Maybe I've been conflating the OS with MC too much.
But, assuming Harlan is the IC in Universe, I can't seem to zero in on how he's in Universe either.
Most Mystery stories have the MC in Universe with the OS in Psychology...
And most of them have Universe, Past...
Looking at what's on Subtext, for instance:
Flightplan, X-Files, Dark City, Manchurian Candidate, Klute, Rear Window...
With rare exception, the IC in Past (Memento)...
Not that majority rules here, but if Harlan is in Universe (likely Past), I'm having a hard time seeing that. We may have covered that, but what would that look like?
Using @MWollaeger's approach of looking at the IC through the eyes of MC...
Harlan in Universe would look like... what exactly?
Having a hard time seeing any situation from him that affects Marta.
It's still a lot easier for me to see him in Mind...
Looking at what he says to Marta, et al his impact seems to come from a place of having a fixed attitude:
"They're not our books, son. They're my books... I've done you a grave disservice all these years... you're not going to run the publishing house anymore... my mind's made up."
"I know my daughter. She'd want to know. I've put it all in this letter to her, tomorrow she gets it. You tell her or I will."
"I'm writing this tuition check, then that is the last money you or Meg will get from me. I know it'll hurt but it's for the best... my mind's made up."
"If you're going to put that vile shit in me you will have to earn it."
"Ugh, Walt's smoking a cigar on the porch. Nasty things."
"I should have what... ecouraged Walt... Been a father, not just a provider... I should have been kinder to Linda. And Ransom."
"I don't fear death. But god I'd like to fix some of this before I go. Close the book with a flourish."
They look at each other for a second. She's panicked. He's thinking.
"If what you said is true I am gone, there's no saving me, we have six minutes... only you can help me do it. But you need to trust me and do everything I say."
"Get you out of this [situation]. Think of your mom -- please trust me, we have to make this look ironclad..."
- believing in something (that Marta's family shouldn't be deported)
- having biases for something (that his family doesn't deserve the inheritance and she does, also again about her family... a positive bias that she can't disrupt that)
- being dogmatic
- clashing attitudes about something
- being pigheaded about something
- believing someone is inferior to others
- having a fixed point of view (my mind is made up)
- being tyrannical
- considering someone
- clashing attitudes
- taking a contrarian view
- hating people who whine
Can someone explain how he is in Universe?