I can sort of sympathize with Richard's denial. Accepting that he is not on earth and that it is the future means he is accepting that his family is dead, his friends are dead, his culture is dead, his language is dead, and everything he has ever known and held as truth is "ancient history".
On the bright side, any debt he had has been written off on account of the banks folding, so ... one plus, I guess.
I keep wanting to think of something relatively clever to say, but all I can get out is 'fffffff' and a lot of snickering. I will give Dick that he sticks to his guns. He sticks to his guns really really well.
(Does he prefer Alpine to Dick if folk are gonna shorten or is it just me and my thirty-five years of having an Uncle Dick that makes the name sound more like a name and less like anatomy to me? Other mid-century names in Hat's family tree include Corky, Butch, and Wanda.)
( His overall preference is 'Alpine Dick', but if people don't use the 'Alpine' he prefers 'Dick' to 'Richard'. Tal keeps using 'Richard' because it seemed safest for courtesy, since Alpine mentioned he had a nickname but didn't specify that Tal could use it and didn't correct him when Tal kept calling him 'Richard'. Alpine files this under French Guy Is Snooty. Conversely, Tal isn't happy with 'Frenchie' but doesn't consider it worth arguing about under the circumstances. I just use 'Alpine' in the notes because it's shorter. )