- Mother sees Lochhead as a temporary girlfriend, mother is the main role to her son.
- 'he brings a friend' Lochhead is only seen as a friend and states there has been others before.
- 'this room/was always his' "always" give a sense of permanence, highlights the mother has always been there.
- 'once or twice he's slept there' Lochhead is one of many
- 'she can brush time off with dust
- The mother see the room as a microcosm of her relatioship with her son. Relationship will remain the same.