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July 2, 2008
I propose to study the
"deceptive character" motif.
One such mode is the
"secret identity" ala the
Scarlet Pimpernel. It can be played the
other way: the character
The surface is weak, seems dangerous, but is
the core is strong. really a nice guy.
The surface is hard,
but the core is soft.
A common theme:
Concealed villainy is softness is strength,
also common: the drive to be hard
is a weakness.
The surface is good,
the core is evil.
This is a prerequisite for the
mystery genre form, but it's TARTUFFE The sort of thing
origins are much older. that falls out of
that mathmatics of
strategy, I would
The surface and the
core must differ, but TITFORTAT
the nature of the
difference can vary. Note that "deception"
is a biological
strategy arrived at
The disguise may be intentional, in nature. The
or it may be an accident of moth that looks like
character -- or a flaw in the Prejudice a leaf to avoid
observer's understanding of invites an being eaten, the
character. assumption non-poisonous snake
of evil, that mimics a
In the case of John Le where the poisonous variety.
Carre's "Smiley", the core is
character understands his good. Like a burglar
appearence is meek, and so alarm decal
exploits it consciously: without the
"cover is what you are". alarm.
But he is a "deep one",
with more to him than The difference must
meets the eye. concern a valued
quality: the difference
must make a difference.
The rich man that
passes as poor.
The poor man
passing as rich.
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