by J.M. Coetzee
Bill Shaw is Bev's husband. Red-faced, pot-bellied, and pretty much made out to be a simple country guy with simple country ways, Bill is what we call a flat character – that is to say, he's not all that developed in terms of personality or actions. Nevertheless, what we do know about Bill is that he's there for his friends in times of need – even if some friends (we mean David) don't even realize that they were friends to begin with.