Babel A4: Family and identity
It strikes me that Robin is very isolated and lonely. His family died in the start, his father denies their relationship and pretty much ignores him, his half-brother is a fugitive, and we know very little about his friends at Oxford. Why do you think this is? Is it an expression of the fracturing and oppression of empire? Is it Kuang's way of giving us an outsider's view of Britain?
Why is Robin male? Why that privilege? Is it so he can pass as a white man? Will that be important?
Griffin is there, I think, to show what Robin could become if he were just a bit less useful to the Empire. Do you think it's important that they're half-brothers? Will they form a closer relationship?