duVerre July 8, 2015 Share July 8, 2015 he is transformed from a mercurial, witty, sardonic, depressive ne'er-do-well rake into an ineffectual fop who can't do anything right. I agree with you completely. It's much more interesting if Francis is shown as talented (manners, wit, socially impressive), and with the potential to be a genuinely upstanding guy. Then we really feel something--like shaking him, or sorrow for him, or both--when he then follows his weakest instincts. As it stands, he is a completely blank space. In the 70s, I thought the minor females (Karen, Morwenna, Emma) were all underwritten. That's such a sweeping reaction that I assume I didn't give them much of a chance and obviously, I don't know how the new series will be handling them. Still, more than anything else, it's the lives of the minor female characters that make me wants to read the books. Link to comment
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