Dark Persuasion, though, is more than a story about Patrick and Charlotte. Another main character, is Rupert Rochester, Patrick's younger brother of two years.
Today I surfed Dreamstime attempting to find a picture that came close to my visualization of him. I'm not sure this one is exactly how I picture him physically, but his actions are spot on. Now, just add a group of women standing around drooling, and you've got the picture of the flattering rogue that I've created.
Of course, like any other character, there are reasons he acts as he does. Rupert is no different. His childhood has forged him into a man who doesn't care to feel much of anything. His hobbies are to conquer women and make a study of their underskirts, rather than the law classes at Oxford. It makes him feel in control and conceals the wounds of his childhood when he had no control.
His current relationship with Patrick is strained. Rupert holds a deep disappointment in how his brother has evolved in life. Patrick feels the same about him. His brother has a conscience; Rupert has no conscience. He's out to play the game of seduction and conquest. Charlotte Gray is his target, because there's something about seducing a vulnerable woman that's arousing to his debase senses. Yes, he's a sick bastard.
It will be interesting to see how you feel about him as the antagonist of the story. He really can be vulgar. On the other hand, he's a bit endearing, too. You sort of want to scoop him up and give him a hug or maybe just slap him across the face to knock sense into his pretty little head. He will shock you, entice you, and you'll wonder what to do with him.
I had a lot of fun of creating Rupert. There are times as an author I feel like Victor Frankenstein. I steal bits and pieces of personality quirks, physical aspects, and brains. Then I sew them together on the operating table of my imagination. I create a unique character. I make him talk, walk, think, and devise evil plots - just like me.
In the end, I get to make a choice. Does the mob of my readers want to see him killed off or do I redeem him and let him live. No wonder some authors are on the brink of mental illness. We are diabolical creators of living characters and have absolute power over their fate. It's sort of quirky - like Rupert.
Well, whatever I decided to do with Rupert Rochester, you'll just have to read the book to find out. In the meantime, here are a few choice lines from Rupert you might enjoy as he speaks to his brother. Such love.
“What the hell are you doing here?” he pressed for an answer. “We just get back to uncle’s, and the first thing you do is ride into ye ole’ Sherwood Forest.” Rupert shook his head. “Damn, brother, you’re losing it.”
“You son-of-a-bitch! You’re so damnable righteous in your attitude. What a bloody, pretentious, self-absorbed ass you are.”
“Well, that’s a bloody load of drivel!” he spouted. (After signing a letter he pens in closing as "Regretfully Yours").I'm sure you get the drift. Rupert Rochester is literally a piece of work .
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