Stepdaughter and stepson, Coomy
and Jal, accept his money but refuse to shoulder the responsibility of caring for him; they fail to see that by stubbornly resisting their mandates he is trying to control himself and his environs, and, ultimately, they cannot seem to forgive him for betraying their mother.
When he is injured in a fall, his resentful stepdaughter Coomy
uses his injury as a lever to deposit him on his own daughter Roxana, and her hard-pressed family.
Suffering from Parkinson's disease, he is grudgingly cared for by his middle-aged, unmarried stepdaughter Coomy and stepson Jal, in a spacious apartment in the ironically named Chateau Felicity.
Though Coomy taxes him with "ruin," to more sympathetic observers, his has been a tragic life.
Soon exhausted by that labor, Coomy contrives to transfer him to the Chenoys' overcrowded flat.
This tragic linkage created festering resentment in Coomy, whose revolt against caring for him in old age thrusts him as a burden upon the hard-pressed Chenoy family.
He lives with his stepson and stepdaughter, Jal and Coomy
, who connive to send him to his daughter, Roxana's, small apartment when caring for him becomes too stressful for them.