A mature man in his 50s, admittedly handsome and intelligent. As a childhood classmate of Violet, he desired her from the time he was 5 years old. She has neither desired, nor seen him – except for a horrid experience that is tied forever to the shame on her sixteenth birthday.
Right now in the story writing: Edward is reminded of a crime that he was unable to prevent. He is pulled between job and Violet's re-appearance in the small town of Hartingheim.
The scene opens with him finding her on the side of the entry to her childhood home.
And for the first time, Violet notices Edward.