Raeburn is a science reporter, and much of what he does in this book is straightforward reporting.
“These fathers have the circuitry and the neurochemistry to behave like good fathers,” Raeburn explains.
Raeburn had three children with his first wife, all of whom were adults by the time he started his second family.
Running hard to the help of Mr. Raeburn was the youngest Britling boy, a beautiful contrast.
"The moral of it is that you must be content with your own people," said Raeburn.
They were hard at work measuring when the door bell rang, and Tom's voice was heard in the passage, asking for Raeburn.
"When will you learn to be cautious, I wonder," said Mrs. Raeburn, smiling.
Raeburn was not sitting at the table; he was in an easy chair at the other side of the room, and possibly she forgot his presence.
"Very jolly," said Raeburn, giving her a little mute caress.
"Well, now, nothing will satisfy me but a mountain," said Raeburn.