headcanon: erik’s birth was fraught with complications, and his mother was told after he was born that she would be unable to bear any more children. there is a part of her that blames him for this, and it’s part of her hatred and resentment towards him- in her eyes, he took away every chance she had at ever having a normal family, even after he was gone.
…and this is why grammar is a thing most awesome! IIRC, the Daroga and Erik “se tutoient” throughout the novel, right? I’ve always seen this as a sign that they were (or had been, anyway) quite close friends. But I might be totally wrong there :/
You’re exactly right. Erik and the Daroga se tutoient (use “tu,” the informal “you” address with each other) throughout the novel. Tutoyer is reserved for friends and equals, which indicates a level of friendship and familiarity between Erik and the Daroga, despite the significant tensions between them.