!!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.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[spoiler:Cassandra and Thomas lock their father up and refuse to let him out until he has started a new book.]] This is treated as pure slapstick. Several decades later, Creator/StephenKing would use the same concept [[Literature/{{Misery}} but played for horror instead]].
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: '''Jacob Wrestling'''. And how! Several plot points revolve around this.
* ValuesDissonance: While Mortmain's behaviour towards his children is mainly harmless, if pretty cold and distant, some of his actions (such as getting mad at Cassandra and pushing her into a wall) definitely don't go over as well today as they would have in the 1940s.
** On a lighter note, the Mortmain girls treat Simon as an oddity because he is a young man with a beard, and he is described as [[SheCleansUpNicely becoming markedly more handsome when he shaves it off]]. This can come off as silly in an era where beards have become a lot more fashionable even among young men.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Cassandra tries to convince herself that a sunrise symbolises her future with Simon.
* TheWoobie: Stephen
** Cassandra may also qualify