I cannot reply all ur questions, but,
For Paul's parent, we don't hear about them, for very very long,
I think his dad died somewhere on the road...
About Philip: Yes he is. He is Jill'son, and now their son, is back from war.....so on
For Gill, no, she is not the maid's daughter, ...a newcommer is...
very interesting for now....
have a nice day,