What touches me about Saul is the way he’s both complex and simple. His view of the world, and of people, is freighted with an enormous depth of experience. And yet, his caring is so uncomplicated by self-interest that he receives others with a beautiful simplicity. I’m especially thinking of his interaction with the Russian prostitute in part 3 of the story. He seems almost a naive innocent there, and this (apparent) innocence is played for laughs. (I agree with Flyss – it’s very funny!) But the very next scene with the gangsters shows that in fact Saul is anything but innocent. This mixture of qualities develops throughout the piece, and I look forward to your reaction when you see more.
It’s also interesting to think how unlike Oxadrenals Saul is, even though this is a story filtered entirely through Oxadrenals’ mind. — Kate