Originally Posted by idfnl
In my opinion she gave him the apartment because there was no real relationship, just a shell. My point was he has no value to her now
since he's wrecked the family's reputation. Notice I said "Now that Pete has destroyed it [reputation], he's useless". Trudy needed the reputation above all else. Now its gone.
In essence, my comment was directed at the new reality for the couple and the change in dynamics brought on by the latest episode. In my opinion his value is gone. I thought my post's current state intent was obvious, and viewed thru that context I believe it makes perfect sense.
This still makes no sense as your events are all out of temporal order for a coherent explanation. The apartment happened before this (minor) scandal but you are using his, in your opinion, ruined reputation as the causative factor for Trudy giving him the apartment in your original answer. Additionally, no one knows about the affair but a couple of people so the "family's reputation" is completely intact and as if a little infidelity can ruin the reputation of an entrenched WASP family.
If, "in essence," your comment was directed at "the new reality" it was completely non-responsive to the original question.