical middle-class housewife. To be really truthful – and I feel awful for saying this – I had a hard time believing some of what Katy said about her family. I spent some time trying to track down the psychiatric hospital where Katy’s mum was supposed to be housed. But I couldn’t find a Marianne Charleston. Maybe she had checked in under her maiden name. I also had trouble locating her father’s businesses. Which either means they were not real, or they were under the radar. I know for tax reasons a lot of medium sized businesses are pretty elusive. And that would fit with the pollution of trust issue.