The trouble about renting a room in someone’s house is that you never know what you have let yourself in for. Edward didn’t know what he had let himself in for when he rented a room in Mrs King’s house.
All went well for the first few weeks, but then Edward found himself in a very difficult situation; he had lost his job and was behind in the rent. He was facing being shown the door and having nowhere to go unless he was prepared to go along with Mrs King’s idea to help her daughter.
Despite his reluctance, Edward felt he had no choice; he had to do what Mrs King wanted him to do even though what she was proposing was something that Simon felt was to be the most humiliating thing for him to experience. It was to change his life for ever.