2017-09-11, 04:59 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: Gunnerkrigg Court 7: Psychopomp and Circumstance
It seems that Anthony has greatly pulled back his abuse. Annie's still living in the weird giant dorm room thing, but otherwise he seems to be about as hands-off now as he was before he showed up. He's given back Reynard, she's got plenty of freedom. It seems like she's suffering some consequences for cheating (Held back a grade, put under careful scrutiny with her homework), but that's not unreasonable.
Originally Posted by Ellen
Which isn't to say that Anthony isn't a terrible father who heaped horrible emotional and mental abuse upon his daughter, because that is VERY much the case.
We've actually gotten a pretty good picture of Anthony Carver. He keeps his emotions bottled up, he rarely talks, and he doesn't really feel comfortable dealing with anybody outside a very specific group of people, but to them he's a normal, if somewhat reserved, guy.
His biggest problem is that he, apparently, cannot deal with strong emotions. His wife died, and so he abandoned his daughter and wandered the globe searching for an answer. When he saw his daughter again, he couldn't handle that, and his instinct was apparently to publicly shame and humiliate her. It doesn't seem like he's ever really been comfortable interacting with Annie, and that hasn't changed since he returned.
The whole whisky chapter with Kat's dad was supposed to demonstrate that, around people he's comfortable with, he's pretty normal guy, albeit one with extremely unhealthy coping mechanisms. I guess the point of this chapter is to show us what Surma (And by extension I guess everybody else) saw in him.