What features of Elphberg Prince Rudolf are possessed by Rudolf Rassendyll in The Prisoner of Zenda?

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In Anthony Hope’s novel, Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates Prince Rudolf on the verge of his coronation; he manages to do so largely because they share a number of physical features. There are other ways that he has to learn in order to succeed with his masquerade.

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In Anthony Hope’s novel, Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates Prince Rudolf on the verge of his coronation; he manages to do so largely because they share a number of physical features. There are other ways that he has to learn in order to succeed with his masquerade.

The two main features that they have in common are striking: both have red hair and a long straight nose. These similarities are so strong that not only can Rassendyll approximate the king at a distance, but even fool his fiancée, Princess Flavia. Because the future of the kingdom, not only the Prince’s life, depends on his convincing others that the prince was actually crowned and is in his rightful place, rather than locked into a dungeon somewhere, Rassendyll must cultivate a regal air of dignity. As he is more of a dashing adventurer, he has to learn to be serious and methodical. And although it may seem that the king has taken for granted his fiancée, whom Rassendyll adores, it can be said that loving her is a feature they have in common.

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Rudolf Rassendyll, in the lineage of the distinguished Burlesdon family, shared three features with the supposed unrelated Rudolf the Third of Ruritania, which is the Elphberg's lineage. The Elphberg's have been identified for time immemorial by their long, straight sharp noses and by their masses of dark-red hair. All scandal involving the beautiful wife of Lord Burlesdon of 1733 and the visiting aforementioned Prince Rudolf aside for the moment, the picture galleries of the long line of Burlesdons feature dark eyes and hair that is anything but red, dark or otherwise, except for a half dozen individuals who have long, sharp straight noses and luxurious heads of dark-red hair. Rudolf Rassendyll prides himself on the fact that he also shares the Elphberg traits of dark-red hair and a long, sharp straight nose. On top of which he and the scandalous Price Rudolf of earlier infamy (the scandal will out) share the name Rudolf.

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