Wasn't Mr Atherton in HGD another PTSD-esque sufferer?
I think traditionally it's been more likely for mothers to be sick
because that can be romantic (within the genre!), and it's OK for a
woman to be ill on a couch, but men (even when they're absent father
types) have to be manly and well and capable of supporting their
families. I think when fathers are ill in books it uually follows that
the family is in financial crisis because the man of the house can't
support them - isn't that why Gwen has to go back home in MT?
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