- ‘Early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive’. He seems embarrassed and awkward from the very beginning, ‘Eric suddenly guffaws’, and is unable to explain why.
- We discover that he has had a drinking problem for two years.
- He supports Sheila in her shock towards her parents, ‘Why shouldn’t they try for higher wages?’ He too feels guilty and frustration in his part in her ‘death’, ‘Oh - my God! - how…