Those of you still with me, recall that yesterday we touched on Father O’Malley. By some miracle, or curse – you decide, a woman who’s first name is Talitha is another major character in the same story. Although I did name her after someone who I met in real life, they are not alike. As previously mentioned every fictional character I create either shows up whole or is created from combinations of at least 4 other people put together.
Talitha is a middle class woman who was taught to not do servants work at home – that is their job; how are they supposed to get paid or feel in control if you go and disrupt the system by doing their work? She was not from the lower middle class like clerics and school teachers and most managers that people from the lower income part of population – which is the majority of the population, are likely to meet. Somehow her parents had more.
When she grew up, all she wanted to do was stay or regain the same level as her parents had provided her with during her childhood. She tried a variety of methods, most of which are not disclosed during the novel. She found something that worked for her. Unfortunately, it was not legal. Unfortunately for the general public, but perhaps fortunately or unfortunately for Talitha, it did not bother her that it was illegal. Through that means, reminiscent of the dodgier (English slang for not necessarily legitimate) of the Cat Woman from the comic books, Talitha is somehow quite able to maintain her middle class lifestyle.
At some point in her life, which is also not disclosed during the novel, Talitha becomes an occultist. Most people aren’t and should not be for reasons that will not be explained. By the time the story starts, she has had over a decade of involvement with the mysterious occult. It is in fact, through this shared interest that she met another of the main characters long before the story of the novel ever took place.
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An Adventure in Indianapolis or The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead: Talitha enjoyed her time with the occult order. She felt it was a good as the women’s neighborhood luncheon. Everyone has their ways of socializing; it isn’t always easy for people to find what will really work, but most people are socially competent but not extraordinary.
Like most people she did not seem to ‘fit in evenly’ with everyone else. Also like most people, she preferred to associate with those who she felt liked her the most and who she favored. She did spend time with people she did not like, but when she did, she was sinister.
No one at either the Women’s Neighborhood Luncheon nor at the Occult Order had any idea that she was a professional burglar. She had been a fan of Cat Woman and Harley Quinn from TV and comic books during her youth, well – also beyond her youth. She told them that she taught or worked as a secretary, both of which answers she knew were very 20th century women’s working roles safe, pat answers. Most of the time, in those environments, no one really cared.
Over the months and even years she paid attention to who lied when and why. To the Women’s Neighborhood Luncheon she told them that she lived off of the support from her wealthy ex-husband. It was true that she had an ex-husband with whom she had had a couple of children. She did not have custody. It made sense to the other women and so she used it. Most of them did not have to work. That was just the kind of neighborhood she lived in: married women more likely to visit the spa and the race track than the types at work or out there doing massive amounts of charity work and turning into garden variety saints – no one notices except that everyone loves them because they are so awesome: not at the Women’s Neighborhood Luncheon in Talitha’s very middle class neighborhood.
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