Way back, last summer, when I was still embarking on Mr Tumnal’s curious story, Jane pointed me in the direction of two excellent quotations, or epitaphs to my story. The first from J.K.Rowling:

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
~Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007

…and the second, of her own invention:

“And if they’re fictional, it is entirely acceptable to cheat on fictional men with other fictional men.”
~Jane Rawson, August 2009

Tonight she pointed me in the direction of another quotation that is weirdly, so very much appropriate for Mr Tumnal. This, then, from David Mitchell on tonight’s episode of QI

“Wouldn’t it be weird to discover you were related to someone fictional? You’d start to doubt your own existence.”

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