A similar question of heroism is called into play in Out of This World, where Harry Beech, recalling that his father lost an arm while throwing a stray grenade out of the trenches in WWI, is also reminded that many men did the same thing without receiving a Victoria Cross: "My father was a hero. I didn't worship my father." (OoTW p.46) What Harry tries to understand about his father is the same thing Sophie tries to understand about Harry. Just what kind of a man is her father? Is he a father or a photojournalist? Where was he during her childhood? All of Swift's characters need a father figure, and Sophie finds hers in Dr. Klein, "Old enough to be my --." (p.25) When the real thing is not available to them Swift's characters make adjustments. Some are even willing to substitute television for parenting.