- "Nobody. Hardly anybody. A few people. Mr Singh at the newsagents, and your parents - I told them. And of course at parties if your name comes up."
- —Fran listing the people who she told that Emma had abandoned her fiancée, Bernard Black
Mr. Singh is a worker at Bloombury's local newsagent's. Not much is known about him, although the sound of his name may indicate that he has family outside of Britain, possibly in Asia.
- Singh is a common Indian surname which derives from the Sanskrit word for 'lion'.
- Party (Mentioned only)