I have written more than 50 short stories and four novels with Emily as the point of view character. Her family and the Stevens appear in only a few. I keep an extensive list of characteristic for everyone. Because some appear so infrequently, I have to refer to it often. I’m not sure how Emily’s father slipped through. He started out as Arthur, but then when I wasn’t looking, he changed his name to Albert. This would not do, too close to another character who seemed satisfied with his name: Alfred Cox.
I didn’t have any need to argue with Arthur/Albert, since he wasn’t going to appear in print any time soon, so I left him with whatever name he preferred. That is no longer an option. I have compiled a collection of Emily short stories and have a nibble from a publisher. The issue of this name must be settled NOW.
Papa Lothrop appears in the first two stories. Edits on the first story went smoothly, but then in story two, suddenly and unexpectedly, there is Elbert. I suspect Elbert will be the final choice. In real life Elbert is the father of Arthur (my paternal grandpa). It is also a more uncommon name than most of my characters have found for themselves.
Please, sir, be satisfied with this name.