One of the most peculiar aspects of Kind One that I have seen thus far is the way in which characters are addressed. In the beginning, we have a family of three, none of whom are given names, only relations: my wife, my daughter. Though we do not learn much about these characters as people, or their roles in the novel the absence of their names was enough to jar me when I got to Ginny’s narration – while being only a few pages in, it almost seemed out of place that she had a means of identifying herself beyond her relation to people and things.
More interesting, however, is the way she relates herself to her husband and his “girls” (whose roles are not explicitly defined; are they his children? Servants? Former mistresses, even? Ginny notes that she is only a few years older than they are). Cleome and Zinnia are named from the get-go only by first name, while Linus Lancaster upholds his surname every time he is mentioned. It seems to me as though Ginny talks about him so formally because the two had never formed a genuine bond, whereas the girls grew attached to her and she to them. My biggest question for now, beyond who the people in the introductory pages are, is why Ginny originally went by Sue, why it was that her “own old name had not come to [her] when [she] was asked (31)”. I assume it has to do with her identity, the fact that who she was when she lived with her parents was not the same as who she became following her marriage to Linus Lancaster, but, if that were true, part of me wonders why the old name should would still be upheld to an extent.