From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Mr. Connor is Ruth's dad. Although not a major figure, he contributes to the building motif. Near the end of the story, Samuel learns that the old Victorian house he and Lindsey found is owned by Mr. Connor. Conner has just opened a renovation company, and he hires Samuel to work for him.