I'd guess you could expect some pretty serious misunderstandings if you put people of such radically disparate backgrounds as Linda and Hugo together. Certainly this is one such.
Still, you'd also expect people of the intellect of my two protagonists to fairly quickly recognize when a misunderstanding has occurred, and to try to rectify it. As does Linda, especially. I've read too many books, and seen too many movies, in which the characters act like such idiots that a simple misunderstanding becomes a plot focus and turns the whole thing into a farce. My idea is to make my characters intelligent enough to rise above such things-not intellectual giants above the reader's (or my own) comprehension, but not so dumb as to fail to spot obvious mistakes, nor so stubborn as to refuse to attempt to promptly correct them.
By the way, did you notice the sequence in which Hugo thinks of those he'll no longer see again once he realizes what's happened? First his friend and hunting partner, only then his mate, and lastly his children. I didn't specifically consider the point when I was writing, but once I realized what I'd done I left it be; it seemed to me appropriate for the era of Hugo's origin. Admittedly it might be a different sequence for a modern man, but that's kind of the point.
Thanks to all who've been boosting my ratings-rather earlier than I'd expected. And thanks, too, to those who've bought the entire novel on Amazon. It's all a nice sop to my ego, without a healthy regard for which one doesn't become an author.