by J.M. Coetzee
We meet Ettinger, who is Lucy's neighbor, after the attack on Lucy's home. He is a "surly old man who speaks English with a marked German accent" (12.1) and who lives alone – his wife is dead and his kids have moved back to Germany. He totes a gun and suggests that Lucy and David do the same. Lucy is convinced that Ettinger will be the victim of a fatal attack some day.