I'm writing my current story, working title The Tales of Alaska Malone from the title character's perspective. A lot of what happens to Alaska revolves around the men of her life, but one stands out amongst them. I know his name is John Doe, but she won't know untill a great deal of the story has passed. Early in the story she calls him by his name, but she uses the name more like a discription of him, an unknown person. As of yet, I've been identifying when she's referring to John specifically by italicizing the pronouns "he," "him," or "his" according to the context. My question is if there's a better way to identify him without using his name or constantly resorting to formatting?