I have a question, but I am not sure if it falls under the category of spoiler, extra-canonical info, or in-depth analysis of ur novels and its characters that ur not willing to go into. But here I am asking the question anyway: is Whelk in any way a reflection on an aspect of Gansey's character and ambitions? Meaning, is Whelk almost a foil for what Gansey could have been if he'd chosen a different path or had a different reason for wanting to find Glendower?
Here are three facts about Barrington Whelk:
1) he is named after a realtor who I thought I would never see again after I named a villain after him.
1b) sadly I was wrong.
2) Barrington Whelk is what happens to young white men with incredibly ridiculous names when they are given absolutely everything they desire with no consequences and are told they can be do have anything without ever having to fail break lose anything to show them how life really works.
2b) only he never gets stung to death by insects which is the #1 top-selling way of getting set on a new path that has potential for depth of personality and production of empathy
3) so the answer to your question is yes so long as we lean hard on that almost and don’t think too hard about that realtor.