After reading the book, I have a few questions and hope someone to enlighten me. 1. What is Hortense's motivation to come to England? 2. Is Arther a must-have character for the fiction? 3. Is Bernard a must-have character for such long length of writing. (I personally think he could be mentioned here and there, which would be quite enough.) 4. What's the point of long descriptions of characters such as Winston and Kenneth, is that necessary?