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The parents in this new family are what Henry perceives to be 'beatniks' as the wife paints and the husband has a beard and no job. In short, they go against every way of life that Henry has ever put stock in and you know that he believes his feelings about the couple are completely justified by the troubles that ultimately befall them.
In the self-editing your novel course that I completed earlier this year, we learnt about putting characters into action to show what they feel and think - and through the action of telling the Marston's story, Henry reveals a lot about himself without ever realising he is doing it. It's when I read writing like this that I wonder if I have a chance in hell of ever being anywhere near this good, but it makes me want to work even harder to try and get there.