Is it surprising that Hawley doesn't take well to parenting?
I don't think it is all that surprising. Hawley isn't a guy with a track record of good decisions, and the baby was kind of out of the blue. Yes, he should have known a baby was a possibility, but I don't think Hawley is capable of forseeing the consequence of his actions, at least not at this point. It also doesn't seem that he has experience being around infants, so his behavior is not really surprising.
_ Do Lily's comments about Hawley seem accurate? Do Lily and Hawley seem capable enough for parenting together, and strengthening their marriage? Are there too many secrets to overcome?_
I think Lily's comments were true. Whether or not Hawley actually liked being the bad guy, he certainly found it easier to be the bad guy, and I think he liked the 'power' of the bad guy. At this point, I don't think either of them have the necessary parenting skills, but that doesn't mean they couldn't. I do wonder though, if Lily had survived, would the marriage have survived, or would Lily have eventually become like her mother, realizing the guy she married was not a good guy, and left him.
_ Why do you think Talbot gave Hawley a choice between saving Lily or Loo? Did Hawley make the right decision when faced with this impossible choice?_
I think Hawley made the only choice that he could. Choosing Lily at least gave them the chance to all survive. (And maybe they would have if Lily had not tried to swim across the lake, but instead have found another way to rescue Loo.) If Hawley had chosen Loo, there would not be a chance that Loo could rescue Lily.
Why does Loo return the car to her grandmother? How do Loo's thoughts about the car differ from Hawley's?
I think Loo wanted to get answers from her grandmother that she thought she couldn't get from Hawley. She needed to know why her grandmother blamed Hawley for Lily's death. But I think to Loo, it was just a car that happened to be owned by her mother, without a lot of sentimental attachment. To Hawley, the car was an extension of Lily.
_ Do you think it was helpful to Loo to hear the story of Lily's death, finally, directly from Hawley?_
Absolutely! I think until Hawley told her the story, she was not going to get over suspecting him of murdering her mother. It helped her understand that while her father held himself responsible for her death, he did not actually kill her.
Where do you think the $450,000 has come from? Do you see a side of Jove that hasn't been shown before, in this part of the story?
I don't really know where the money came from. Some crime, perhaps one Jove was involved in. Jove seems a little more likable. He's always cared about Hawley, but he seemed to also care about Loo.
_ Hawley has his list, while he's in Wyoming. Is there a different feel to Hawley's conduct now?_
I think so. At this point he is definitely not just blundering into situations that seem beyond his control, but has actively decided to commit murder. But I guess I could take the point of view that at this point, things are beyond his control — that there are people he knows will come to hurt his daughter and he needs to do whatever it takes to to protect her. But to me, this is a real turning point in how I see Hawley.
_ Did Hawley make the right choice in leaving Loo with Mabel?_
I think he made the only choice he could. He couldn't really drag a baby around while he works his way through his list knocking people off. The only other possibility I can see at that point is for him to take Loo and keep running, hoping know one catches up with him.
Why did Marshall shoot his own house?
When I read this part, it made perfect sense to me, but it doesn't make at much sense now. I think he shot the house, knowing it would draw publicity, and it worked temporarily, but I don't think he thought it through. Eventually the police will ID the bullet and find out it was him. In that respect, he is not much different than Loo and the petition signatures. But his 'he had to fix it and he will keep fixing it until it's done' statement also made me think of Hawley — the way he got himself and his little family into danger all those years ago and had to keep 'fixing it' until it is done.
Can you see a way out of this life for Loo? Is she strong enough to forge a different path? Is Loo clear-headed, or confused by all the events and information she's experienced and learned?
Well, I think she is strong enough if she chooses to go that route, but she is also confused. She loves her dad but is obviously learning about the side of him she never knew. And she is confused by her feelings for Marshall. She obviously cares for him, but she doesn't approve of his actions. Marshall is a good guy, but their relationship may be similar to that of Hawley and Lily. Lily loved Hawley very much, but she didn't like the way he was living his life.
And I again have to wonder what would have happened had she lived. Would Hawley have found a way to change his life and be the husband and father Lily and Loo deserved? Or would Lily have eventually left him.
Does Marshall sound like/remind you of anyone else in trying to be accountable for the lost petition.
Hawley (I mentioned it above)