The Man Child
Eric's parents are celebrating Jamie's birthday.
It is Jamie's thirty-fourth birthday and he is at Eric's parents' to celebrate. Eric's father upbraids him for being alone, with no wife or children, only a dog and his mother. Then Eric and his father go for a walk, during which Eric learns that all the land around him is his, thanks to his father's self-discipline; Jamie, on the other hand, has lost his. Back at the house, Jamie blows the candles.
Later, after Eric's mother had a miscarriage with a baby the couple had imagined calling either Sophie or Jamie, Eric goes for a walk and runs into Jamie. The latter takes him into a barn and strangles him, whilst his mother is singing in the kitchen.
- Eric - eight years old, blonde.
- Father - He is thirty-two years old.
- Mother - pregnant
- Sophie - Eric's would-be little sister, buried in the church courtyard
- Jamie - a neighbour who goes to a local bar, The Rafters, with Eric's father every night. His wife left him and Eric's father bought back his land. He is thirty-four years old.
- father-son relationships
- white masculinity
- white paternity
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