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Similarity between the characters of the old man in 'Umbrella Man' by Roald Dahl and...
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- Experienced tricksters -- professionalism.
- Well woven stories with sealed loop holes.
- Pityful personality --- Convincing the public.
- Successful at the end.
- Circumstances to support their cause --
Both the young con man in "Dusk" and the old man in "The Umbrella Man" have concocted stories that will bring them relatively large sums of money if they have the desired effect on the victim. If they were mere panhandlers they couldn't expect to receive handouts of a whole pound sterling. At best they would probably get an occasional shilling (one-twentieth of a pound) along with many rejections. In other words, they would have to succeed in getting handouts at least twenty times in order to accumulate one pound. Percentage-wise, they would probably have to hit on at least one hundred people before they received twenty shillings. But both the Umbrella Man and the Young Stranger have fashioned stories that will bring in a whole pound from a single benefactor and thereby save them a whole lot of time, trouble, and rejections. The Umbrella Man is offering to sell an umbrella worth around twenty pounds for only one pound, and the young stranger is only asking for a short-term loan which he will repay within one or two days. Both these tricksters pose as affluent members of the upper class. It is ironic that people seem more willing to give money to people who don't really need it than they are to give money to people who are broke, hungry and homeless.
Posted by billdelaney on January 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM (Answer #3)
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Hope this helps azaylion !!!!! Its in points .... You can easily expand it !! :)
Old man had the jovial rainy season. Youth had the cake of soap luckily below the bench.
Posted by kaustubhbhatter on October 21, 2010 at 2:54 AM (Answer #1)
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