She turned her bleached face to him and gave a small nod. Elizabeth rammed the key into the lock and twisted it back and forth. Dexter looked at the shop-fronts opposite. One of them had a dull red light over the door; its number was painted in numerals as tall as a man.
‘Morty!’ he said. ‘Shouldn’t you be living in a proper house?’
‘Oh shutup. You’re worse than Mum.’
Dexter fell back to the edge of the pavement and they went past him into the building. The street door clashed behind them.
explain: "Morty" is Elizabeth's nick name
- Does "Shouldn’t you be living in a proper house?" mean "why should you be living in a proper house?"
As an non-native this type of question confuse me.
- Does "You are worse than Mum" mean literally and "Mum" here is her Mum?
Source: The Children's Bach by Helen Garner.