As for my worthless take this, I say what person at any age isn't as multi-faceted and contradictory as that (even if it's not always definable in an outer sense). However, I agree with Andrew. Can’t really back it up as it will all just sound redundant with past comments. Maybe it’s just my fondness for Barrie…but I also think is an understanding of Barrie’s love…well, we all know the story. As for Rupert…oh, this is all so fascinating! However, the disappearance and return, though curious, is not so strange to me. That may simply be the fact that my mum is known for her disappearances and even stranger returns, and it’s a trait passed down to myself. All those reasons you suggested for what he was up to are possible, JAQ, though what happens to me is a number of different things (but yes, quite a few alien abductions). But why for Rupert…? Maybe some event in a way or maybe the poet in him. I also don’t think Michael was tempting his “doom” nor that he and R were homosexual…sounds like lovers, but as friends often are without the physical since…heart, mind…strongest of all the spirit. Hope the more treasures for archeologists come along…I’m just as curious as all of you!