So why are all the female characters so alike? Why are they all drawn as harridans? The three main female characters, Nora, Ivy and Pearl are largely interchangeable, like old post-card images of Blackpool boarding house landladies. They shout and harangue the men and given vent to their feelings of superiority over the male sex. The dialogue is brilliantly done, but where is the contrast between the principle female characters that exits between the three old men?
There’s a lesson here for fiction writers. It’s not just your main characters that have to be well drawn… don’t forget the supporting characters.