One of the questions one carries throughout The Last Gentleman is whether or not Will Barrett has friends among the Vaught family. The attachment to the dying Jamie Vaught is noticed more by others than Barrett himself; Kitty seems aloof despite her pledged love; Rita acts smart and wise until her ex-husband Sutter Vaught shows up and then they succumb to bickering. The parents Vaught are comic buffoon types, unaware of the youthful drama(s) surrounding their estate.
Barrett is most disturbing and disturbed when he is left alone, and Percy chose to show Barrett in his best form when in conversation with others (Kitty excepted). The southern bonds that brought the Vaughts and Barrett together in New York City seem useless in Georgia; there is little foreshadowing apparent, and Barrett’s undoing will likely be a mess.