This character profile is going to be the last before Modern Persuasion is released. There will be 2 more next month, but at this point you know most of the characters in the book.
When the story starts there is something weird going on with Emma professionally. I’m not going to spoil it, but Ted has a role to play in that weirdness. When she is in Los Angeles, she spends time with Ted. If Karen is holding on to a past career, Ted is her opposite. Here are 5 things you won’t learn about him by reading Modern Persuasion.
- Ted and Karen don’t like each other. They both believe they know what’s best for Emma’s career, but neither sees that as the same thing.
- Karen is the reason he started his own publishing company in Los Angeles. When Walter retired, Ted was planning on taking over managing the Shaw’s imprint, but Karen went to war with him over it. It’s not like she wanted to run it, she claimed Ted would never let Emma run it. When our story starts, nobody from inside Walter’s circle is running the imprint his family started.
- Ted’s not trying to get revenge, he is knows Karen is hurting herself and he doesn’t need to do anything.
- When Fredrick was looking for a publisher, Ted was one of the publishers he sent the manuscript to. Ted wanted to publish it, but couldn’t compete with the other companies.
- This last one is technically mentioned in the story, but I never come back to it. Ted knew who Fredrick was to Emma well before Fredrick became famous. He is the only person Walter told about what happened at Emma’s graduation. Walter wasn’t oblivious to his middle child, but he let Karen be the one to persuade Emma that Fredrick wasn’t the right man for her.