The young man that replaces the old gentleman who seems so defeated by the vicissitudes of life on the bench is described as being "fairly well dressed" but having the same depressed and browbeaten disposition. As he sits down, he angrily and audibly swears as if to show the way that the world is conspiring against him. The young man clearly shows himself to be a good confidence trickster, as the story that he tells the protagonist is plausible and told convincingly, trying to get Gortsby to give him some money:
He threw a good deal of warmth into the last remark, as though perhaps to indicate his hopes that Gortsby did not fall far short of the requisite decency.
However, his flaw is forgetting the soap that was so much a part of his story, and which Gortsby correctly establishes is the Achilles heel of his attempt to fleece him. Having been challenged, the young man walks off with his head held high and "an air of somewhat jaded jauntiness." His defensiveness is shown yet again when Gortsby finds him after discovering the bar of soap. He is clearly a young man who is something of a chancer, trying to take advantage of others through the stories that he spins, and is incredibly surprised when Gortsby reveals that he found the soap after all.