!!This book provides examples of:
* AbusiveParent: Mortmain is portrayed as a neglectful father with severe anger issues. He threatens his wife with a knife, constantly neglecting his children and even striking Cassandra later on in the book, the father comes off as this.
** I can't tell if it was a ValuesDissonance or just TrueArtIsAngsty that his behavior was tolerated for the most part, even encouraged because apparently he needed to have a nasty temper in order to write.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Rose could either be a ruthless GoldDigger or a pitiable character with no options who wants to help her family survive.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: '''Jacob Wrestling'''. And how! Several plot points revolve around this.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Cassandra tries to convince herself that a sunrise symbolises her future with Simon.
* TheWoobie: Stephen
** Cassandra may also qualify