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by J.M. Coetzee


Character Analysis

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.