17yo Thelma's 43-year-old boyfriend.
Was 17 the legal age of sexual consent in Chicago at this time?
When Thelma brought her older boyfriend to meet the family, James never made any reference that he was doing something illegal. He never made any reference to him being a "pedophile," an insult we throw around today if someone courts a late teen. Nowadays, in states where the legal age is 18, most fathers would turn to violence if they found out there 17yo daughter was dating an old man, or call the police. James actually befriended the dude, his only beef with him that was he too old for her.
Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.