This idea, of including the professor in the story somehow and even to her, came to me literally in the last moments before I shipped the story to you. I don’t know where it came from, but it was as last-minute indulgence, an effort to connect with him somehow. I guess I am fascinated about the idea of weaving real people and historical characters into fiction. This is important because I want to force the idea of “real” and “fiction” as both constructs. This, again, is personal and intellectual. I have another chapter written in which I make up an outcome for a historical character and weave that back in. Again, high level of difficulty and probably difficult to pull off for the best technician.