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 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 and took her daughters with her. Philip sued her 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 and Philip was led away in handcuffs.




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