History

Philip Watson is Mary Jane's father. He married his wife Madeline after college and went on to have two daughters, Gayle and Mary Jane. Philip was a college professor but also wanted to be a writer. He never had the skill to be a writer and often took his rage out on his wife and daughters. Philip kept moving from one job to the next in search of inspiration for writing but never found it. Still verbally abusive to his family, he even went so far as to smack Gayle in the face over the costs of her dancing lessons. This was the final straw for Madeline and she left him, taking their daughters with her. Philip sued Madeline for desertion and eventually severed all ties with them.[1]

Many years later, he got in touch with Gayle (now a single mom to two boys) and asked her to steal a manuscript of a novel for him, but she was caught and arrested. When Mary Jane came to help, Philip asked her to do the same thing for him. She succeeded and got him the manuscript, and he told her about his part in Gayle's arrest, which was heard by a police detective. Philip was led away in handcuffs.

After fulfilling his sentence, Philip began to live honestly writing articles for newspapers, but gave up the book he wanted to write. He later received a visit from Mary Jane, wanting a reconciliation. When she saw the photo of her mother at Philip's desk, she questioned why he had such a photo. Philip claimed that he was never proud to have abandoned his family, always loved Madeleine, never had a day of his life when he did not regret the wrong he had done, and that if he could, he would like to undo it. After this, Mary Jane could finally forgive her father and express the desire to start a new relationship with him.

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  • Philip is apparently a well-educated professor and an experienced newspaper journalist. He has some experience as a writer, but apparently never managed to publish a successful work.

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A fiery temper

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